Hit the padel ball is a real headache for many padel fans, for that reason, in this article we will offer you some tips on how to hit the padel ball.
One of the keys to hit the padel ball better is to control the speed of the hit. The pounding on the padel is divided into four parts: position of waiting, preparation, impact and termination.
It is very important to control the speed with which each part of our body does each of these functions, because if we exaggerate the speed of any of them we will lose control of the ball and therefore our brain will not measure as well where it is finds the ball relative to our body.
When we do not control the speed of the stroke we fall into typical errors such as wrists or long endings instead of accompanying the ball.
Each part of each hit has its function, and whenever we try to do more than we should we have a better chance of destabilizing preparation, impact or termination.
Parts of the padel hit
To better understand the importance of hit control, we will then define the parts that make up it, its functions and the correct way to execute them.
- Standby position: The function of the standby position is that one is ready as soon as possible to do the preparation in the shortest time. A bad waiting position will cause us to prepare poorly and/or late, and consequently we will hit badly and make a bad blow. The best standby position is the one in which the feet are open to the width of the shoulders, the legs are kept slightly bent, the weight of the body is loaded on the tip of the feet (not on the heels) and the shovel is positioned properly, depending on the position in which we are on the court. If we’re in a defensive position, we’ll put the shovel a little lower, while in attack position, we’ll climb the shovel up to the chest line.
- Preparation: the function of the assembly or preparation is to gain enough energy to make the impact. Each hit has a different weapon, which will also depend on the effect you want to give it. However, the common point of all the blows is that in the armourer we will carry the shovel back. The journey from this point of assembly to the impact will give us the energy of the blow.
- Impact: the impact is based on controlling well the energy that we have generated in the preparation, this control will allow us to determine the direction that the ball will take.
- Termination: it is the last of the phases and is the path that the shovel and arm make after hitting the ball. Its function is to help us control both the depth of the hitting and its height.
Another tip when playing padel is this: hit shorter. We have already talked that the amplitude of the preparation or the weapon of the blow will define the energy that we apply to the blow.
Sometimes, we tend to lengthen the preparation in the hitting, since making a long preparation will help us to get more energy to transfer to the ball, but we must know that it will also take away control in the hitting.
The characteristics of this sport (court size) are what tell us how spacious the strokes should have.
For example, in tennis (a clear reference, since it is the origin of the padel), where the court is longer, all the strokes are longer (preparation and finishing).
However, on the padel, being the smallest court, shorter and grouped should be the hits. For our body it will always be easier to control what is close to it than what is far away.
“On the padel, when we hit with shorter body gestures we gain more control over our body”Daniel Cañas del Mazo
Finally, it is equally important to learn how to control the effect we give the ball. There are 4 types of effects on the padel: cut, lifted, flat and sidecut.
We will go into detail for each effect in future articles, but we already tell you that it is advisable to try to hit the flat ball, as this gives you more control over it.