Hi guys, in this video we’re going to
look at one of the most important aspects of padel and that is footwork.
Now to begin with we’re going to go over the basics for those of you that have
not come from a competitive tennis background, whether it’s a recreational
tennis or you’ve had no racket sports or a different racket sports; like badminton
or squash we’re gonna start from the beginning with the basic building blocks
and then the second half of the video we’re going to talk about those from
competitive tennis – how the footwork changes from padel to tennis and some
important tips that can help you improve on the padel court so to learn the
footwork from the beginning we start with the basic building block which is
the “split step”. Now this is the start of all your movement around the court
whether you’re in the net or at the back and this is a very simple – just bounce on
the toes – and what that does is it fires your calf and it gets your legs ready to
move quickly. So you’re going to do this when your opponent contacts the ball
you’re gonna bounce just on your toes and if you can already tell which
direction the ball is coming you’re gonna end up pivoting with that bounce
so that sometimes it might look like this when you’re in the professional
level or if you’re not sure you might bounce on your toes and then bounce and
move straight away into the direction you can see then the ball is coming. Now
if you’re new to padel this can be quite difficult to anticipate, so I would
just focus on that split step having it at the same time as your opponent contacts
the ball and to start your movement so once you’ve bounced you continue to do
your little steps on the toes of your feet, moving into position, don’t just
bounce and then put your heels down because then it’s going to be very
difficult for you to generate any movement after that.Here you can see I
split when he contacts the ball and I’m also pivoting to move in the direction
of that serve, I then on the way back also bounce as he’s contacting the volley
so that I can be in a good position for that next shot. One of the most important
things to note about the footwork when you’re learning the game is
you really cannot have enough of it! It’s a little bit like in tennis if you watch
Roger Federer and you see how graceful he is with his movement around
the court now, you don’t consider that when he was a kid and he was learning
the game he had loads a little footwork and got himself to a level where he can
judge that ball perfectly. The same with the World Padel Tour when you see them
playing you’re seeing them taking one or two big steps because they’re anticipating
exactly where that ball is going to come off the glass and they know exactly
where it’s going to be. But if you’re learning the game then you need to start
that process at the beginning so that means when the ball bounces off that
back glass you’re doing the steps back, it comes off the glass the steps forward,
to contact here, whereas obviously players at higher level they might be
able to judge exactly where that’s going to be they might take one step back and
then one step forward making it look a lot simpler, but at the beginning it’s really
worth you putting in those extra footwork to get used to where the ball
will be and how you can position yourself to hit it. At a good level it
might just look like a split and then a bounce or a split and then a lunge to
hit the ball but that’s because the players have already practiced knowing
where that ball is going to go, so when you’re learning especially on the more
difficult shots, make sure you have lots of footwork, for example when you’re
trying to get the technique right on the smash you might need a few more steps
than this. Like most ball striking sports it’s
important to have a solid base when you contact, so if you want to get in a good
position to have that good base you need little steps so you’re in a good
position, solid base and contact. If for whatever reason you set your base too
early or you’re not in the right place and you contact here for example, you
end up falling off the ball, you don’t have that balance and it also becomes
very difficult for you to aim the ball where you want to go. Now we’ve covered
the split step, little steps in position and then a stable base. Now this is very
similar to tennis – now the differences for padel are the following: first of
all your opponents are at net and you’re at the back and that gives
you about five or six meters for them to hit that ball and then you need to react
quickly and what that means is that instead of you doing a wider deeper
split step, like you might do in tennis, because in tennis you’ve got
their baseline to your baseline, you need a slightly lighter bounce on the toes
and don’t go so deep so that you can be faster to spring off and faster to step
into different positions that’s the first one. Also in padel you’ve got multi-directional movement patterns
which means that you could end up turning and stepping around and hitting
the ball like this, in tennis you’ve obviously got to hit the ball once it
comes to you, you’re not going to hit it when it’s already gone passed you, so your
main job in tennis is to fast get into position to contact in front, whereas
here you could end up moving around the double-glass or getting into position
like that, so you need to be aware that if you’re lighter on your feet and
your feet are slightly closer together that you’re going to be able to move into
those positions a lot faster. This point illustrates, like many good points, that
you can go from attacking to defending so quickly and here you can see that the
footwork required brings all four players into different
areas of the court, you’re moving in multi-directional, you’re coming forward
and backwards, attacking the shots, defending the shots, pretty much you have
to move in every direction possible in order to be able to be in a good
position for that ball, you will also notice with the split step both players
are split stepping when the opponent contacts the ball because at that point
you’re not sure which person it’s going to go to. This is especially the case of
net and actually a common problem for tennis players coming to padel, often
tennis players they set a nice wide base like this like you might do in tennis,
because in tennis you’re pushing one of two directions, but the difficulty in
padel is that your could be going in any of these directions you could be
moving forward, you could be going back for a lob and they’re fast reactive shots so
you need to have your stance slightly closer together, you
have a little bounce on your toes like a split step like you would normally do,
but they closer together so that it’s easier and faster for your feet to move
into the position to react to that ball. The main thing to notice in this point
is that narrow stance and that narrow stance allows you to have a light split
step and that means that you can move quickly back for that bandeja like
that shot or when you’re at net position you can move fast to the lateral so that
you can have a split and then lunge, like that, and it means that you can move in
multiple directions as fast as possible, this light fast footwork will mean that
your movement is obviously better around the court and therefore you’ll get into
better positions. The last difference between tennis and
padel footwork is the need for explosive power, in
tennis you generate a lot of your power driving up through the legs and in order
to do that you need to get your feet into a good position so that you can
therefore prepare and hit that ball, whereas in padel you don’t need that
power, especially from the back of the court, it’s more about getting yourself
into a good position, you might bend low in padel if the ball goes low off the
glass you need to get low and you bend with your legs, but you don’t need to
drive up fast like you would do in tennis to generate that power. At some
point in the near future we’re going to put together a course for fitness and
training that can help you on the padel court but for the moment, I hope you
enjoyed that video on footwork and if you’ve got any questions please put them
in the comments below!!

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