Backhand hit in Padel

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Clara Arias Delgado |

Saying basic does not mean easy. However, the backhand in Padel is one of the most basic movements, but not so easy to learn. As soon as you master this blow, you will be able to function much better in a defensive position. And when you really control the backhand, you will apply it even in attacking situations.

A common question before learning the stroke is whether it is done with one or two hands. Well, it is common for players with extensive experience in Padel to have the habit of performing the two-handed backhand. On the other hand, in initiation players without previous experience, the blow is taught with one hand. Neither of the two techniques is incorrect, although it will take a little longer to get to some shots with the two-handed backhand.

One-handed backhand

The backhand hitting sequence in Padel is divided into the following phases:

  1. Preparation : the player starts from a static situation at the back of the court. Shoulders parallel to feet. Now yes, the racket held with both hands at chest height. With semi-flexed knees capable of going out at any time to hit the ball.
  2. Set : the ball approaches the player. It's time to turn your shoulders. In the case of a left-handed player, he will turn them to the right and if he is right-handed, to the left. With the feet already placed to the side, the racket will also be placed facing the side wall and at hip height. One of the hands will remain in the fist and the other in the heart.
  3. Hit : the racket starts its trajectory from behind, hits the ball in front of the body. At the exact moment of impact the hand that supported the heart of the blade is released from the blade. When the ball is thrown, remember to finish the blow by bringing the blade forward. Meanwhile, the non-dominant hand will extend to form a line with the opposite hand.

Two-handed backhand

The two-handed backhand is more typical of players who come from Padel. The waiting position is exactly the same as if the backhand was done with one hand. The first distinctive gesture appears in the blow since here both hands hold the handle of the racket until the end. Some Padel rackets even have longer fists that facilitate the two-handed backhand. The example of carbon fiber Padel rackets with a longer grip is common in the Varlion brand.

Thanks to the support of both hands, the force is transferred more evenly to the racket. When going for the two-handed backhand, the point of impact is slightly further back than in the one-handed backhand.

In addition, in the two-handed shot, the balls that come lower will force us to rectify the position. In truck, the balls with height are easier to deal with.

Other backhand strokes in Padel

Taking the backhand stroke in Padel a little further means starting to return cut balls. The execution is practically the same as in a topspin ball with the exception that, in this case, the ball will have to be attacked in its lower part.

Also in the Padel volley we will be forced to execute the backhand but this is a shot for players with an intermediate level.

As you can see, the backhand is an essential blow to improve on the court. Without it, many balls in the middle of the track will be orphaned and will be rival points.