Visitors to this site are probably enthusiastic padel players. If you accidentally ended up on this site during a search and are curious about padel, we have a crash course in padel for dummies especially for you.
Although most people think that padel is something new or even a hype, padel has been around since the late 1960s and has since been on the rise throughout the world from South America and Spain.
Padel is not without reason the fastest growing sport in the Netherlands. There are several reasons why padellers are so enthusiastic about their sport.
Padel is a very social sport, so you play padel with 4 players. The relatively small field and the glass wall also allow you to understand each other well. An ideal sport to do with friends or family or to make new friends. Partly because of this, padel is suitable for young and old.
Padel is easily accessible. Unlike tennis, for example, anyone with a little sense of the ball can quickly play a fun game of padel. If padel players are not at exactly the same level, you can still play a very fun game of padel with exciting rallies. But don't think that padel is not a technical sport, padellers perform magic with the ball at a high level, making it a fun sport for spectators to watch.
Padel is addictive. Due to the glass wall and the rules, a padel rally can last a long time. Point made, the ball is always within reach due to the cage construction and you can continue playing immediately. The endorphin level in your body, which peaks during exciting rallies, therefore remains quite high all the time. That nice feeling is literally addictive for many people.
Padel is similar to tennis in terms of rules, but deviates from them on a number of points. For the sake of convenience, we assume that the tennis rules are known.
The scoring is exactly the same as in tennis, although padel events are fairly often played with a 'golden point'. A 'golden point' means that a winning point is played when the score is 40-40 (deuce). In that case, the receiving party may determine who receives the service. With a golden point there is no advantage or disadvantage, which means that games last less long and more games can be played. Whether or not a golden point is played is always clear in advance.
Just like in tennis, you start serving on the right, but unlike in tennis, the serve in padel is always underhand. Before you hit the ball, it must bounce behind the service line and be hit no higher than navel height. The ball must now bounce into the receiver's service box before he or she can return the ball. If the ball hits the glass or fence first, it is a foul serve. Even if the ball hits the fence after the bounce, the service is wrong. Just like in tennis you have 2 attempts. If you hit the net during the serve, but apart from that it is not an 'error service', you can serve again.
During rallies, if the ball hits the glass or fence without touching the ground, the ball is out of bounds. If an opponent immediately plays back a ball that would have gone out (accidentally), the rally continues as normal. When returning the ball, you can always return the ball through your own glass wall (but not through the fence). If the ball ends up out of bounds due to a smash, the opponent may play it back as long as the ball has not yet touched the ground and the rally continues as usual.
We hope to see you soon at EARLY BIRDS Padel!