At the padel, to start a point well, you must serve well or return. Here we will focus on the forehand return and backhand return. We most often explain that the padel is a lob sport. Except that on return, on complicated services, it is better by moment to return low, right in front or crossed


What tactic was adopted when returning from service or how to avoid an easy smatch of the opponents?


Two options are available to us:

1 / Either the service is easy to return and in this case, all options are open:

  • back to lob
  • back down to the center or on the players
  • back in the feet

2 / Either the service is complicated to return:

A complicated service is a long service with the most often a cut effect near the walls ... In short, a service where you are not comfortable ...

In this case, I recommend a return down to avoid making a lob too short, too good opportunity for the opponents to finish the point easily. It is better to opt for the following options:

  • back to the center
  • back to the body

Indeed, as it is easy to earn a point on an easy to execute smatch, it is not possible for everyone to earn a point directly with a volley.

In the following videos, you will observe both types of situations. The return down allows us to counter-attack with a lob if the volley performed by our opponents does not present a problem. If not, it is advisable to play again down while waiting for a more favorable time for the lob.

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