La setting game, or service in padel, is one of the important points not to be neglected because it gives you the advantage directly. But do you really know his rule ?

We often have doubts about the rule of service in padel. In this article you will find all the answers to your questions and you can play serenely, like an expert.

In padel, each of the 4 players in turn must perform a service game during which he is entitled to 2 tries for each point.

In the event of an incorrect first serve, we will be entitled to a second chance. If this second opportunity fails, it is not for the opponents.

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We will start each service game right on the track. Our ball will go diagonally, that is to say in the direction of the square on our left. Once this first point is finished, we will change the diagonal to place ourselves on the left, and so on.

The ball shall rebound behind the service line before being struck below belt level by the server. At the time of impact with the ball, the server must have at least 1 of 2 feet in contact with the ground without stepping on the baseline.


The serve should rebound in the service box before being hit by the turner. This turner can place himself in the service box but cannot take the volley ball. The serve may bounce off the windows or walls, but may not bounce off the gates, in which case it will be considered “out”.


A serve that touches the web of the net and rebounds into the proper serve box will be considered a “let”. In this case, the server will try again. If the rebound is out of the service box, directly touches the grid or rebounds and then touches the grid, it will be considered “out”. A serve where the ball hits the net, bounces into the square and then comes out the gate is also considered a “let”.

Julien Bondia

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