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Get in the Game: A Beginner’s Guide to Padel Lingo and Jargon

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Get in the Game: A Beginner’s Guide to Padel Lingo and Jargon

Are you new to padel and wondering what all the words and phrases mean? Fear not, as we have compiled a beginner’s guide to padel vocabulary to help you talk like a pro on the court.

Padel Vocabulary 101

Serve: The start of each point in padel, where one player hits the ball over the net and into the opponent’s court.

Volley: A shot where the ball is hit in the air before it bounces on the court.

Smash: A powerful overhead shot, usually executed when the ball is high in the air.

Lob: A high shot played to land over the opponent’s head.

Drop shot: A soft shot played with minimal power, often used to surprise the opponent.

Advantage: A term used when one player is leading by one point and needs one more to win the game.

Common phrases

“Cross-court”: Refers to a shot hit diagonally across the court.

“Down the line”: Refers to a shot hit straight down the length of the court.

“Let”: A term used when the ball hits the net on a serve and does not enter the opponent’s court, resulting in a second serve.

“Deuce”: The score when both players have won three points each in a game.

“Advantage in”: A term used when the server has an advantage and needs only one more point to win the game.

Strategy terminology

“Poach”: When a player crosses into their partner’s side of the court to intercept and hit the ball.

“Stab volley”: A quick reaction shot, hit with a short backswing.

“Drive”: A powerful shot played to keep the opponent at the back of the court.

“Placement”: A term used to describe a shot played with precision to a specific area of the court.

“Overhead”: A term used to describe high shots hit overhead, usually executed as a smash.


By learning these basic padel vocabulary terms, you can enjoy the game to the fullest and communicate with your partner effectively. Remember, practice makes perfect, so get out on the court and start using these terms in action. Happy playing!

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