For some time, many players and spectators have criticized the acceleration of the pace at padel, believing that this distorts the very essence of padel. According to some stars, this development threatens the DNA of this sport.

Sanyo, for example, wonders if there is still room for anything other than smashers padel of today. He is not alone in thinking so. Many believe that finesse and strategy are gradually being replaced by a more violent game, with a new generation of overpowered players like Garrido, Cardona, Augsburger, Sager, Arroyo or Leal, who are capable of hitting hard in all circumstances.

Faced with this observation, several ideas are put on the table by players with a more old-fashioned profile.

Play on ball pressure

Since the players are better prepared and the rackets more efficient, it would be relevant to modify the ball pressure. Reduced pressure could bring everyone into agreement. Already, some brands offer balls with different pressures. Sometimes women's and men's tournaments even use different balls, often to speed up the ladies' play rather than slow down the men's. Can we imagine men's tournaments with softer balls?

Offer different types of surfaces

This idea comes up more and more often. Some Miguel Lamperti proposes the introduction of varied surfaces, as in tennis. Part of the season could be played on slow tracks and part on fast tracks. Why not include tournaments on traditional carpets, well covered in sand, and others on new generation carpets, without visible sand? This would offer different sliding sensations and varied playing speeds.

Play with the size of the balls

This idea, although surprising, deserves reflection. Table tennis has already made such a modification by increasing the diameter of the balls (from 38mm to 40mm in 2000). If the padel was becoming too fast, the International Federation of padel (FIP) could also consider increasing the diameter of the balls, which is currently between 6,35cm and 6,77cm. An increase of 10mm for example could make the ball slightly heavier, making it slower.

What do you think of these ideas? We await your opinions.

Franck Binisti

Franck Binisti discovers the padel at the Club des Pyramides in 2009 in the Paris region. Since padel is part of his life. You often see him touring France going to cover the major events of padel French.