Get to know the game

Discover the basics of padel and unleash your inner PadelStar.

How To Play2023-07-17T13:54:21+00:00

What is padel?

Padel is a racket sport typically played as doubles on a small, glass-enclosed court.

Scoring is the same as tennis and the rules are similar, with the big difference being that you can play off the walls. The balls look identical, but padel balls have a little less pressure. Long rallies are frequent, seemingly impossible shots are common and points often culminate in drama and laughter. It’s addictively good fun.

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started today

We want you to get started as soon as possible.
So here is a summary of the rules of padel.

Overview
and scoring

Padel is played in sets, and each set is made up of games, with scoring exactly as in tennis: 0-15-30-40-game.

It is most commonly played as doubles.

To win a game, a player MUST be ahead by at least two points.

The first team to win at least six games and be ahead by two games wins the set.

Typically matches are three sets, with the first team to win two sets declared the winner.

 
Getting Started

Play begins with an underarm serve diagonally across the court, bounced first and hit below waist height.

The serve must land in the opposite service box and is valid as long as it doesn’t hit the cage after the first bounce – it can hit the glass walls.

If the serve hits the net and is not out then the server gets a further try, a let.

The server has a first and second serve as in tennis.

 
In Play

During play, players can play a ball directly back, can volley or can play off any of the glass walls on their side of the court.

Points are won by your opponent if:
once over the net, the ball hits the cage or glass before bouncing on their side of court
the ball bounces twice on your side of the court
the ball hits you or your teammate

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some of
your
padel
questions

Where can I find a centre near me?2023-07-13T14:55:24+00:00

Go to locations on the navigation bar to see our existing centres and those coming soon. Keep an eye out as there will be new locations over time.

Do you have a membership option?2023-07-13T14:54:56+00:00

Yes! In the bookings section of the website, there is information on memberships and how you can become a member through the Playtomic app.

How do I book a court?2023-07-13T14:52:56+00:00

This information is contained in the booking section. Bookings can be made over desktop or mobile through the Playtomic app.

Can I book for one person?2023-07-17T13:48:50+00:00

The Playtomic app manages bookings. You can book as a single, a pair – and the app will allow other players to join – or you can book the whole court.
I want to try padel: change to Through Playtomic, you can book lessons for all ability levels, from beginner to expert. When you play at one of our centres, we have coaches who will be happy to help you learn to play this great game!

How far ahead do I have to book a court?2023-07-13T14:54:21+00:00

Members can book 14 days in advance and non-members 10 days in advance. If a court is available within these periods, it can be booked!

I don’t have a racket or any balls. Can I get them at the centre?2023-07-13T14:54:03+00:00

Yes! We have rackets and balls to purchase or hire.

I want to try padel, but I’ve never played before. How can I learn to play?2023-07-13T14:53:47+00:00

You can book onto lessons for all ability levels, including beginner, through our bookings via Playtomic on mobile or desktop. When you play at one of our centres, we have coaches who will be happy to help you learn to play this great game!

 

What is the dresscode?2023-07-13T14:53:31+00:00

We suggest wearing something comfortable and suitable for a sports activity. You will need sports footwear such as trainers.

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