It is often a goal for amateurs, to play with the same class as Agustin Tapia for example, but can't we be a good padel without having perfect technique?
Often, when a student has a little difficulty in assimilating a technique, his trainer offers to film him performing his volleys, bandejas and other “bajadas de pared”! The player gives everything, breaks down his actions, sometimes even taking himself for a professional, in order to be as flawless as possible on video.
Then comes the time to watch the video, and there it is! We realize that reality is very different from what we imagined. Rough footwork, late strikes, sloppy endings, too big preparations etc. We don't really look like Ale Galan ...
Rest assured, almost all the players of padel amateur who took lessons went through this moment of disillusionment. Is that bad ? Certainly not. Whatever the sport, to acquire an impeccable technique, it is almost essential to have started as a child, and if the tennis players are generally quite elegant on a padel, this is rarely the case with those who start the padel adults without a background in racquet sports.
Above all, impeccable technique does not necessarily mean performance. Juan Martin Diaz told us in his interview that he had a very good technique in tennis being young but that he did not win a match! How many times have you told yourself in front of professional tennis matches that the forehand or the backhand of such and such is awful?
In the atypical genre, Fabrice Santoro was 17th in the world tennis player with a two-handed forehand, yet not really recommended! So obviously everyone would like to have the class of an Agustin Tapia or an Ale Galan on the track, but does that have to be a primary objective?
In any case, that should not be a reason to take the lead. Try to improve your technique as much as possible, but under no circumstances should you devalue because your game is not as good looking as you would like. Technique is only one aspect of performance, and rather than sacrificing time to try to make it perfect, it sometimes makes more sense to work on your physique or mind and leave in place a technique that may not be optimal, but that works well.
Among the pros, we notice that if certain bases are obviously respected, all players ultimately have a technique of their own. For example, on high balls, a Paquito Navarro will systematically flex his elbow and use his typical wrist vibora, when a Fernando Belasteguin hits outstretched arm type bandeja.
Different techniques for different qualities, in the end both work, and these two players are references of their sport. So stay confident in your game and don't sacrifice shots that earn you points in a match for an aesthetic ideal that is too difficult to achieve!
Xan is a fan of padel. But also rugby! And his posts are just as punchy. Physical trainer of several padel, he unearths atypical posts or deals with topical subjects. It also gives you some tips to develop your physique for the padel. Clearly, he imposes his offensive style as on the field of padel !