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Get in the Game: Basic Padel Rules Everyone Should Know

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Get in the Game: Basic Padel Rules Everyone Should Know

Are you ready to learn about one of the fastest-growing sports in the world? Padel is an exciting paddle-based game that’s similar to tennis and squash. This fun and fast-paced sport originated in Mexico and quickly became popular in Spain, where it’s now played by millions of players. However, it’s now getting the recognition it deserves globally.

If you’re looking to get in on the action and begin playing padel, the first thing you need to do is understand the basic padel rules. In this article, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about how to play padel.

The Court and Equipment

The padel court is rectangular, It is generally played on an enclosed court that measures 20m by 10m, with a net running down the middle that is 0.8m high at the ends and 0.88m high in the center. In the middle of both back walls, there is a line about a meter up from the ground called the service line. Players use a paddle to hit the ball, which is similar to a tennis racquet, but smaller and not strung.

The Serve

The serving player must stand behind the serving line, with at least one foot touching the ground, and hit the ball underarm into the opposite box diagonally. Before serving, players must always announce the score. Players have two attempts to serve the ball into the service box on the opposite side of the net. After this, the service pro will take over.

The Scoring System

Padel is played using the same scoring system as tennis. The first player/team to score six games wins the set. In case of 5-5, the team that wins the next game wins the set by two clear games. A match is usually played as the best of three sets.

Court Etiquette

A game of padel is played with four players, two players on each team. Players must respect their opponents at all times and follow the good sportsmanship and dress etiquette. When players hit the ball, they must do it without interfering with their opponent’s line of vision or movement. Players should also avoid hitting the ball towards or above the opponent’s head.

The Let Rule

If the ball hits the net during a serve and lands in the service box, the serve is usually allowed to be taken again (let rule).


Faults are common in padel games. Here are the most common ones explained:

• Foot faults – stepping onto the court during a serve before releasing the ball.
• Hitting the ball out of bounds or beyond the walls.
• Touching the net while playing a shot or interrupting the opponent’s shot.
• Causing obstruction to the opponent’s movements.


Now that you know the basic padel rules, you’re ready to hit the court like a pro. Padle is an exciting and action-packed sport that is easy to learn but can take years to master. Remember always to maintain good sportsmanship, etiquette, and respect the rules of the game. So, get in the game, have fun and elevate your skills to the next level, one set at a time.

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