Padel is a racket sport that can be seen as a mix between tennis and squash.
Padel is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. It’s easy to learn and fun to play, for example, It’s Spain’s second largest sport after football. The rules were set in the early 1970s and in 1991 the International Padel Federation was formed. Since 1992, World Championship has been organized.
Padel is played on a 10 × 20 meter court with a net in the middle. 2.5 meters high wall are located around the court and also 1 meter grille.
A padel racket does not consist of strings such as tennis and squash. A padel rack is made of composite material where the impact surface is perforated. The fact that it’s not strings makes the ball hit the same power and it also makes a duller hit.
There are specific shoes for padel to buy but it is basically the same as shoes as for tennis. The important characteristics of these shoes are that they have patterns for good grip and that they support the ankle.
The ball in padel is basically the same as a tennis ball, but slightly softer and slightly smaller. There are rules for how hard the pressure should be, but playing at the amateur level, it is equally good to play with an ordinary tennis ball.
– On a regular court (10x20m) you always play double
– The score is the same as in tennis
– The lines on the court are only used for serving
– Serve should be submerged on the ground and then bounce into the opponents server box
– Serve may bounce into the glass wall, but if it bounces in the grid it is wrong
– You have two serves
– If the ball goes straight into the opponent’s wall, it is counted as out. Before the ball takes in the opponent’s wall it must bounce into the ground.
– You can play volley (not on serve), half-volley or let the ball bounce on glass.
– You may also hit the ball on your own glass wall to get it over to the opponent’s side.
– You can not hit the ball in the grid on its own side
The rules of the padel are in many cases similar to the rules of the tennis court, but there are some exceptions, such as rules for the walls.
Score in padel is just like tennis. You play the best of 3 or 5 sets and in each set it is worth winning 6 games. In a game, you count the points as follows: 0, 15, 30, 40, game. If the score is 40-40 then you have to win two points for the game to be decided. In one set, it comes first to come to 6 won games. However, if the score turns 5-5, 7 wins are played. If the score is 6-6 then play a game called tiebreak. Tiebreak is first played for 7 points, where you also have to win at least with two points.
The rules for the serve differ from tennis. The ball should be hit in, or below, waist height. Instead of throwing the ball as you do in tennis, you must bounce the ball in the ground once. The stud should be behind its own serve box and between the center line and the sidewall. The server should go diagonally and bounce into the opponent’s opposite serve box. The serve is also valid if it bounces up in the opponent’s glass wall, but if it bounces up in the opponent’s grid, it is wrong. Just like in tennis, you have a first serve and a second serve, if you miss the first one, you have a second.
The glass walls are always part of the game but there are some rules for how to use them. When you receive a ball you can let it bounce into the glass wall after bouncing on the ground. You can also use your own glass wall to hit the ball, which can be useful if you get into a tight situation. The ball can only bounce on when to receive a ball. The ball is then alive if it first bounces in the ground and then on the grid (this does not apply to serve). If you hit the ball in the grid on your own side, you lose the ball. On its own side, the rule is that you can only use the glass wall. If a ball goes directly into the opponent’s grid/glass, and doesn’t bounce into the ground first, the ball is counted as out.
HOW DO YOU WIN POINTS?
In padel you win points if:
– The ball bounces on the court twice on the opponent’s side
– The opponent strikes the ball in the net
– The opponent throws the ball out, either directly out of the cage or directly on one of your walls
– Note, however, that it is valid to smash the ball into the ground and it bounces out of the cage. If the ball is smashed outside, it is ok for the opponent to run outside the court and take the ball before bouncing.
– The opponent hits the ball in his own grid
– An opponent gets hit by the ball