If you padel and tennis have several similarities which is difficult to ignore, one of their big differences is (or was…) the number of balls on the field. Usually, on a tennis court, amateur players play with four balls. The main reason is that brands sell tubes of 4… quite simply.

Au padel, it's a little different because a large majority of brands have decided to sell lots of 3 balls. A small difference, certainly, but still notable. If some players, like former tennis players, maintain the habit of playing with four balls (by opening two tubes or recycling a ball from an old pack), most of padelists play with three balls...

Potentially lower cost

Having only 3 balls in a tube will inevitably make reduce the cost of purchase. The balls of padel are generally less expensive than tennis balls but have the same disadvantage, a fairly limited lifespan, although today, new accessories allow you to increase the usage time, such as pressurizers.

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A major problem

Additionally, the 10 by 20 is obviously smaller than a tennis court, which in addition to a much larger playing surface, also has a significant turn of the field. In tennis, it is therefore quite simple to store your balls in a corner of the fence, to avoid stepping on them.

Au padel, he is strongly advised against storing balls at the back of the field. With many double windows to negotiate, it is very likely to step on a ball and get seriously hurt. The solution remains to keep the balls at the net or keep them all in your pockets. Obviously, with only 3 balls, it's more practical.

Soon 4 balls on the track?

However, more and more brands, like Nox, decided to market tubes of 4 balls, as is the case in tennis. Even the pressurizers discussed above can be designed to accommodate 4 balls.

So, in the end, are we going to do like tennis and end up with 4 balls on the court? And you, do you prefer to play with 3 or 4 balls during a match?

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.