Common errors with the back glass
The three most common errors when playing with the padel back glass are the following:
The preparation is by far the most difficult thing to do for beginners in padel. The racket should always go back when the ball is about to hit the glass. This is important to give yourself more time to play the ball. If you don’t pull your racket back, you’ll be in a big rush when the ball bounces of the glass. This means that you have a really fast swing, usually this results in an uncontrolled ball towards your opponents.
We see a lot of people making contact with the ball behind their bodies. The preparation has a lot to do with this as well. You should get behind the ball after you’ve taken your racket back. This will allow you to hit the ball in front of you body and get a much more stable swing!
The third biggest problem has everything to do with the shot selection. What kind of shot are you going to play? The aim should always be to take your racket back on the same height as the ball. If you get a low ball, you should take your racket back very low. If you get a high ball, you should take your racket back high in order to play a more attacking ball.
These are the three types of zones you need to know when playing padel:
Red zone: Low ball, between ankles and knees: you cannot attack, you should defend and should try to play a sensitive ball
Orange zone: middle high ball, between waist and chest: you need to play controlled but you can play a bit more aggressive.
Green zone: high ball, above shoulders: you can be aggressive with the ball and try to be as attacking as possible.
You should make a decision as early as possible, this allows you to prepare accordingly to the shot your are about to make. If you don’t decide which shot you’re going to make, you’ll have more trouble with playing the ball back to other padel players.