here is situation. I am posted at the net while my partner is at service. How should I pleasure and how act related to return ?

Tactical editorial to be well placed at the start of a point padel. We often focus on the play of the active person, the one who touches the ball, but what about the passive play of the player at the net during our team's service game?

So that the example is clear to everyone, we will be the right player stationed at the net during a service game from our partner.

First point

The server starts on the right side and must join the net on the left. My starting position will be slightly in the center to cover as much of the track as possible. Following the serve, since the game will start on my diagonal, I will have to stay at a reasonable distance from the net to negotiate the balls in the center, the basic balls of the diagonal and access the high balls. This is valid for all services that would go to the side window. If your partner tells you that he will serve in the center, then do not hesitate to cover your right side a little more, while remaining in your basic position at the net.

Second point

We now play in a “basic” position and not Australian style. From my basic position at the net, if my partner tells me to serve towards the side window, I will have to, before returning, think about covering my diagonal by getting closer to the net. If he tells me to look for the center, then I will keep my base position.

Accompany my partner forward

We are seeing this tactic used more frequently in recent years. The goal is to start far enough from the net to climb at the same time as my partner. We know where the ball is going to go and we will take our most suitable and logical position before the return.

What about lobs?

Some returners only judge by lob returns. Others use them only during second serves. Now that you understand positioning, don't be fooled. If you are in the diagonal of the turner, anticipate his play by placing yourself a little behind; but be careful not to show it too early, trigger just before the opponent hits the ball otherwise you risk being passed.

Supporting forward, discussing with your partner to set up a good climb to the net are important steps for a good launch of the game and a good net grip. These actions are not very complicated to put into practice but greatly improve the attack. Go!

Julien Bondia

Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife (Spain). Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his tutorials and tactical/technical articles padel.