Germán Jerez Lopez, the technical director of Padel stuff, is one of the great figures of padel education in Europe. He returns to the topical themes between tennis and padel, but also gives us some tips to get started in padel.
Tennis and Padel, same fight?
First of all, it should not be forgotten that tennis and padel are completely different sports.
It is true that they are similar when it comes to assimilating certain psychomotor skills with an instrument in hand, such as movement or eye-hand coordination.
But the concepts that we attribute to each sport are technically very different.
When it comes to transmitting, advising, motivating or communicating, it depends on each professional teacher but, in our case, it is the fundamental basis for student learning and enjoyment.
The biggest difference between one sport and another is based on the times of assimilation or mechanization of the technique and the processes of the levels until reaching the real game.
Tennis or padel for young people?
I encourage young people to practice one of the 2 sports because they are fabulous in every way. If they choose padel, the first thing I would pass on to them would be the idea of PATIENCE. In all sports, it is an added value and a virtue for athletes. But it is true that in padel, it acquires great importance, even more for young people.
In tennis, all shots can be winning; in padel, there is only one winning move and it is the most difficult to execute.
Young people (and also the less young) want to win the point as soon as possible and always play very hard and quickly, but in padel it is not the most correct and advantageous thing for our game. Hence the notion of patience…
Training adapted to padel
Unlike other countries, Spain has a great padel culture. It's normal, padel is in its history, in its DNA. But things are moving very quickly!
What usually happens in some countries is that tennis teaching professionals are encouraged to teach padel without even basic sports training. The result is generally "that a tennis lesson is taught on a padel court".
Our advice is always the same: you have to understand that padel is a sport with other technical and tactical approaches and with other concepts…
Padel Stuff performs various training. And our trainees are often amazed by the difference that there can be between tennis and padel.
Padel Stuff and a rewarding diploma
Padel stuff is a company of events, training and padel stays, which has been on the market for 8 years and which provides these services throughout Spain.
We record all the diplomas of students who pass the different stages and exams that take place during our training.
We have qualified instructors throughout the Spanish national territory.
On the other hand, we offer a series of services to reach all audiences and all levels of education. For example, several WPT players follow our training by taking the professional trainer or instructor course.
Padel Stuff: a team / an organization
I will start with the team that runs the company, because they are the ones who put all the enthusiasm, perseverance, professionalism that we apply and transmit in everything that Padel Stuff does:
- Iñaki Loredo, CEO
- Laura Boluda, CMO
We are neither worse nor better but different from other organizations and companies. The players support us enormously.
The value of perseverance, enthusiasm ... are some of the values that we cherish.
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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.