- snowshoe holds are a fairly sensitive subject among monitors padel. For or against gripping the pala correctly, the choice is yours.

Grip his pala correctly padel may or may not allow you to play well. There are several grips of rackets that are interesting to know, but do we have to use them all in order to become a better player?

Among professionals, the one who most often changes his racket grip is Juan lebron. Almost every time, its grip is modified for a search for efficiency with each impact. Forehand, backhand, window exits, volleys, bandejas, smashes, everything goes, a real puzzle to understand all these movements and changes.

Should we act like Lebron? And do all the other players change the takes that much? Well no. Each player is different and grabs the pala the way they want, which is what makes each player who they are. At high level, it is often this racquet grip that makes the difference.

Watch snowshoeing in France from one of the very best French players: Benjamin Tison. Do you find it ordinary?

He is the best left-hander in France, player of the World Padel Tour, a style of play that is complicated for opponents to read, he can do everything with the ball, and yet he can have atypical holds.

2 schools

There are two methods of learning that you may have encountered before.

The first school is the one that requires you to take a snowshoe from the first lesson. In general we speak to you of a “continental” or hammer grip, which is the most common grip that allows you to play all the strokes of the padel.

The second school is that of freedom of expression. No matter what grip you have, the important thing is that you are comfortable on the track. With time and experience, you will find that changing the grip a bit after the stroke can help you play better.

So here we are talking about the adults who would start the padel. We certainly have our opinion and our point of view on how to approach the catch. Know first that these 2 methods work, but that they are difficult to make understand to all the teachers.

In children it is different. The technique is important and the racket grip too. Having a good mastery of the pala from an early age helps prevent injuries and quickly gain efficiency on the track. Be careful that the racket grip does not become an obsession under penalty of boring the players. The most obvious example is the music school where we overload the learning by music theory while children simply want to touch the instruments.

Teachers, instructors, parents, children, students, snowshoeing is both an interesting and complicated subject. It's up to you to see how you want to approach it.

Below we tell you about the catches.

The different catches of padel


Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and players of padel. Columnist and advisor, he helps you to play better through his many tutorials padel.