After analyzing the smash and the bajada professional players, Padel Intelligence is now tackling another momentous blow to the padel : the rulo.

What is rulo?

Small definition for those who don't know: the rulo is a shot derived from the smash where a player hits the ball with topspin and aims at the opposite grid. A short smash placed and crossed which forces the diagonal defender to come and block before the grid, at the risk of being caught by the random rebound against the metal. A technique which allows you to keep the net while leaving your opponents at the bottom, without taking too much risk and varying with respect to the bandeja or vibora.

Now, let's discover the names of the experts in the field on the professional circuit thanks to this graph of Padel Intelligence :

Rulos chart Padel market

Stupa and Ruiz, undisputed champions

Unsurprisingly, Franco Stupaczuk is one of the two masters in this field. The Argentinian has made rulo a basis of his game for many years, and it has brought him a lot of success. On the graph, if we notice that he is barely above the 25% average in terms of efficiency, we understand the number of points he can win on this shot given that he uses it height of 16% frequency when receiving a lob.

If we know Stupa perfectly today, we see Javier Ruiz playing less. And yet, the Spaniard uses the rulo just as much, and even has a higher efficiency rate, exceeding 30%. The 30th player in the world is undoubtedly the world number one in the field, far ahead of the competition, with the exception of Stupa.

Bela, 50% efficiency!

On this graph, we see a category of players emerging with a particular use of the rulo. Indeed, Mike Yanguas and Martin Di Nenno in this case use this shot sparingly, but for very good results. The headliner in this area is Fernando Belasteguin who benefits from practically never playing the grid (less than 1%) to have an efficiency rate well above the standards (50%).

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!