Au padel, it is important to know how to position yourself to give the fewest possibilities to your opponents. It is impossible to avoid all the possibilities, but we will see how to position yourself to cover the majority of the playing areas.


If the ball is (with the opponents) in front of the player on the right, he positions himself so as to cover the parallel. His teammate comes to close the center. And conversely if the ball is in front of the left player (on the opposing right player).

The moment when players must change position (from covering the center to the position for parallel) is a dangerous situation.

Indeed, radically changing the meaning of the game is tactically not recommended. We often see on the field during competitions or leisure games a player berating his misplaced teammate. Yet very often the error comes from himself who changed the game and therefore put his partner in danger.

Fernando Belasteguin returns to the left Tapia to the right

At the bottom of the field

You will give a lot of angle (thus an advantageous position to your opponent) by playing a low ball on the sides of the field (towards the gates). And on the contrary, you will give little angle by playing in the middle of the field. 

Conversely, for players positioned at the back, you will have more angle on a ball in the center than when you are cornered in your corner against the glass.

A few tips

When you have a fairly easy ball on defense, the lob is the go-to shot. It will allow you to retake the net, and find a favorable position to score the point. On the contrary, if the ball is very complicated, try playing it in the middle in the feet of your opponents or on their high backhand volley. Alternate the speed of your strikes to try to surprise them.

Generally speaking, other than when you have a really easy ball, avoid completely changing the playing area. Indeed, it is advisable to go through the center first before playing on the other side.

In case of service said to the Australian, when you serve from behind your partner, rather play T. Indeed, if you play the window (and especially if you cannot touch it), your opponent will have an opportunity. to do a parallel passing and catch the net instantly.


source: Zone of Padel