Which side should I play in Padel

Knowing your side on the padel court is detrimental to determining whether you play aggressively or defensively.

Most players who play padel encounter common problems on which side they should play. Is it the left-hand side and left shoulder? Or the right-arm side and right shoulder?

If I’m left-handed, should I always play on the right side allowing my forehand and bandeja to be towards the middle?

If you want to learn more about which side of the court you “should” play, read on!

X-Grip Padel vs. Hesacore: Which Is Better?

Great grips changes the entire padel game. You may not think much of it, but the wrong grip will throw you off guard, decrease power, and make you prone to error.

Whether you are an amateur or professional, using a grip is an added help for a better game. The most known ones are X-Grip and Hesacore grip. The question is, which one should you use?

How do you change a Padel Grip? (Quick Tutorial)

Funnily enough, many padel players are beasts on the court with excellent skills and backhand serves — but they don’t know how to change padel overgrips.

It’s understandable, really. Because, in many cases, padel players don’t do it themselves. Or worse, they rarely replace them.

Let’s change that today. You’ll start changing padel overgrips by yourself in no time and see the value of what a fresh padel grip can give you on the court!

How to warm up for Padel (Beginner’s Guide)

Before doing any low or high-impact physical activity, it’s vital to do an initial warm-up first. This helps prepare your body, improve blood flow, elevate temperature, and lessen physical risks of injury.

This applies to all physical activities, including padel.

It doesn’t have to be a 30-minute padel-specific warm-up either; a good five minutes will do if you’re doing it correctly, with the proper exercises, technique, time length, and muscle focus.

This is probably the largest hurdle getting over when it comes to a warm up. Try to make it count rather than counting the minutes.

In this article we’ll show you how to warm up “padel-style”, including the why, length, focus, as well as give you the actual exercises you should be doing before your padel game.

Good luck, and let us know how you feel about our suggestions in the comment section!

When to replace your Padel Racket

Padel tennis rackets are one of the essentials for padel players. The best racket for advanced players is usually made of a carbon fiber racket face, carbon frame, and EVA rubber core. 

Carbon fiber bats offer more power, resistance, and durability. It’s designed for the player to have a good grip plus a nice spin on the ball upon contact. 

On the other hand, beginner padel rackets are made of fiberglass face and frame and a foam core material.

Fiberglass rackets are less resistant and durable compared to carbon fiber bats. Hence, it’s only suitable for occasional practice matches. 

But, no matter what materials were used, your padel tennis racket will eventually lose its shape and show signs of wear and tear.

When the racket loses its shape, it consequently loses its ability to give a good spin and will affect how you play the game. 

Once you feel that it no longer has enough elastic properties to give a powerful blow and start noticing a vibration upon contact, it’s HIGH TIME to change your racket. 

If you don’t know what signs to look for to change padel racket, read on! We’ll explain all these to you in detail.

What is a padel overgrip, and when should I change grip?

One thing that newbie padel players neglect but top players highly value is the overgrip. You can have all the skills needed, but an ineffective and old overgrip will throw you off.

The overgrip, which you wrap around the racket handle, ensures you have extra grip, proper handling, and better sweat absorption.

That said, you must change padel overgrip regularly. But how often is “regular”?

Well, it depends on multiple factors. We’ll elaborate more below.

Padel Shot Effects: How to play with spin

Padel is a sport that allows for more creativity because you can utilize the back wall and bouncing to get into position and score points. This works thanks to a Padel slice or spin.

Advanced players who play Padel competitively can use their feet, racket position, and fore or backhand swing to spin the ball over the net and around the court.

Let’s look at the best ways to achieve a spin effect during a Padel game. We’ll look at how to spin a ball coming to you without too much difficulty. We’ll see how the net position and ball speed affect which shot to use.

Gold Point in Padel, the Sudden Death of a Game

The mechanics of a padel match are constantly evolving. World Padel Tour and the International Padel Federation incorporate new regulations to make the game more interesting.

The Gold Point was a new rule change introduced by the World Padel Tour in 2020. It’s recognized as one of the alternative scoring methods in padel.

But why was it called the gold point? Why is it coined as the sudden death of a game?

These could be a few questions you have in mind at the moment. You’ll have the answer to those and a whole lot more about the gold point of padel in this article which is a part of our Padel University series.

Serving Rules Padel

Service in padel is not as noteworthy compared to that of tennis. However, practicing the right way to serve the ball is still CRUCIAL in every padel match.

A good serve would help your team take advantage of the net position or even score a point by producing an ace. It’s also the shot that dictates the ball’s direction, spin, and trajectory.

In turn, you have the upper hand in forcing your opponents to press themselves at the back glass. You also have the power to dictate the shot that they’ll use for easy returns.

How padel players serve the ball is quite different from tennis players.

In tennis, you launch the ball up in the air before you serve. But, in padel, you only need to bounce and strike the ball, and you can only do it via an underarm serve.

Another thing to note with padel service is the lines. It’s important to keep your feet behind the service line and not cross the imaginary central line.

You must also hit the ball diagonally towards your opponent’s service box.

These are the BASIC things you must know about a padel serve. But, there are many things to note for you to improve that serve.

Stick with us as we discuss more about padel service. We’ll help you get on the move in your following games.

What is an Ace in Padel, and how do I achieve it?

Like Tennis, Padel also understands the concept of Aces, which is when a player cannot return to their opponents’ service.

True aces, or aces where the opponent can’t even reach the ball, are possible. The best part is, you can train your services to achieve aces just like the pro players (when facing an amateur).

It just takes PRACTICE and the RIGHT TECHNIQUE.

Let’s look at the best ways to achieve an ace in Padel.

We’ll go over the proper techniques, strategies, and angle you will need to ensure that your Padel service goes where you want it to.