There are many players who, having switched to padel after a tennis background, often resent their partner’s mistakes or simply prefer to rely solely and exclusively on their abilities on the court. Padel, as an inclusive sport par excellence, leaves no one behind, not even the most individualistic, which is why we are increasingly seeing single-player padel courts springing up in padel clubs.
Although there are no official competitions yet and although it is less popular than the classic doubles padel, singles padel has nevertheless enjoyed a fair amount of success and is an excellent alternative for both beginners and more experienced players.
In this article, we will look at what are the advantages and disadvantages of playing singles and illustrate some of the most interesting types of singles courts on the market.
The advantages of singles padel
The first advantage lies in the greater ease of organizing a match, as finding one player is easier than finding three. For this reason, singles padel can prove to be a viable alternative if one does not yet have much knowledge or if one’s level of play is not yet appealing to the other players in the club one attends.
The second advantage has to do with the technical aspect, which on the singles court can be trained more easily, especially for beginners, but even the most experienced can experiment with new strokes and work on accuracy without the pressure of a classic doubles match.
The third advantage concerns physical exertion: playing a singles match, although the court is smaller, requires more physical exertion than a doubles match, as the player is required to cover a larger area of the court and the number of balls he or she will hit will be far greater. For this reason, for those who want to get in shape or train their physical performance on the court, a singles match is certainly an excellent option.
The disadvantages of singles padel
A first disadvantage has to do with the fact that on a singles court the dynamics of the game change dramatically compared to doubles, and because of this the tactical aspect of the match, by the time you return to playing doubles, may suffer.
The second disadvantage is that in singles one plays much less at the net, since covering 6 meters of net alone is much more complex and would favor the opponent’s passers. From this, it follows that the volley and all other volley shots, which are very important in padel, are trained much less.
A third disadvantage, finally, has to do with the sociality of padel. You know, in fours, it is more fun, you can get to know more people, and it is a great way to test yourself with more players, an aspect that is lacking in doubles.
Talking about the differences in the playing court, what changes is the width of the court which goes from 10 meters in doubles to 6 meters in singles while otherwise, the structure of the padel court is the same, and the same technologies and materials used in doubles courts are also applied to single courts.
In this way, even singles players can enjoy the fantastic benefits of playing on a Fiberglass padel Court, a material that, thanks to its elasticity, perfectly absorbs body impacts on the meshes thus preventing trauma or injury. In addition, thanks to ComfortGlass, exclusive to the N1A and N1As models, the glasses also become a true ally of the singles player thanks to their shock absorption and the fact that being much stronger than traditional glass, they do not run the risk of breaking.
What else to say? If you are a singles player, there is nothing wrong with that, but if you are a lonely, individualistic person, make sure that at least the court is your “friend” and that, while you are playing, it does not play tricks on you!
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