Don't be a ball watcher
Do not watch the ball in padel
The most common error across all the shots is almost certainly late preparation or not getting into position quickly enough. At most levels, this is usually down to “Ball-Watching”! When recreational players watch professionals they are amazed by their speed and anticipation to get to the ball so quickly. This is because at the highest level players can read the visual cues so accurately that they know where the shot is most likely to go.
The 3 areas to focus on
- Moving early for your shot, as soon as you opponent hits the ball, you should start preparing and getting in position
- Focus on your opponent’s movement, trying to anticipate what type of shot they will hit, as opposed to focusing on the ball
- Tell your partner where your opponents are. This can only happen if you are watching your opponents (not the ball) while your partner prepares for their shot
This might seem an obvious area to improve, but even the professionals make this mistake sometimes, so it is worth thinking about the next time you are on court.