Unity 19: Balloon

Forehand lob

Definition: the forehand lob in padel is a shot that is used a lot in the defense position from the back of the court and eventually in the attacking zone near the net. the net.

Grip: continental, a small change of forehand grip is recommended for beginner players, in case the student spontaneously grips continental we continue with this form.

Waiting position

  • Facing the net.
  • Body bent.
  • Racquet in the center of the body with the tip high.
  • Elbows close to the body.
  • Abdomen inward.
  • Body weight forward.

Progression of the stroke.

Preparation: the player stands sideways, bringing the paddle back with a short and low preparation, placing the right hand on the right side of the body.

Foot support (right-handed): the player turns his body and stands perpendicular to the net with his feet about shoulder-width apart, placing the left foot in front of the net in a position that does not allow the left foot to be placed in front of the net. left foot in front in a position that does not interfere with the stroke and that matches the line of the feet with the intended target. 

Chaining the player should perform a coordinated and rhythmic gesture with the forehand balloon, preparing with the arm slightly bent and then extending it at the termination with a downward movement towards the target. termination with a movement from bottom to top.

The energy passes as in the other blows of the shoulder, elbow and wrist slowing down the movement looking for flight and precision.

Point of impact: at the center of the body, the entire movement takes place in front of the shoulders, entering below the ball.

Completion: the stroke ends above the height of the player’s head bringing the ball slowly forward and upward trying to hit flat without spin with a slightly higher muscle tone to create a resistance in the movement thus avoiding the acceleration of the movement.

Technique: the forehand lob has a similar technique to the execution of a low forehand stroke.

Twisting the body with the legs bent perpendicular to the net and bringing the paddle back.

Short preparation.

Point the paddle downward.

Impact the ball from bottom to top between the knees and ankles dropping it. Finish high up and forward finishing above head height and with the palm of the hand facing the palm facing the sky or ceiling.

Tactics: the forehand lob can be played in several situations: without wall bounce, after back wall bounce, side wall bounce, double wall bounce and forehand spin. forehand spin.

Unlike tennis, in padel a higher proportion of lobs are played using it as a defensive tool, if the lob has quality and depth it will serve as a counter-attack. counterattack.

In the case of receiving the fast ball we advise to play the crossed lob and if the easier delivery comes, you can direct it in both directions looking for the opponent who has the worst smash or the one who is closer to the net.

Backhand lob

Definition: the backhand lob is a shot that is used a lot in the defense position from the back of the court and eventually in the attacking zone near the net.

Grip: continental, a small change of backhand grip is recommended for beginner players. In the event that the student spontaneously grips spontaneously the continental, the form is continued.

Waiting position

  • Facing the net.
  • Body bent
  • Racquet in the center of the body with the tip high.
  • Elbows close to the body.
  • Abdomen inward.
  • Body weight forward.

Stroke progression

Preparation: the player stands sideways, bringing the paddle back with the help of the left hand, with a short and low preparation.

Support of the feet (right-handed): the player turns the body and stands perpendicular to the net with the feet about shoulder width apart, placing the right foot in front in a position that does not interfere with the stroke and that matches the line of the feet with the intended target.

Chaining: the player should perform a coordinated and rhythmic gesture with the backhand lob, preparing with the arm slightly shrunk and then extending it at the end with a downward movement towards the target. The player must perform a coordinated and rhythmic gesture with the backhand, preparing with the arm slightly shrunken and then extending it at the end with a movement from bottom to top and at the same time opening the left arm backwards in a coordinated way.

The energy passes as in the other strokes from the shoulder, elbow and wrist slowing down the movement looking for flight and precision.

Point of impact: at the center of the body, the whole movement takes place in front of the shoulders, entering under the ball.

Completion: the stroke ends above the height of the player’s head bringing the ball slowly forward and upward trying to hit flat without spin with a higher muscle tone, to create a sense of resistance in the movement, thus avoiding acceleration.

Technique: the backhand lob has a similar technique to the execution of a low backhand stroke.

Twisting the body with the legs bent perpendicular to the net with the paddle at the back.

Short preparation.

Point the paddle downward.

Impact ball from bottom to top between knees and ankles dropping it. Finish high up and forward finishing above head height, opening the left arm back and with the knuckles of the hand upwards in a coordinated manner.

Tactics: the backhand lob can be played in several situations: without wall bounce, after back wall bounce, side wall bounce, double wall bounce and backhand spin.

Unlike tennis, in padel a higher proportion of lobs are played using it as a defensive tool, if the lob has quality and depth it will serve as a counterattack.

In the case of receiving the fast ball we advise to play the crossed lob and if the easier delivery comes, you can direct it in both directions looking for the opponent who has the worst smash or the one who is closer to the net.