How To Serve in Padel

In this article, we’ll explain the basics in the padel serve. 

According to Sandy Farquharson that is a padel trainer and runs the Padel School on YouTube, people don’t practice their serves enough.

It is the easiest stroke to practice. Take a few balls and practice accuracy and consistency in your serve. 

The basics in the padel serve

The serve is an easy stroke. Begin with your racket high and strike down on the ball. Release the ball in shoulder height just in front of your left foot. Release the ball and hit it waist height. You are not allowed to hit the ball over your waist. As long as you release the ball from shoulder height you will be fine. Hit the ball at the highest possible point. Strike trough. 

Begin with your weight in the back foot and move your weight forward. Take a step forward just after you hit the ball. Quickly move forward to take a position at the net after your serve. The position by the net gives you an advantage on your opponents. 

  1. Move the racket backward
  2. Release the ball in shoulder height in front of your left foot 
  3. Hit the ball waist height and strike trough 

Put a slice on the ball to keep it low.

Service Rules

Padel begins with an underhand serve from the right service box into the opponent’s court diagonally. The ball must bounce once before the player is hitting it and the ball must be hit below waist level. The serve must bounce in the opponent’s service box. 

Balls that bounce on the line is ok. The lines on the court are considered in play only during the serve. Otherwise, they are not a factor in determining the outcome of each point in the game. 

Were to serve

You have two choices were to hit your serve. Either you can hit your serve close to the “T” in the middle of the court. That might be a good idea if it forces your opponent to hit a backhand. Your other choice is to hit your serve wide close to the glass. A serve close to the glass gives your opponent a difficult stroke. 

Common mistakes 

When learning how to serve the goal is to keep it as simple as possible. A common mistake among new players is that they make the serve way to complicated. They hit the ball too early when it hasn’t reached the highest point or swing the racket to powerful. 

Another common mistake is that the player tries to hit the first serve to hard, misses and hits a bad second serve which gives your opponent an advantage. Try to hit two consequent serves. 

Another common mistake is that the player runs to the net during the serve. First hit the ball and then move upwards to the net. 

Top Spin on Serve

A common question is why should I not hit topspin on my serve?

If you are facing good opponents they will get an advantage if you hit topspin on your serve. The bounce will become higher which makes it easier for your opponents. That is the reason why you won’t see a lot of topspin serves on the World Padel Tour.

If you are facing weaker opponents that get a problem with a topspin you can use it sometimes. 

Serve Formation 

Classic Serve

This formation is sometimes used by beginners. In this formation, players change sides so that you have one player on each side. This formation is not commonly used on the professional level. 

Australian Serve

In this formation, you keep your side of the court no matter on which side your partner serves. This is the formation used on the World Padel Tour and other professional tournaments. With this formation, each player will take care of defending his side. With this formation, each player specializes in his position. 

The main drawback with the Australian serve is that when you served you will have to run quickly to the net because the distance is longer.

In the clip below Sandy Farquarson from the Padel School gives you the basics in the padel serve.