A few days ago we gave you the advantages of a smash on the grid. As promised we come back to this subject by speaking technical. So for or against this type of smash, here are the keys to a perfect smash.
First and foremost, if you haven't read the article we dedicated to the Grid Smash, please take a look below, it's worth a look.
Now let's go into detail. Why make a smash on the grid? Well, because we can't always put speed into the ball when we have to play it overhead. Our opponents are trying to lob us, we want to stay at the net but we cannot do a Bandeja because the ball is too high. So the solution is to “work” the point with this option which is the slow smash towards the grid.
What are the advantages of a smash on the grid?
- It allows you to have enough time to catch the net
- The rebound on the grid is random and disrupts the opponents' delivery
How to realize it?
First of all you have to understand that this type of smash cannot be achieved with too great a speed because the rebound of the ball on the metal risks being too high and becoming an attacking ball for the opponents. Keep in mind that the closer the ball bounces to the fence, the more chance it will have of not going back up, so you have to focus on precision on a smash on the grid.
Then, the trajectory of the lob sent by the opponents must be bell-shaped, so that we can position ourselves correctly. A tight ball or one with less curve will be perfect for a Bandeja.
Finally, what will allow us to play the grid is going to be the angle. The taller you are and the higher you can play the ball, the more angle you will find.
You will first need to position yourself with the ball on the side of your non-dominant shoulder (left shoulder for right-handed people). This way you will be able to arch your back and find this short cross zone more easily.
So preparation of classic smash type or tennis service with both arms rising to the sky, the non-dominant hand will point the ball, and the pala will seek the ball as high as possible by printing an “inside-outside” effect in the direction of the ball. desired grid.
It is a rather short gesture, which is worked with the wrist. If you enter with the arm you will be putting too much power, which is not what we are looking for in this shot. So wrist first followed by support with the arm. The ball should come out of your pala upwards.
And the legs?
They are very important in achieving the smash. First of all for the placement. Being well placed allows better exit of the ball. Then, once properly placed, you will need to create an imbalance by bringing your feet together. It does not matter if it is the right foot which joins the left foot or the reverse, the important thing being to join the feet to cause this imbalance which will make you push on the legs and get the ball higher.
Unless you have a good tennis background, a smash at the gate is not acquired quickly. It is a move that requires practice, mastery and consistency. To help you in your progress, remember above all to keep your eyes on the ball. Large number of players take their eyes off the ball on impact and lose control, causing the foul in the net or directly in the grid.
So take it slow, try above all to be precise with your smash, and little by little, look for the angle to get closer to this grid.
To better understand, here is Tapia in training
Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and players of padel. Columnist and advisor, he helps you to play better through his many tutorials padel.