Padel is quickly becoming an extremely popular sport around the globe, courts are popping up absolutely everywhere to try to satisfy the huge demand from players that have been bitten by the Padel Bug. From being a sport with a broad popularity only in Spanish-speaking countries, it is now becoming a full-blown success all over Europe.
It has actually got quite a few things going for it, for example it is not very demanding physically. Skills are more dependent on technique and tactics, rather than strength, so anyone can learn how to play regardless of age – you can even see grandparents having a great time with their grandchildren on the padel court! It is also a social sport, perfect for hanging out with friends and even to play with your partner since mixed matches are very common.
How to get started with padel
The only thing you need to get started are some good shoes – tennis shoes for clay work perfectly, they have the same kind of soles as padel shoes – and a proper racket that suits your type of game. A padel racket is actually called a shovel, and it hasn’t got strings like a tennis racket. Instead it has holes in the surface, and it can be made from a wide range of materials such as carbon or fibreglass. The Swedish website Elitepadel has listed several different padelrackets, to help you get an idea of which type of racket would suit you the best the next time you go to have some fun on the court.
If you’re still not sure what padel is really about, you can just read our article “What is padel tennis? that will explain everything you need to know. This is what all your colleagues at work will be discussing shortly during the coffee break, if they haven’t already started, so it will come in handy. It definitely is a highly addictive form of exercise, since it doesn’t take long to be able to keep the ball passing from one side to another, and once that first obstacle has been crossed you can quickly improve your shots and technique to go to the next level. While you are playing with your friends you also get to know a lot of new people, players are known to form communities where they can discuss the latest equipment and share experiences. Another good resource is an article with 16 padel tennis tips for beginners.