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The Top 5 Padel Rules Every Beginner Should Know

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The Top 5 Padel Rules Every Beginner Should Know

Are you one of the many individuals who has recently been introduced to the exciting world of padel? If your answer is yes, then you’re probably looking for the essential rules to remember to get started with this fun and dynamic sport. Fear not, we’ve got you covered!

Here are the top 5 padel rules that every beginner should know:

1. Basics of the Game

Like tennis, padel is also played with a racquet, but with a smaller and more compact court. Padel is a doubles game, i.e. played with two players on each team. The objective is to hit the ball over the net and into your opponent’s court without them being able to return it, just like in volleyball. The game is played with the walls in play, so even if the ball hits the wall or the fence first, it can still be kept in play.

2. Serving the Ball

Serving is an important aspect of the game that requires some specific rules. The ball has to be served underarm, and the serve has to be done diagonally. The ball must travel cross-court, passing the net without touching it and it has to land in the service box. For the first serve of each game, the server must stand behind the baseline, and for the second serve, the server must stand in front of the service line.

3. Scoring System

In padel, the scoring system is similar to tennis. The game is usually played in sets of two, and the first team to win six games or more with a difference of two games is the winner. If the score is 6-6, then a tiebreaker is played to determine the winner of the set. The first team to win 7 points with a difference of two points wins the tiebreaker.

4. In and Out

In padel, a ball that lands on the line is considered ‘in’, unlike in tennis. Therefore, players should let the ball continue to play even if they think it’s going out of bounds. However, if the ball bounces outside the court before hitting the wall or if it bounces more than once before the opponent hits it, then it’s considered out.

5. Player Positioning

In padel, the players have specific positioning rules to follow. The player who serves must always start in the right-hand service square while their partner stands in the left-hand service square. Once the ball is in play, the players can move anywhere in the court as long as they don’t interfere with their opponents’ shot.

In conclusion, knowing the essential rules of padel is vital for every beginner who wants to enjoy the game and play it competitively. We hope our article helps you understand the fundamentals of padel and motivates you to get out there and start playing. Happy Padel-ing!

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