Taking care of your padel gear means keeping it performing for a long time and allows us to reduce the risk of injury. Here are some gear tips.
In order to better advise padel players, it is first necessary to show the errors that they commit or may commit. We have selected 6 common mistakes that you can easily correct for the good of your body and your padel equipment. Thank you to our colleagues from Padel Addict.
Buy an old model of pala
This is one of the first mistakes that padel players can make. You played a few years ago in Spain with a pala which enchanted you, then you had to leave the padel aside and now that's it, you have time to start again. You look for that “old” pala, and you find it. Please note: This pala has lost capacity since the years it was stored. Today the brands offer palas so different that you will find your happiness. For those who are still looking for the great offer by opting for models from the previous year, try to have a guarantee, it can help.
Don't have a bag
Do not go to play padel without a bag. It does not matter whether it is a backpack or a super last generation paletero. Use a bag or a cover for your pala, protects it from the sun, humidity and various blows that it could receive unnecessarily. Advice: If after a match or training your pala is wet, when you get home, take it out of its cover and dry it in the open air.
Playing with balls without pressure
To save some money, you play with old balls. Balls that are too “soft” will quickly degrade your pala and above all will quickly cause pain in your arm during large smash strikes. Tip: Either you share the price of the ball box with others, or you can test the Pascal Box tube, an investment of 50 €.
Playing with runnings
The first few times you play padel, you play with the shoes you have. Considering that this sport will please you, consider investing in suitable shoes. For a minimum of money you will have more rigid shoes, which will hold your foot better, and which will have suitable soles.
Leave your bag in the trunk of the car
This is one of the most common mistakes made. You leave for work in the morning, put your bag in the trunk, and take it out in the evening for your scheduled match. The worries ? Your pala suffered from heat or cold while staying in your car. Do not hesitate to take your bag or just your pala out of the vehicle. She doesn’t really like the temperature differences
Buy a used pala
Buying second-hand is often left or double. You are thinking of making a great deal by buying a pala of the current year at a great price, and in the end, this pala splits after a few hours of play. The problem is that you do not know the conditions under which the pala was kept. Our advice: If you want to buy second hand, do it through your network.
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.