Paddles are a new type of tennis that has become popular all over the world. This is a relatively new game that has rapidly gained popularity. It is considered more recreational than traditional tennis and is played on a court with a lower net height than most courts.
Paddle tennis is played with two people on each side of the net, and can be played individually or in doubles. The game is similar to classic tennis, with the ball leaving the ground due to low jump levels.
What are the rules for pedaling? Paddle rules are generally the same between regions but can vary slightly depending on local customs or traditions.
Principles of Paddle Tennis
- To start a padel match, the server must bounce the ball on the ground behind the line and then hit it over the net.
- The ball can only be bounced once until it reaches the other side of the court.
- A team is allowed to touch the ball twice as long as they don’t interfere with play or knock it off course. If this happens, opponents get point(s).
- Any part of the body (hand or foot) above waist height can’t touch or pass through the net during play unless it’s not intentional like if a player falls into the net when performing a defensive shot.
- If any team touches the ball three times without good reason, opponents score points/game/set.
- The ball must be hit over the net – it can’t be thrown.
- If the ball goes out of bounds, opponents get point(s).
- A game is won by the first player or team to score 11 points (or more if agreed before start), with a margin of two clear points. In the event of a 10-10 tie, play continues until one side has scored a single point more than the other. If this doesn’t happen after five minutes have elapsed, the match is declared a draw.
errors and service
The rules of error in paddle tennis are generally the same as in classic tennis. Players have a total of three chances before hitting the ball before bouncing it twice, but if they miss the ball, the opponent gets one point. No points will be awarded if players make consecutive shots outside of the match.
Common mistakes that can punish you when playing paddle tennis include;
Missing a service or trying to get the ball out of turn
dropping the ball from the match
Touching the nest with anything other than body parts (hands or feet) above knee height, except for defensive purposes.
Service errors are typically only noticed during play when players make two consecutive errors or lose service a total of three times.
Paddle tennis can be played indoors or outdoors. When playing indoors, make sure the surface is clean and dry to prevent slipping. When playing outside, be mindful of how the wind can affect your shots.
Now that you know the basics of paddle tennis, it’s time to try! Grab a partner, grab the right paddle tennis equipment and find an open court near you.