What is padel?
Padel is a simple and social racket sport that is a mixture of tennis and squash. You always play doubles (2 Vs 2) and therefore it is a team sport. The paddle court is 10m x 20m and like tennis it is played on a court with two court halves. However, the plan is surrounded by walls like squash (glass and grilles). The sport must not be confused with paddle tennis played in the United States and Canada.
The nice thing about paddle is that all people, regardless of age and gender, can play, even if people are less skilled than their opponents, it is possible to win and have fun. The paddle originates in Latin America and is very large in Southern Europe, however, it grows explosively in northern Europe and in Sweden.
Simple game rules to get started quickly | Padel Rules
Padel has the same calculation as tennis and similar rules. You play 3 sets, 1 set corresponds to 6 games. 1 game is 15, 30, 40 and game. Remember that you must win a game with at least two points. At position 40-40, one of the pairs must win two balls in a row. The first ball is called advantage and the second game. Should the pair win the advantage and lose the second ball, game, you continue to play until any pair has won two balls. To win a set, the pair must win by two games (6-4 or 7-5). At position 6-6 in the game, the game changes to tiebreak (first to 7 points where you must win at least 2 points).
When serving: The choice of the pair to start serving is made in some form of draw or an agreement with the players. In a serve, there are two types that apply, ie. if the person misses the first serve, he may hit another serve. The serve always takes place behind the baseline (serve line) and is struck diagonally. You always start the serve on the right side. The stroke must always be at or above the hip. Small movements at the serve are OK, but a player must not make larger movements that affect the serve. When the serve is beaten, it is OK to start running / moving. The ball must go over the net and bounce in the opponent’s box (nowhere else on the court) and the ball must not hit the grid at other bounces but only the glass. If the ball bounces twice on the opponents’ side, the server has taken points. At the serve, the server’s partner is allowed to move freely on the court while the opponents must stand behind their baseline. Remember to be a good player and not disturb the opponent who serves.
When the serve is beaten, it is free to move on the court in any way. If necessary, it is possible to use the glass walls on your half of the field to get the ball over to the opponents ’side, however, you must not hit the ball directly into the opponents’ glass wall or grid. The ball must bounce twice on the side of the opponent to give a point. You can hit the ball before bouncing or after a bounce.
When the ball bounces twice on your side, if you serve wrong twice, if you hit the ball on the net and the ball bounces on your side or if you hit the ball directly on the opponent’s wall / grid. If you hit the ball, you have lost the point (note, however, that paddle is a gentleman’s sport and you do not deliberately aim at the opponent). You also lose the point if you happen to hit the ball twice (double error). Lost points immediately if you take off the seat belt around your wrist during the game (note that accidents have occurred and it is dangerous).
You may not play with tennis balls but they must be paddle balls. Padel balls have a slightly lower pressure, therefore bounce less and not as fast when hitting as with tennis balls.
If we are to generalize, for example, people with less racket skills can play with easier-to-handle rackets (round or drop-shaped) and people with more experience can play with advanced rackets (diamond-shaped). Note, however, that a paddle racket is a matter of taste and therefore it is best to make an individual assessment when choosing a racket. If you are thinking about paddle rackets, just contact us and we will be happy to help.