Padel is the newest addition to the Will to Win Sport programme and is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. We are proud to offer floodlit padel courts at Hyde Park and The Regent’s Park and can offer rackets and balls for hire.
We offer Padel drop-in sessions where you can do just that, drop-in when the time is convenient for you. These sessions are the best way to get to grips with a brand new sport and our qualified padel coaches are there to get you up to speed.
Whatever your experience, age or ability level, all are welcome to join our padel courses and social sessions, take a lesson with a qualified coach or the book the courts for a match with friends! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on all that padel has to offer!
What is Padel?
Padel is a cross between tennis and squash and is a great social and physically rewarding game. The game was invented in Mexico in 1974 and has since become very popular in Spain and Latin America. Due to its fun, social and accessible aspects, padel has spread rapidly in the past 10 years and is now a part of Will to Win at Hyde Park and The Regent’s Park!
How to Play Padel
Padel is typically played in doubles on an enclosed court with glass and metal walls, similar in layout to a tennis court but only about half the size. Scoring is the same as in tennis, but balls can be played off the walls in a similar way as in squash. Padel balls are similar to standard tennis balls but with a little less pressure, whilst padel rackets are solid (with no strings), perforated, and are smaller and more compact than a tennis racket overall.
Basic Rules of Padel
– The ball must bounce on the ground before touching any structure and must then be returned before the second bounce.
– Players can use their own windows to return the ball.
– Volleys are permitted.
– The point starts with a serve which, like in tennis, must be hit to the opposite square.
– The serve is underhanded, with 2 attempts allowed.
– If the ball hits the net and bounces in the box, it is a let.
– Scoring is exactly the same as tennis.
– Six games are needed to win a set, and the team which wins two sets wins the match.
– Players will play a 7 point tie-breaker if the score reaches 6 games all.
What’s My Playing Standard?
Some padel courses and sessions are based on a player’s level of ability. Use the guide below to help decide which of our sessions are right for you!
Beginner (1.0) – This player can return balls to a coach if the coach is feeding to their contact point. This player has little or no directional control and needs to work on basic shot production, footwork and balance. Player is being introduced to the glass walls. Not yet suitable for match-play.
Improver (2.0) – This player is starting to have a basic rally with the coach and has limited volley technique. Player is learning to make use of the glass walls to slow the game down and being introduced to turning in the corners. Not yet suitable for match-play.
Intermediate (3.0) – This player has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots. Understands how the glass walls slow the game down but makes little use of them and is not able to turn in the corners easily. Has basic tactical ability and understanding of the game.
Player (4.0) – This player has dependable strokes on both forehand and backhand sides. Uses the glass walls to slow the game down, is able to turn in corners and has the ability to use lobs effectively in play. The player demonstrates tactical ability and understanding of the game. Points may be lost due to impatience.