Having a padel coach and a fixed playing partner influences the way you approach the competitions ahead of you.
Four years ago I started playing padel. I remember it was because of a bet; whoever loses at padel, pays. I had never played padel, I didn’t know the rules, I didn’t even know how to hold a padel racket. But I played, and I lost, and I paid.
The next day I got up and the first thing I did, with aches and pains I had never felt in my life, was to approach several clubs to ask if I could start teaching from the most basic level they had. They gave me a level test and included me in an “initiation level” group.
After that, I went through several teammates, until I hit the nail on the head. We started training and playing together and we realised that we were like a puzzle; we fit together perfectly.
As Cata Tenorio, a professional padel player, points out, with your partner you create a bond of trust where they know your fears and your strengths.
And I think that’s the most important thing, to know that you can trust your partner and that he trusts you. Finding that point where you know he’s going to be there if you don’t get to a ball, or that he’s going to support you when you have a bad game is vital.
On the other hand, there is the coach. Just as it happened to me with padel partners, it also happened to me with coaches. I went through some that demanded much more than I could give at the time and others that didn’t even tell me what I was doing wrong.
Until one day a new coach comes along and you connect with him in such a way that from the first training session it feels like he has been by your side for all the years you have been on the track.
Rodrigo Ovide, a professional coach, says that coaches must be able to master an emotional puzzle and provide balance so that the couple improves every day. Not to mention training routines based on the needs of each partner. And he is quite right.
Knowing that you are going to arrive at your training facility and always have the same person who will understand why you fail, or even know what to do with you on the days when you can’t even hit a good volley, is not achieved by changing coaches on a regular basis.
So to answer the question I posed in the headline, yes, it is important to keep your partner and your coach on a regular basis, because it is crucial to go into a court knowing that you can trust the person you have both next to you, playing with you, and the person you have on the outside trying to fix your faults.