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Padel Language 101: Getting Familiar with the Terminology

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Padel Language 101: Getting Familiar with the Terminology

If you’re new to the exciting sport of padel, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the new terminology being thrown around. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this beginner’s guide to padel language!

Serve: The starting shot of each point, where the player hits the ball from behind the baseline into their opponent’s service box.

Volley: Hitting the ball back before it bounces on the ground.

Smash: An overhead shot, usually hit from above the head with a lot of power.

Drop Shot: A soft, lightly hit shot that lands just over the net and cuts down the speed of the ball.

Lob: An offensive shot that sends the ball high into the air to clear the opponent’s head and land in the back of the court.

Bandeja: A shot that hits the ball with a flat paddle face, and is used to hit the ball with power, while keeping it low and close to the net.

Chiquita: A shot used to change the direction of the ball, often used when the opponent is expecting a power shot.

Rebote: A shot used to make the ball bounce off the back wall of the court and come back towards the opponent.

Alley: The space between the singles and doubles sidelines, where the ball can be played during doubles play.

Tie-break: A game played to decide a set when the score is tied at 6-6.

Deuce: A term used when the score is tied at 40-40.

With this quick guide to padel language, you’ll be able to understand the chatter on the court and make more informed decisions during your game. As with any sport, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to try out some of these new techniques and strategies in your next match. Happy playing!

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