Important point today for players who make the wrong choice tactically. Turn to play in reverse or move for a right hit en window exit ?

Here is the situation. Right-handed to the left or left-handed to the right, you must play a ball out of the window coming from the diagonal on your forehand. The problem is the choice of shot. Either I play a forehand window exit with the risk of losing my position, or I turn with the ball to play a backhand.
This situation, at an advanced level, is no longer a concern because the players know how to read the trajectory of the ball. But at a beginner to intermediate level, this little tip can help.

Place the pala

It's not more complicated than that. When you have the information that the ball is coming on your forehand, place the pala back, with the top or head of the pala pointing the glass. This way you will have a neutral base. The ball comes to the glass? No worries, I go with her, and realize that I can play her forehand, I'm already ready with my pala to push the ball and recover my position forward.

My opponents' ball takes more of an angle (perhaps a backhand volley from them, a víbora or a smash, in the end it doesn't matter), my pala is placed, I accompany the ball, I realize that I won't be able to play forehand, so I turn, the pala stays in place, and once I turn, I trigger the backhand.

Let's see what it looks like on video

In this video you can see how the player places his pala then makes the decision to turn or not depending on the angle and the rebound. By doing so, you will learn to hold your position on the lane for the next shot. You are well placed to play the window exit, you make the right decision and after impact, in addition to finishing forward to put your opponents under pressure, you are already ready for the next ball.

At high speed this exercise is much more difficult, but if, during your learning, at much slower speed, you begin to know how to detect whether you have to play forehand or backhand these window exits, you will learn to read the trajectories with a pala always correctly placed and ready for action.

Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife. He is the founder of, a software very popular with clubs and players of padel. Columnist and advisor, he helps you to play better through his many tutorials padel.