The coach of pádel Ramiro Choya has analyzed the left, or as he likes to call it the "art of deception", in its youtube channel. The multi-player coach of World Padel Tour dissects this blow in two variants: the tactical part and the technique.
Tactical part of the blow
A new dimension
When we are in the network it is not always enough to move rivals around the back of the track. The fact of making drops implies also displacing the rivals towards the network. By attracting them we can also find gaps between both players, which we will have to take advantage of to win the point or force them to go back. All these variants will dislodge the rival pair.
When to do them?
The coach of pádel gives some tips that will be great when you make your drop:
- If the left you do it in crossed you will have more clue to not fail.
- Try to make this hit when you are playing on slow or wet tracks, as the pot will be much smaller.
- Look at which of the rivals is slower and do it to him, it will be more likely that he will not get to the ball.
Technical part of the left
Hiding the blow until the last moment
The left as such can be considered as an art, a deception towards the rival. The important thing will be that the opponent does not appreciate that you are going to make a leave, for which it is essential to prepare a typical volley preparation and wait until the last moment to do it.
How to make the left then?
For this we must follow a series of aspects:
- Use a continental grip because it is easier to perform a cut effect.
- Perform a preparation just like a normal volley. The only different thing will be to relax the front knee at the time of hitting.
- Delay the point of impact to slow down the ball more.
- Do not accompany the ball as much, since you must use less power and give more effect.
- When you make the drop check that the ball bounces below the height of the net tape. If so, you're on the right track!