When we talk about backhand service, especially in the padel modern, we immediately think of Paquito Navarro, when he serves to the left on the first ball. For the oldest, the first name that may come to mind is Sebastian Nerone or, Carolina Navarro, among the ladies.

This move, long shunned and very little used, is starting to slowly make its nest in the padel current. Paquito is no longer the only one to use it and this was seen in Bordeaux, notably during the quarter-final in Bordeaux, opposing the pair Nieto / Sanz to the duo Goenaga / Ayats. Enrique Goenaga stood out with his backhand serves, left and right, and on the first as well as the second ball!

In this same match, Coki Nieto himself “had fun” serving in this way. However, the Madrilenian does not use this move frequently…

It must be said that there are several significant advantages to serving with the backhand, even for an amateur player:

  • He's easier to create a sliced ​​effect on the backhand than on the forehand. On the right, a twist of the handle is necessary to give spin to the ball, which is not the case on the backhand. This results in a ball that spins more.
  • The rebound on the glass will surprise the opponent who, 99% of the time, returns a forehand serve. Therefore, with a particular bounce off the glass, it can give you an easier first volley to negotiate.
  • Additionally, if you know how to serve backhanded, This allows you to vary your shots much more. Another way to confuse your opponent, if you change the way you serve each time!
  • Last but not least, if you are a player whose strong shot is the backhand, this service is for you ! It will be much easier for you to provide speed and precision in your serve, therefore allowing you a higher first serve rate.

For those who would like to try it, Carolina Navarro gives you his technique:

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.