Many of my tennis friends are also playing padel. Meanwhile, I have never tried it. Can you learn anything from playing padel?
I mean, can you learn anything related to tennis from playing padel? What are your thoughts? Have you tried padel? What do you think about it and how does it compare to tennis?
Padel has been around in countries like Argentina and Spain for a long time. But a few years ago the bug hit Sweden and now it’s spreading faster than a certain virus. I focus my sporting attention on tennis and find the obsession with padel to be quite annoying, but I guess I should be happy that people exercise and enjoy racquet sports, even if it isn’t tennis. Maybe it could even be beneficial for your doubles communication, your volleys, your footwork, or hand/eye coordination to play padel. If you have the time and place for it.
Why is padel growing so fast?
There are a few benefits to padel compared to tennis (although tennis has more history, requires more effort, is more skillful, and is a “real” sport :)).
It’s social because you always play doubles.
It’s easy to get going, it doesn’t require the technical ability of tennis, which can be frustrating to learn.
It doesn’t require the same physical effort, it’s a smaller court, you are two players and the ball doesn’t travel as fast (and is softer).
Influencers took to padel like flies to dog shit and post pics/videos of themselves holding a padel racquet, before/after padel sessions, and so on.
Celebrities and investors realized there was money to be made from the padel bug so invested in padel by building padel courts everywhere you look. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of them with his Padelzenter, but there are many examples of ex-athletes and other celebrities putting their money into this growing “sport”.
I’m sure you can learn plenty of stuff from playing padel and it’s far better than watching Netflix and eating pizza.