Progress at padel is at any level. Whether you're a beginner or a newcomer, you can always improve your game. Whether big changes or details, everything is good for a better game. As every week, with these tutorials, let's learn a little more: The position of waiting.
We will consider as a waiting position, the place where we position our racket between two shots, one that we have just realized and the one to come.
This waiting position must allow us to quickly access all phases of the game For this we will detail two areas: At the bottom of the field and the net.
The waiting position should be with the racket held with both hands, in front of you, the top of the pala in front of us. Since the majority of the balls we will have to play will hit below the belt (defense), our waiting position will be low, the hand holding the neck at this belt or slightly below.
In this way we will gain a few milliseconds that will allow us to better prepare our forehand or backhand, quickly access a low ball or exit window, and if we decide to put pressure on our opponents by crossing the line of service, we can play a low volley at our feet.
If our opponents play a ball with a lot of rebound, we will have plenty of time to adjust our position.
At the net we are in attack position so the majority of the shots we will achieve will be above the belt. Keeping a low waiting position will slow us down in the preparation of a volley or tape. Solution: Lift the pala up to the chest.
In this way we will quickly access the classic flights (remember that to play the low flyings are our legs that must bend and not our pala that must go to the ground) and we can protect our body and our face balls played so violent from our opponents.
The final word
We must find our waiting position with each support, this little jump that we realize when the opponents touch the ball. Think about your waiting position, low or high and you will gain more time that will make you better shots.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.