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How to switch from tennis to padel?

It’s no secret that former good tennis players are often good padel players. In effect, padel and tennis are two sports that share many points in common. It is therefore not surprising that people who are very good in one discipline do well in the other. Nevertheless, it is not automatic, so in this article we tell you how to switch from tennis to padel.

Switch from tennis to padel with Anybuddy

Like many players, the Anybuddy sports field rental service has also moved from tennis to padel.

Originally dedicated to tennis, the service has extended to all racket sports and particularly padel, which has become the second most popular sport on the application.

Today, one out of three padel courts in France can be booked on their free mobile application, available on iOS and Android, or on their website. All you have to do is register on the platform to book land near you.

Now let’s come to the theme, namely to become a good padel player when you come from tennis.

Use the walls well in padel

The first striking difference between the two sports is obviously the presence of walls in padel. And these are not for decoration! You must be able to take advantage of this feature. Arrived at a certain level, it is just impossible to play well without knowing how to use them.

In fact, one of the main mistakes that tennis players make when they start padel is trying to hit the ball at all costs before it hits the glass. Often this is related to the fear of missing the ball, as in tennis. Gold, waiting for the ball to hit the glass to hit it often improves quality.

Similarly, on a tennis court, winning shots are often directly related to the power put into the shot. In padel, because of the walls, a powerful strike can quickly turn into an easy ball for the opponent to play. You must therefore learn to read the game well, in order to know how much force to put in when.

Work on the different types of smashes

The smash is undoubtedly one of the most complex strokes in padel. There are also several types, which differ according to the position of the players on the field and the ease with which they can make the shot.

Padel is also more “airy” than tennis. Many more points are played above the shoulder, and lobs are also common. There are therefore many opportunities to use smashes in padel, and not all smashes are played with the aim of scoring points.

Unlike tennis, where a smash ideally concludes a point, some smashes are played on padel in order to prepare the point. This is also the case of the most emblematic blow of padel: the bandeja. And if you observe good padel players hit a bandeja, you’ll see thatthey don’t put all their strength into it! The goal is to play a good area to keep position at the net, and to avoid the foul at all costs.

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Don’t overlook the lobs

Here is a blow that we find in padel and tennis, but which is used differently between the two sports. Indeed, perhaps because of its image as a “last chance” shot in tennis, the lob is totally underrated among most padel novices.

However, the lob is as important as the smash in padel, but it has the defect of not being as “sexy”. Besides, the best players don’t rely solely on their devastating smashesbut counterattack well and rely on forced errors and points earned from excellent lobs.

So, once you know how to defend and use the lob correctly, padel seems much easier to you.

Adapt your movements between the two disciplines

As a rule, a tennis player moves on the court with lateral movements. In padel it’s the opposite! As padel is always played in doubles, it is especially necessary to move from front to back.

Thus, a major mistake that tennis players make on a padel court is to not adapting sufficiently to the size of the terrain. But to win at padel, you have to dominate the field by playing from the back to the front. You don’t just have to stay at the net and try to defend all the balls on the fly.

You now have all the keys in hand to use your knowledge of tennis on the padel courts.

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