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5 August, 2020

One of the biggest concerns in sport is that of left-handed athletes, and in padel it was bound to be no less so. However, it has been demonstrated that this concern has no reason to exist.

Playing padel is not the same for everyone, because, as in any other sport, there are many factors that affect the way each player practices it.

In fact, one of the questions or even concerns that brings more controversy is to play with the left hand and, although it is obvious that this is a feature that changes the style of play, it is not at all a disadvantage, if not quite the opposite, it brings many advantages.

This is easily verified if you take a look at the World Padel Tour circuits, where some of the best pairs on the tour have a left-handed player among their members.

However, all that glitters is not gold and having a left-handed partner or being a left-handed partner also has some drawbacks, though, as with any player regardless of how he or she grabs the padel.

Source: World Padel Tour

Advantages: the centre of the court is secured

One of the clearest advantages of the left-handed player in padel is that the center of the court will be covered better, since the natural position in which it will be placed is on the right side. This is favorable so that, if the other player is right-handed (as it usually happens), both can hit with the drive if the ball goes to that part, improving also the defensive phase.

Another feature to consider is the complication that the type of hitting generates to the rivals. When it comes to the return from the outside, the fact that the way the left-handed player hits the ball opens up a handicap for the opponent.

In addition, because of its position on the court, the parallel volley will usually go over the back and side wall, as well as the tray will be made across encouraging the ball to fall into the side area.

Source: World Padel Tour

Disadvantages: the backhand and the dominant player

In view of some of the advantages, it is worth noting that there are some crossovers with respect to players who use their left hand, especially if (as we have already indicated is often the case) they share a team with a right-handed teammate. What we have seen that can be a great benefit, it can also mean some problems if the roles are not well defined and the rapport of the couple is not optimal.

When there is a pair in which their dominant hand is the same, the reference player on whom the weight of the game falls is usually the one who plays backwards. However, based on this premise, when there is a left-handed player and a right-handed player on the same team, either of them could be the main player.

This could generate some mismatches when splitting balls, although it is a problem that can be solved with a good understanding and communication between the couple.

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