Padel is a racket sport that is designed to be played in doubles (4 players in total) on a court that is roughly 25-30% smaller than a tennis court. It is commonly referred to as a blend between squash and tennis.
Scoring in padel is the same as in a game of normal tennis. The balls used are also very similar but with less pressure inside. The similarity to squash comes because the ball can be played off the walls in certain circumstances.
Padel was first recognised as a sport following its invention in Mexico by Enrique Corcuera in 1969 but the origins of the sport go back a long way in history. For example, passengers on British cruise ships played a very similar game during the 19th century. When Enrique Corcuera set up the first recognised court he called the sport Paddle Corcuera. Currently, it is the fastest growing racket sport in the world and it is most popular in Spain (but fast gaining popularity elsewhere).
The rules in padel state that the court should be a 20metre (65ft 7in) by 10metre (32ft 10in) rectangle with enclosed walls. There is a net in the middle of the court dividing it in two.
The back walls and side panels are a combination of separate glass and metal mesh panels.
Most of the main padel rules are very similar to tennis, and are as follows:
Sounds simple, but by going for extra power at the expense of accuracy could lose you points. Each time you return a ball you could force your opponent into a mistake.
Padel is mostly a doubles game. Working in tandem with your partner is essential to get positive results. You will discover who you enjoy playing with most and who you have a natural synergy with, but that doesn’t stop you enjoying and learning how to play with a variety of different players.
Learning the rebound and angles as the ball comes off the walls is a key skill in padel.
Newcomers often avoid the walls but we recommend practising how to understand them and using this to your advantage. The walls play a big part in a lot of padel points.
This includes padel shoes and the right padel racket to suit you. There’s a lot of shots to be
played and a lot of twisting and turning. Being comfortable in the right clothing and having there right equipment will enhance your playing experience.