You are a padel player who is leveling up and who wants to play more accelerated ? You do not know how ? here are some advices.
Knowing how to play padel is above all knowing how to put the ball in the field, make few mistakes and be able to place the ball where you want it, or at least, get closer to the areas you want to play. From this point on you can try to play faster, increasing the speed of the ball.
This is one of the mistakes ex tennis players tend to make; play too fast. These players are used and programmed to seek the winning point. In padel, the construction of the track and especially the rules of the game make winning points much more difficult to achieve. So if you like to play fast with really fast ball speed, here's what to do.
Have a high percentage
This is the basis. You will never be able to become a “good” padel player if you make a mistake after 2 touches of the ball. So before you try to win the point aggressively, consider putting the ball in bounds as many times as possible. If you are doing an analysis of your matches, do the count. How many times you have won the point with a winning stroke, and how many times you have lost it with a direct foul.
This is a second basic point of padel to take into account when learning. If you are precise, you will be able to carry out your attacks as well as possible. Start by simply looking for areas on the track, then move closer to an objective with 1 meter of margin, then 50 cm, to finally look like a sniper.
Finally we get there. It is important to know your “cruising speed” before trying to increase ball speed. What does that mean ? Quite simply that each player has his own rhythm of play, a rhythm which allows him to make very few mistakes, where he is physically at ease and can last several hours without really leaving feathers. Once you know your pace, you can pretend to increase ball speed.
To be able to play faster, you will need to activate your legs first. If you are very mobile and always in the alert position on your tiptoes, you can pick up the pace. At the back of the track, in defense, it will go through a low position, flexed, which will allow you to be better placed, more support with the ground and which will give free rein to your arm for acceleration.
At net, know that it is also your legs that will above all allow you to give speed. If you believe that by not moving and only by accelerating the arm you will speed up your game, you are wrong. The heels never set on the ground, a ball played in front of you and a quick return to correct position at the net between each stroke will be important when it comes to changing gears.
And yes, we will not be able to properly increase our ball speed if we have not worked on it in training. The advice is to increase the yield by 10-20%. Do not try to play balls at 80km / h if your cruising speed is 40km / h, it doesn´t make sense. Train at 45, 50km / h and try to make as few mistakes as possible. Do you see that your percentage of errors is too high? lower the speed to 42km / h and little by little you can increase it. The idea is that you are able to play faster in a short time without making a mistake. You get used to your body and your eye to the new bounces and it may take more or less time.
So be careful. If you train at 50km / h, during a match, lower this speed a little so that you always have a margin. Never be at the limit.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.