Getting Started with Padel Tennis: A Comprehensive Guide

By Matthew Shannon August 23, 2023

Getting Started with Padel Tennis: A Comprehensive Guide


Are looking to dip your toes into the world of Padel tennis? This guide will help you to understand the basics of Padel, explain the rules and showcase the many benefits that come with playing this exciting new sport.

Padel tennis, a dynamic and fast-paced sport, has been gaining popularity across the globe. Combining elements of traditional tennis and squash, padel offers a unique experience that’s both fun and engaging.

Padel tennis is typically played in pairs, on a smaller court enclosed by walls and a glass panel, making it a social and strategic game.

The Benefits of Playing Padel

  1. Physical Fitness
  2. Easy To Play
  3. Social and Fun
  4. Suitable For All Ages
  5. Accessibility


Physical Fitness

Playing Padel provides numerous health benefits that people forget admist all the fun!

It improves cardiovascular fitness, helps to build strength and endurance, enhances co-ordination and promotes overall physical and mental well-being. Not to mention, it’s a fantastic way to burn calories. (Padel Impact On Physical And Mental Health)

Easy To Play

Padel is known for its simplicity. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or new to sports altogether, you can quickly grasp the basics of Padel.

The court surroundings make it easy to have dynamic and fun rallies, even if you have limited racquet skills. Plus, the rules are straightforward, but we’ll get to that later!

Social and Fun

Padel is a highly social sport that encourages teamwork and friendship. It’s mostly played in doubles, allowing you to bond with friends or meet new people on the court.

The fast-paced nature of the game keeps things exciting, making it an enjoyable experience, for everybody to enjoy. (Padel: The Most Social Sport)

Suitable For All Ages

Padel can be enjoyed by people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

The smaller court and slower ball speed reduce the impact on joints, making it suitable for people of various fitness levels. Additionally, the walls have the added the benefit that you do not need to generate the same amount of power as required in traditional tennis.

So whether you’re a young person looking for an active hobby to take up, or a retiree seeking a low impact sport, Padel offers something for everyone.


Understanding the Basics

Here’s a breakdown of the basic components:

  • Court Dimensions: Padel courts are roughly one third of the size of tennis courts at 20 metres in length and 10 metres in width, with a net in the middle.
  • Racquets: Padel racquets are solid and perforated to allow air circulation. They are smaller and have no strings, making them easier to handle.
  • Balls: Padel tennis employs a tennis ball with less pressure, which keeps the game’s pace lively.
  • Scoring: The scoring system in Padel is the same as tennis, with love (0), 15, 30, and 40 points, followed by game and set points.


Rules of the Game

  • Serving: The serve must be underhand, and it should hit the court diagonally across to the opponent’s service box.
  • Double Bounce Rule: The ball must bounce once on the ground from each side before players can start volleying.
  • Let Rule: If the ball touches the net during a serve and still lands within the service area, it’s a let and can be retaken.

Join A Growing Community!

Padel is the fastest growing sport in the UK, but accessibility to the sport in the Cheshire East region has been severely lacking… until now!

At the end of Summer 2023, Padel Tennis will be available at Everybody @ Alderley Park. This new project is in partnership with Pure Padel, who have one ambition:

“To create brilliantly welcoming clubs, boasting world class facilities around the whole of the UK, that are accessible to people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds and ambitions.”

Making this sport available at Alderley Park is just one way Everybody Health & Leisure continue to provide cutting-edge fitness opportunities for the local community.

So why not give yourself an opportunity to try a new sport this summer? With Padel’s fitness benefits, simplicity, social aspect and accessibility, it is definitely a sport worth exploring. Get out on the court, serve and smash and experience the thrill of this exciting game for yourself!

Find out more about Padel and how to play at Everybody @ Alderley Park