Le padel lift is an effect which makes it possible to give the ball a more rounded rebound and which accelerates upwards after the impact on the ground but also on the glass.

Problem the lift can be an effect that will backfire if your ball is not pressed enough.

Why use the padel lift?

During padel training, we sometimes hear teachers say that you must ban lift from your list. It is caricatural as an image, but if the teacher tells you, it is because there are several reasons for this. Before tackling the dangers of a stroke, we will however tell you why this stroke is nevertheless used during padel games:

  • You can use the lift during returns, to play especially in the feet of volleyball players.
  • It is sometimes used in service to surprise the turner and break the rhythm a little
  • And of course, the lift is also used in smash to get the ball out. We speak rather of kick with a side effect which allows the ball to have a slightly lateral allowing the realization:
    • From a PAR 3, that is to say that the ball leaves the ground after the bounce on the back wall
    • Smash on his side: The smash hits the back wall of the opponent and then returns to his side. Attention the lift has an interest in being strong otherwise the opponent may back-smash you!

Precisely, we will see the dangers of this famous lift.

What are the dangers ?

If the lift is misused, it can backfire. Be careful to control this effect with the greatest caution.

When you start or come from tennis, “immediately forget your very closed snowshoe grips, Sergi Bruguera”We hear in some academies. Because the penalty will be simple: One against your opponents using the weight and speed of the ball against you.

And especially this type of balls can allow your opponents to catch the net quietly.

In reality, if you have facilities with the lift, keep it preciously in stock. It will serve you in many circumstances and sometimes in the small game, in the half-volley, or even trying to play with the grids.

But keep in mind that in general, the players play rather cut to precisely give an effect to the ball towards the ground and to oblige your adversaries to bend the legs to catch the balls.

The lift can intervene to conclude a point or surprise after an exchange. But its use should not be done consistently.

Lift conditions

The lift can therefore take place during a lifted smash, a forehand or lifted backhand.

On returns, the flick of the wrist can make the difference and surprise your opponents by forcing them to fetch the ball away, that is to say very close to the net.

And obviously when you're at the net, the lifted smash can be the weapon that concludes the point.

But here too, be careful not to play the ball too much behind you and put a minimum speed on your ball, otherwise your opponents will be happy to counter your ball.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Pyramid Club in 2009 in the Paris region. Since then padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France by going to cover the big French paddle events.