Padel is unique in that it allows players to use the walls or glass to return the ball, which adds a layer of strategy and skill to the game. This can make padel more interesting and dynamic, as players must also consider the trajectory and angle of the ball when it bounces off the walls. This makes the game more strategic and often results in longer rallies than tennis or squash.
starting the game
The game starts with a serve, and the ball must be bounced and hit with an underhand serve at waist height. The serve must be hit in a diagonal direction, with the first shot going over the net and landing in the receiver’s box. Points are awarded to the team that cannot return the ball or hits it out of bounds. A valid serve occurs when the ball bounces in the service box and then hits either the side or back wall. It is, however, a fault if the ball lands in the box and then hits the fencing.
If the first service results in a fault, as in tennis a second serve is awarded to the server.
The scoring system of padel is similar to tennis: 0, 15, 30, 40, game.
Each match is made up of several sets, and the goal is to win most of the sets to win the match. In each set, the first team to reach a predetermined number of games won wins the set; usually, this is after 6 games. Matches can be either 3 or 5 sets long.
Points are won when the opposing team fails to return a ball played, either by striking the net or the ball bouncing twice. In gameplay, the ball can be struck after bouncing of any wall surface so long as it has only bounced once off the floor.
A few other simple rules and guidelines to keep the game fair and fun for everyone on the field.