Today, we will do it with an expert in this area, an icon of the padel called Gaby Reca, and we will focus on the definition of bandeja to the fence.
In the last posting, we commented a lot about tastes and which of the two was better. I insist with the phrase “what is important is to define” and in order to do it, we have to do a stop volley, an off the wall smash, a smash or any other shot, so be it.
The importance of understanding this is key to make our opponent leave the ball in the place or shot we have chosen. In order to do that, we must plan our game and take it to leave us the ball where we want, because if we think for a second, nobody will give us the ball continuously where we are stronger.
Having said that, we will see some important details for this performance:
HANDLE: Gaby uses a continental handle with the characteristic of having the grip a bit higher; his index finger reaches to the heart of the racket. Such handle favors the shot control.This handle, as well as a backhand handle, favor the definition to fence of the bandeja; however, it is more complicated to perform a forehand handle.
PREPARATION: If we look at Gaby, we will see how he first bring both arms up, his backswim is short, elbows are at the shoulders and the left arm is high granting a good equilibrium. The bandeja of Gaby has its particular characteristic that it assembles with the bent elbow and seems that it prepares a víbora; nevertheless, when striking, we can see how he extends the arm as a whole.
SUPPORT: His main support before hitting is on the right foot and if we pay attention to the left foot, he almost has it without support; this guarantees that he “loads” all the shot on the right leg looking for strength in the ground and continuing with the rotations.
IMPACT POINT: His sweet spot will be up (NEVER AT HEAD LEVEL) and in front of his body (not excessively – it depends on the handle). If Gaby hits further back, I would choose another direction as center or parallel one.
TERMINATION: At this moment, when hitting, the body weight is transferred from the right leg to the left leg favoring the rotations and taking advantage of it. Another important fact is that he maintains the pressure of the arm when he has finished and that his body is positioned towards the ball when the shot was finished; thus, it is tactically well placed to finish the play.