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The 5 keys to success in your padel role

18 Dec 2023

The 5 keys to success in your padel role

We encounter all sorts of player profiles through our internships Padel Experience by Twenty by Ten. Our seasoned instructors see it all, but we can tell you that they like it! Because they have seen players flog themselves all day, they have created a little roadmap with some very easy rules of behavior to follow in order for the player to avoid the normal traps and make the most of their internship.

Bring the correct attitude to the court

Victory among the great champions is widely known to emerge before the match even begins, and the same is true at our level. You can't control everything in life, but you can strive to come on the court in the appropriate state of mind. Ask yourself, and be honest with yourself, the following questions:

Do I arrive a bit early for my match so that I can warm up properly and arrive on the court relaxed?
How am I feeling before going to the club?
Do I manage to set aside my everyday concerns / work in order to focus solely on my part?
Is my smartphone on quiet mode in my bag, and can I leave it there for the duration of the game?

Simple questions that are frequently ignored. Most players arrive at the last minute, do not warm up before the game, and rush to their smartphones as soon as they hear the bag ring... Consider this: these minor habits can have a significant impact on your game.

Be totally present in the moment when playing padel

"Realize fully that the present moment is all you have and nothing else." These are the insightful words of Ekchart Tolle, the brain behind the Power of Now, which take on their full significance on a short padel.
Outside factors such as parasite sounds, your opponent's attitude, the band of the net, and the condition of the carpet can easily distract you.

Being in the present moment allows us to exert control over what is within our grasp. Accept the never-ending train of thinking by clearing your head of the most negative ones, remembering to breathe deeply and not erupting at every blunder. In other words, can you manage to let go and not always be directed by your ego by relying more on your intuition...

To have more enjoyment, become an observer of your match by asking yourself the following questions:

What are your padel opponents thinking? Do they appear tired? Are they concentrated? In symbiotic relationship?
What does your lover think of you? Are you there to lend your support?
Or, on the contrary, are you entirely focused on yourself, on the shifting wind, or on the bandeja that you just entered right into the glass?

Consideration for oneself and one's partner

Padel is a difficult sport to manage emotionally since you must control not only your own feelings but also those of your partner.

How can you help your padel partner by being efficient yourself and having the correct word at the right time to get him back into the game?
And, conversely, how can you listen to sound advise if you are sloppy yourself?
How can you coach without being on the pitch?
Do you show your support for your spouse by leading by example in the game?

Whatever your level of play, your mental condition must come first. Be gentle with yourself and your lover. We frequently discuss relaxation in gesture; attempt to do the same in your brain. Allow oneself the freedom to fail; even the best fail... Allow the components over which you have no control to "pass you by." Consider the match to be a journey, or perhaps a discovery, rather than an end.
Before you condemn your partner for missing a ball, set an example by being flawless in your own game. The mere act of "holding the boat" will reassure him, and all you need to do is cast a glance at him or her to establish a rapport.

To express your support for your spouse, you may need to "put on" a bit more of yourself. Kindly support him by adjusting to him. Is he in need of constant support, or may a few words suffice? It is up to you to strike the proper balance. On the other hand, don't be the apprentice coach who never stops giving tactical and technical advice between points, which usually doesn't work because the partner can quickly get tangled up in the brushes, or even strain under the extra pressure, and make more mistakes, which will irritate you even more.

To take your relationship to the next level, follow the advice of Jean Michel Pequry (former Top 200 ATP player and one of the best French padel players, mental trainer of the French padel team), who recommends that padel players spend time with their partner off the court: warm up with him before the match, discuss, and share a coffee after the padel match to better understand his personality, game objectives, analyze his strengths and weaknesses, and talk. You'll be astonished at how much you can discover about him or her and how useful it will be once you're on the court.

Work on the "Mental" level

The majority of WPT players practice a unique mental preparation in order to set clear targets, better prepare their matches, and know how to control "hot moments" at crucial stages. As a result, their brain is "pre-wired" to deal with the stress of matches.

Without necessarily performing considerable mental preparation, you may "muscle your brain" at your level by watching periods of perplexity at home and avoiding returning to your mistakes and disappointments at the least error.

Accept responsibility for your actions on the padel court as well. It is far too simple to blame his opponent's luck or the external circumstances (which we cannot control) which are only an outlet...

You won't be able to break your negative habits overnight, but the more you prepare for your matches, visualize your playing patterns, and adopt the proper mentality when you get onto the court, the stronger you will be. One thing is certain: if you don't put in the effort and make no changes, you will not be able to advance.

The post-game debriefing

We typically move on too quickly after a game. We get the smartphone from our luggage and hope to get lost in Instagram or WhatsApp. Or we can have a decent beer and a Marlboro to forget about the day's dismal performance.

Take at least five minutes, preferably with your partner, after each padel game (or, at the at least, in the vehicle on the way home or in the evening before going to bed) to analyze what you did well today and, especially, to congratulate yourself on a job well done! And certainly, you should encourage yourself! Then try to re-visualize your blunders in your thoughts, altering them so that misses become successes.

You will have a higher chance of successfully performing the new padel moves if you repeat these mental patterns in your thoughts. This is when we discuss brain plasticity. If you never make a mental note of your matches, you will not improve as rapidly since you will always make the same mistakes and you will not visualize your shots in order to "muscle" your brain for the following matches without forgetting about new game goals to be established on a regular basis.