What is the technique for playing a beautiful Bandeja? During his last tutorial, Julien Bondia explained everything to us. You weren't there? Here is the summary.

Bandeja is the ultimate padel hit. A unique shot, which is not found in other sports, but which is very frequently used in our sport. You might as well know how to do it!

La Bandeja is basically a move that we make to avoid losing the net when our opponents make a lob. When the lob is a little short, we can accelerate, or even attack the ball with a bandja.

Before getting to the heart of the matter, it is important to know “your” place of impact. Once you know exactly where to hit the ball, you will be comfortable and you can have an effective bandja. This place of impact is when your arm is fully extended, at eye level. To find out, you can launch an object, a pebble, as if you wanted to make ricochets. The place of impact is when you drop the stone.

In order to be as clear as possible, we will detail the position of each part of the body during a bandja.

  • The feet

During a Bandeja on the ground, the tip of the front foot must be directed towards the opposing track. The rear foot, perpendicular to the front foot.

When a bandja is in suspension, the rear foot will gain momentum, the front foot will be used for landing. It should be oriented towards the net to allow your run forward.

  • Legs

Always flexed to better adjust the hitting height when you are on the ground, and to provide better impetus when jumping.

  • Trunk

Right so that you take a “proud” position on the track. This part of the body will allow you to control your ball and speed it up by rotation. If your body falls or is bent over, the effectiveness of your Bandeja will be affected.

  • The non-dominant hand

This hand must, during the preparation, go towards the side grid, at shoulder height, and arms outstretched. If you are doing a suspended Bandeja, this non-dominant hand will help you jump.

  • The dominant hand

In order for your Bandeja to be as effective as possible, it is best to prepare very early. As soon as you have the information, prepare your shot either by projecting your pala directly into the position, or by passing it in front of your knees. This second method allows you to place the shoulder correctly.

Then, 2 possibilities: either you keep your arm straight for a cut, or you “break” your arm to give a “brushed” effect. At an advanced level, and to hide the effect from your opponents, we will prepare with the “broken” arm, and at the last moment we will print the desired effect.

  • La tête

Even if it sounds silly, the position of the head influences the direction of the ball. If your head points down when you hit, your ball will quickly dive towards the net. On the contrary, if your head stays high, your ball will go towards the back window. It's up to you to adapt.

  • The end of gesture

When attacking, when you are firmly anchored to the ground, it is interesting to complete the gesture with the arm of the dominant hand in a sling around the neck.

During suspended gangs, it is better to complete the gesture in the direction of the desired area, a shorter end of gesture which will allow you to quickly recover your waiting position, pala in front.

For more technical or tactical information on the Bandeja, don't hesitate to take a look at the tutorial on Saturday 25 April.

Live padel tutorial by Julien Bondia: la bandeja et la vibora

Live padel tutorial by Julien Bondia: la Bandeja and viborahttps: //padelmagazine.fr/categorie/tech-tac/

Published by Padel Magazine on Saturday April 25, 2020

Julien Bondia

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.