Two men playing padel

What is Padel?

Padel is a rapidly growing sport across Europe, it is played on an enclosed court about a third of the size of a tennis court. The rules are the same as tennis, played with similar balls, although serving is under-hand and the walls are used as part of the game.

Who can play?

Padel is great for all ages; it’s not power dominant and caters to all levels of play. With limited racket skills players can quickly engage in dynamic and fun rallies, utilising the court’s surroundings. Padel is always played in doubles, which makes it a very social activity and therefore ideal for the entire family.

Where can I play it?

There are Padel courts across the country, mainly located within tennis clubs, leisure centres aand local parks.

Find a padel court today through the club directory on the LTA Padel website

What equipment do I need to play?

Comfortable and breathable sportswear is recommended for when playing Padel, as well as clay court or omni court trainers. Visit PadelShack to find the right kit for you.

You will also need padel bats and padel balls which have slightly less pressure than the traditional tennis ball. This equipment is usually available to hire at Padel venues. 

What are the rules?

Padel scoring is the same as tennis and is easy to pick up. The ball must bounce on the ground before it hits any of the surrounding walls, however players can volley and smash the ball. The lines are only used for the serve and then the ball can land anywhere in the court.

Read the complete rules and regulations on the LTA Padel website