Do you have to be big on padel? Should we be small? In short what is the ideal size in our sport. You will see that the subject is much more complex than tennis for example. Indeed, padel is a team sport. And there can be something for everyone.

Firstly, the so-called “small” players, who are generally less than 1m72, are most often found in a defensive position. Often right-wing players, these players are low on the legs and formidable in defense. Weak point: You can more easily pass them with the lobs. But the best not only have very good relaxation, but also have very good Bandeja and / or vibora. For others, they are even PAR 3 Parallèle specialists.

We can cite some players like Johan Bergeron, the reigning French padel champion or Sanyo Gutierrez, who is also used to distilling a feint of smash Par 3 small grid in parallel.

Grabiel, Mati Diaz, Cristian Gutierrez, Chingotto also make incredible shots on the right. We also see that they are very regular players and strong physically.

Then, when you're a player on the right, you also have to trust the player on the left, who is supposed to run more terrains. And therefore not extension, it is supposed to be larger, to get some high balls on the side of his partner. In addition, it is often said that the player on the left must preserve the backhand volley of the player on the right. What a job for the player on the left. But beware, who says bigger, more coverage, also says more mistakes.

The low balls will also be more complicated to take, it will be necessary to flex more. And in general, when the big one is in defense (baseline), it is on him that the trade can be oriented.

It takes everything to make a world, and in padel, we need each other. So trust your partner and have fun!

What is the ideal size for a padel player?

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.