Following our previous article on the overpowering shots of 2.0 players and ball pressure, we will debate whether or not it is useful to modify certain parameters.

The standards for bullets padel, just as in other sports where changes have been necessary to progress, are not fixed and could be subject to evolution. We find that changing certain rules where necessary is generally well-received. The question of a slight decrease in bullet pressure can be debated, especially at the highest level, raising arguments for and against this modification.

Changing rules, always a challenge

The transformation of a sporting rule represents a significant challenge for maintaining interest in athletic disciplines, as demonstrated by the example of squash. Initially, squash used a system of 9 indirect points, which highlighted the strategic and mental dimension of the game, promoting patience and self-control among players. Subsequently, this sport adopted a system of 15 direct points, offering faster and more dynamic rallies. However, this change brought its share of complexity with a scoring sometimes difficult to follow and matches can drag on. The current 11 direct point system is considered the best for squash: it is simple, fast and encourages attacking play, making it attractive to players, spectators and broadcasters. It allows for spectacular and enterprising exchanges, while being easily understandable.

The evolution of sporting rules is a complex and multidimensional process, and the example of squash illustrates the possibility of reconciling tradition and innovation to make a sport more attractive while preserving its identity.

The example of “punto de oro”

Le padel demonstrates its flexibility in embracing timely rule changes, as illustrated by the positive approval met by some amendments. We saw this with the introduction of the “punto de oro” which allows:

  • Accelerate the pace of close matches by avoiding long advantage exchanges.
  • To increase the suspense by providing a crucial decisive point for winning the game.
  • To promote the spectacle by highlighting the strategic and mental qualities of the players.

Even if the Punto de Oro is a rule which still divides some and which has not been approved by all (it is not in force on the world reference circuit, the Premier Padel), it is undeniable that it brings a new dimension of excitement and suspense to matches.

Reduce bullet pressure?

Bullet tubes padel I think 2024

So why not lower the ball pressure so that players return to a more patient and less decisive game? It is essential to seek a balance between power and control, thus allowing players to express themselves fully and offering a game that is perhaps less spectacular, but more focused on technique and finesse. These adjustments would give players the opportunity to flourish while providing a more enjoyable spectacle for spectators, whether they are on site or in front of their screen.

Stéphane Penso

Fan of padel, Stéphane has become the official tester of the planet padel in Europe. Everything goes through his expert hands. Thanks to his extensive experience in the snowshoeing world, he is able to scan your gear from head to toe!