It becomes a habit. Each week we learn or take the basics of padel technique. This time, let's talk about the rear window exit.
It is a move that is not at all obvious. First of all because it is a backhand, and the backhand is a blow that requires practice. Then because if you are used to the backhand with 2 hands, you will have to try to change, because the window exit is much easier with 1 hand.
We may make a world of this type of blow at the beginning, once we understand how it works, it goes by itself. Come on, let's not delay, here are the basic tips for a good backhand out of the window.
Step 1: resumption of support
For all the strokes of the padel that you are going to play, it is better to make a recovery of downforce. A small jump that takes place when the opponent touches the ball. This way your reaction and preparation time will always be the same.
Step 2: preparation
It is the fastest information your brain can process; activate the arms. So why deprive yourself of it. You know you are going to play a backhand so place the pala on the backhand side first. Do you play with 2 hands? Same thing. First, you don't know the ball is going to hit the back glass, so prepare as if it was a normal backhand. Once the pala is placed and you know the ball is going to go towards the glass, then “snap” your wrist upward to bring the pala's head closer to you.
Step 3: the first step
The first step will allow you to better position yourself. This is a very important step for the realization of this move. The idea is to take the first step backwards with the non-dominant leg (the one that does not carry the pala) in the direction from which the ball is coming. This way your body will position itself behind the ball for a better shot.
Step 4: the final support
Once steps 2 and 3 have been completed, it remains to adjust your placement. It is not with a single step that one can always be well placed. Sometimes you will need to adjust your position with 3, 4, or 5 more steps. Once these steps have been taken, it is the turn of the last step, the one taken with the dominant leg. This last step should be taken between the moment the ball hits the glass and the moment you hit the ball. Why ? Simply to change the dynamics of your body from back to front, have control when hitting, and steer the game in the direction you want with the tip of the foot acting as the sight.
Step 5: typing
With all the pieces in their place, your body is ready to hit the ball. The impact will have to be realized in front of you in order to have maximum control, which we are looking for with this window exit. No power therefore because the ball is low and because we are trying to get back quickly. A low window exit played quickly will not give us enough time to regain our defensive position, which will give the opponents the opportunity to complete the point.
In order to better assimilate all these stages of the production of the rear window exit, here are some images. Make good use of it ...
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.