How to achieve greater control when playing?
When we talk about padel, the word control undoubtedly comes to mind. For this, it is necessary to look for a racket that helps us or favours the game of control, knowing how to control the ball in terms of direction, power, effect, and, of course, the choice of strokes that we seek to make at each point. All of this is part of control. And, to be a good padel player, it is essential to know how to play in a controlled and orderly manner. But... how do we achieve this longed-for control?
Our first recommendation is to play with a racket that favours this style of play. A round-shaped racket with a wide and centred sweet spot that allows you to correct those shots that you have not positioned well will be good for you.
On the other hand, a good technique in both strokes and movements will be essential to achieve greater control of your game. Short movements, which use the transfer of the weight of the body from back to front, which means that the arm moves very little, will also help you to find more control in each of your shots.
When moving, it is best to move with short, quick steps that allow you to find the correct position for each shot. We usually look to place our body sideways before hitting the ball, so quick, short strides will allow you to find that combination of movements that will get you to each ball early so that you are comfortable hitting.
Don't forget to always return to your position on the court, especially on defensive shots. This will allow you to be well positioned for the next ball coming at you.
Playing at a fast lower body speed and slower upper body speed is the perfect combination for a controlled game. Don't forget to also play at a medium speed, without taking too many risks and of course you should be clear about how you are going to hit the ball (direction, speed and type of shot) before you hit. This will help you to play in an orderly fashion. Finally... for the game to make sense, the first thing is to get the ball into the court, so don't focus too much on making winning shots. A point missed by your opponent is worth the same as a winning shot and often slow, controlled play will help you win more points than winning shots.
We hope these tips will help you become a better padel player.
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