To enrich the discussion on balls, by continuing the thread of the latest articles, I now want to explore a specific aspect: balls that are expelled out of the field following a powerful and/or technical shot.

A phenomenon that often arouses astonishment is that of smashes coming out of par 3s, and to understand it it is essential to take into account certain sometimes imperceptible elements. I will try to clarify this aspect and highlight some subtleties that you may have missed, in order to make you aware that you do not operate in the same environment or in the same conditions as professional players.

When you watch a world elite match, it is not uncommon to see the attacking players, real bombers of the padel, make the ball come out with disconcerting ease, and at a height of the grid which seems unattainable for ordinary mortals. This move, perfectly mastered by your idols, is the result of a combination of several environmental, material, and technical factors that I will detail.

1. The playing environment and field conditions

The grounds of padel deployed during professional competitions are generally designed to promote dynamic and fast play. The carpet is of optimal quality, the structure of the ultra-stable court is the best, and the windows are exceptionally responsive, being cleaned frequently during the same match.

2. Weather conditions

Atmospheric pressure and air humidity have a significant impact on the behavior of bullets. padel. In summer, when the air pressure is lower and the air is warmer, the ball tends to bounce higher and travel longer. In contrast, in winter, with higher atmospheric pressure and colder air, the ball bounces lower and moves more slowly. The higher the atmospheric pressure, the greater the air resistance. In addition, air humidity can also influence the behavior of the ball, particularly in winter when it condenses on the court windows. The ball is heavier, it slides on the Plexiglas and struggles to gain height.

In indoor tournaments, which represent the majority of the circuit Premier Padel, there is almost no humidity unlike what happens when you play, like me, outdoors on a winter evening surrounded by vegetation. There is also a connection with heat. As mentioned previously, the majority of tournaments are held indoors, which guarantees ideal playing conditions and avoids any disruption due to weather hazards. This way, players can concentrate entirely on their performance. Free from any external interference, they can express their offensive potential in the best possible conditions. The indoor environment, with its high temperature due to the machines and lighting, and the presence of an engaged audience, adds a few Celsius to the electrifying atmosphere of these competitions. Under the influence of heat, the internal pressure of the ball increases, causing it to bounce with more vigor and rise to higher heights. This extended flight time increases the likelihood that the ball will venture beyond the playing surface.

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In summer, playing outdoors can also be very demanding on players, balls and equipment. Indeed, direct exposure to the sun causes the balls to heat up more quickly than indoors, due to direct solar radiation. These ideal conditions favor a dynamic and explosive game, conducive to powerful smashes. In addition, the professional tournament calendar strives to follow a seasonal logic by organizing events on different continents at specific times, in order to generally take advantage of very favorable weather conditions. For example, in March, tournaments may take place in the Middle East (Qatar), during the summer in Northern Europe (Finland), in the fall in the southwest hemisphere (Mexico), and a break is often observed during winter.

3. The quality and freshness of the balls

During professional tournaments padel, the bullets used are, of course, new. They are changed every 9 games, which is a practice that amateur players generally do not do. This frequent change ensures that the balls maintain absolute pressure throughout the match, which is essential to ensure ultra-dynamic play. Another distinctive aspect of professional tournaments is the use of four balls instead of three. This helps limit ball wear and maintain an excellent level of performance throughout the match. Indeed, with four balls on the field, the probability of a ball being worn or damaged is less, which contributes to a more impactful and spectacular game.

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4. The level and experience of the players

Finally, it is essential to recognize that professional players are elite athletes who have spent decades perfecting their game. Their intensive training, supervision by professional teams and use of unique equipment combined with technique of exceptional striking and an ability to execute powerful and precise blows in any position, allow them to perform certain blows without appearing to exert a great deal of effort.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the impressive smashes you see during matches on professional tours are the result of a combination of factors, ranging from playing conditions to individual player skills. It is essential to recognize that it would be wrong to expect to reproduce these technical feats with the same ease, because the par 3 smash is one of the most difficult shots to master, and is only accessible after a long learning and in-depth assimilation of the techniques specific to this shot. If the par 3 has long been a formidable shot in the padel professional, it is today much less effective.

Indeed, modern defenders take a more proactive approach, further anticipating the attacker's intentions and starting with lightning speed. This amplified anticipation allows them to exit the structure more quickly and counter ball exits with formidable efficiency. Direct consequence: the par 3 is no longer as “lucrative” as before, and attackers must now explore other options to surprise their opponents (like the lobbed smash that we saw here). Among amateurs, the par 3 retains its appearance as a symbol of excellence, signifying the pinnacle of skill, the sacred shot, the ultimate ambition, the often elusive dream, and the confirmation/validation of a high level.

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!