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The Serve: A Fundamental Padel Shot

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The Serve: A Fundamental Padel Shot

If you’re new to padel or just getting started with your training, you should know that the serve is one of the most important padel basic shots. It’s the beginning of every point, and if you can master it, you’ll have a significant advantage over your opponents.

The serve essentially starts the rally, and it’s an opportunity to take control of the game. It’s critical to get it right because it’s the only shot that you have complete control over, and you can dictate where it goes. Besides, it’s also the only shot that you can do without having to worry about the returning ball.

Here are a few tips to help you perfect your serve:

1. Position yourself properly

The first thing you need to do is position yourself correctly. Stand behind the baseline at an angle, and make sure you’re standing sideways with your left foot forward (if you’re right-handed). Keep your knees slightly bent, your weight on your back foot, and your racquet back.

2. Toss the ball

The next step is to toss the ball. Hold the ball in your non-dominant hand, and raise it above your head. Toss the ball with a gentle upward motion, making sure it goes high enough for you to hit it.

3. Strike the ball

As the ball reaches the peak of its trajectory, step towards the ball with your front (left) foot and strike it with your racquet. Aim for the top of the ball, and use a continental grip (hold your racquet hand in a way that points the bottom edge of the racket downwards and towards the court). The contact with the ball should be smooth and comfortable, making sure you follow through with your stroke all the way down to your opposite hip.

4. Follow through and recover

Finally, you must follow through with your shot and recover quickly. After striking the ball, make sure you follow through with your swing or racquet as it moves towards your opposite hip. You must return to the center of the court quickly, anticipating the returning ball from your opponent.

In conclusion, the serve is an important padel basic shot as it sets the tone for each point. With the tips mentioned above, you’ll be able to perfect your serve, and your opponents will have a hard time returning your shots. Remember to practice your serve regularly, and always focus on the basics to improve your game.

Keep playing, practicing and enjoying padel!

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