Padel Terms: All The Words You Need To Know

There are a lot of different padel terms used by padel players and fans. Some of the words can be confusing in the beginning. Start practicing today and communicate like a pro on the padel court!

Padel terms: Shots

Forehand: one of the groundstrokes. A shot made by swinging the racket across one’s body with the hand moving palm-first.
Backhand: one of the groundstrokes. A shot in which one swings the racquet around one’s body with the back of the hand preceding the palm.
Two-hand backhand: a backhand played with two-hands.
Bandeja: a sliced volley. The Spanish word Bandeja means tray. That’s why the preparation of the shot should look as if you were holding a few glasses on your padel bat.
Down-the-line: a shot that travels parallel to and along with the side glass.
Drive: a hard, straight shot commonly used to pass an opponent at the net.
Drop shot: a gently played shot that gets over the net so the opposing player can’t reach it.
Ground stroke: a shot that after the ball has bounced.
Half-volley: a shot hit just as the ball bounces.
Lob: a shot played high into the air to land at the back of the opponent’s court.
Smash: an overhead shot hit hard, usually before the ball has bounced.
Stop shot: a shot that slows the ball down a lot and makes it drop just over the net with very little bounce.

Padel terms: Basics

Player: one of the people involved in playing a game.
Singles: a game with two players.
Doubles: a game with four players. Doubles are standard in padel.
Serve: a point begins with one of the players serving the ball. Which means one player hits the ball diagonally towards the other player. The service must be played from behind the baseline and must land in the service box. Players get two attempts to make a correct serve.
Server: the player who serves and hits the ball first for each point in a game.
Receiver: the player who receives the serve and hits the ball back.
Ends: each side of the court.
Baseline: the line at each end of the court that defines the length of a court.
Centerline: the line in the middle of the court defining the service box.
Net: the piece of material across the middle of the padel court that divides the court in half.
Post: the upright that supports the net
Glass: covers the front and back of the padel court. You are allowed to bounce the ball in the glass.
Fence: covers the side of the padel court. You are not allowed to hit the ball in the fence.
Bounce: when a padel ball hits the ground, it goes back into the air – the ball has bounced. After a match, the ball often becomes less bouncy and needs changing for a new ball.
Service box: the area where players serve into. Between the baseline and the side glass.
Rally: the exchange of shots between two players. A rally starts when the receiver returns serve and ends when the player wins the point.

Padel terms: Scoring

Game: a team wins a game if, generally, they are the first team to win four points (15-0, 30-0, 40-0, win)
Set: Generally, the first team to win six games wins a set. You have to win a set by at least two games.
Match: Usually, in padel, the first team to win three sets wins the match.
Deuce: if a score gets to 40-40, the score is called deuce – at this stage, the winner of the game is the first team to win two points in a row.
Tiebreak: if both teams win six games each, then there is a tiebreak. In a tiebreak, the first team to win seven points wins the tiebreak (note: like a deuce, if both teams get to six points, then the winner is the team who now wins two points in a row).
Love: a score of zero points in a game or zero games in a set. For example, 40 – love.
Match: a player who only needs one more point to win the match is said to be at match point.
All: indicates the scores are level. For example, ’30 all’ means that both players have a score of 30.
Fault: A served ball that breaks the service rules. That is a serve that hits the net and lands outside the service box. The ball can touch the glass after the serve bounces in the ground, but it’s a fault if the ball hits the fence.
Foot fault: this happens when a server’s foot touches the ground on the wrong side of the center mark on the baseline before the player hits the ball.
Let: when a serve hits the top of the net and lands within the service box, it is known as a ‘let,’ and the server got a new chance to serve again.

Now you learned the essential padel terms. Good luck!