Why Playing Padel is Good for your Tennis

West Worthing Club has built two new padel tennis courts as demand for the popular game continues to gather momentum across the UK. However, while enthusiasm for learning and playing padel is high, traditional tennis players might be forgiven for wondering whether the two games can successfully be played in tandem.

Instead of fearing that picking up a padel bat might disrupt and threaten your tennis game, today’s top players have a convincing argument to the contrary. Tennis coaches and pros even think that the two games complement each other. 

This article explores what the similarities are between padel and traditional tennis and why, if you’re worrying about combining the two, you should give padel a go to improve your all-round tennis technique.

Two racquet sports that complement each other 

Padel and traditional tennis work together in a complementary way and have a few points in common. 

They are fairly easy to learn (although tennis is slightly harder to master) and they can both be played in a doubles format. Also, playing tennis is great fun and they are both relatively low impact but provide a healthy cardiovascular workout. For tennis players, picking up a padel racquet should not feel too alien and it’s arguably easy to get reasonably good at padel tennis quite quickly. In addition, with both games being played in either twos or fours, the social side of organising and inviting friends to play is an added benefit.

When it comes to the rules of padel tennis, padel uses a similar scoring system and shares the same basic rules as the traditional game. However, there are some key differences that create a unique playing experience for anyone interested in knowing more about padel. Most notably, padel is played on an enclosed court about half the size of a tennis court, and the walls and fencing around the court are used as part of the gameplay. This adds an exciting new dimension as the ball can bounce off the walls, leading to dynamic volleys and rapid exchanges.

Padel also uses solid ‘paddles’ instead of strung racquets which gives shots a different feel. The smaller court size ultimately means padel tennis players can enjoy a faster-paced, more compact version of the game, appealing to competitive players of all ages as well as sporty people who are looking for another active and sociable game. 

The introduction and launch of padel tennis at West Worthing, therefore, is a chance for tennis (and squash players or anyone keen on racquet sports) to try an alternative sport that can enhance their existing skill set and hand-to-eye coordination. With West Worthing’s free padel taster sessions open to members and non-members during March 2023, the club’s new facilities are a welcome addition to the club and the wider sporting community. 

An innovative game that attracts new members

Introducing padel courts is an innovative way for West Worthing to attract new members to its evolving racquet sport scene. As a friendly not-for-profit club, offering padel as part of a member’s package is great for anyone who wants to play padel and take advantage of all the other sporting facilities West Worthing has on offer. 

Now the club has opened its two padel tennis courts, the club and its members can look forward to welcoming new players as well as new padel leagues, tournaments and expanded social events at West Worthing.

Padel attracts both serious competitive players and newbies looking for an enjoyable sport they may have heard about but not played before. Opening padel at West Worthing not only keeps the club apace of the padel trend, it gives the club the advantage in attracting new members in the local and wider area to sign up and enjoy the complete range of its racquet sports facilities.

Padel tennis gear to get you on court

For newcomers looking to play padel the most important item to invest in is a good padel racquet, so do your research first. Padel racquets have a solid, lightweight graphite face instead of tennis racquet strings. It’s important to find a padel racquet to suit your size, budget, strength and skill level. The club’s Proshop at West Worthing stocks a range padel racquets, and the coaches are on hand to advise you if you’re looking for a new padel tennis racquet (or tennis racquet!) sooner rather than later. Beyond a racquet, you’ll need balls designed for padel courts which have lower pressure than tennis balls. Comfortable tennis shoes with good lateral support are ideal. 

While padel can be played casually, it’s a good idea to register for some trial sessions or arrange some coaching sessions to learn the proper shot techniques and rules if you’re not familiar with them. With the right introductory training and equipment, new players can dive into this social sport that combines skills from tennis, squash and racketball for fast-paced fun.

So, rather than being a threat to your regular game of tennis, club players, prospective members and anyone new to padel can embrace the padel game and feel reassured that they won’t risk damaging their existing tennis skills.