Padel is a great sport to play all year round. It’s fast, fun, and easy to learn. Have you become a fan of paddle tennis and do not have access to indoor courts? Don’t worry, there are ways to make paddle tennis enjoyable even on the coldest days of winter. In today’s post, we bring you 6 tips for playing paddle tennis in winter.
1. If you play outside, wear the right clothes
There are some things to keep in mind when dressing to play paddle tennis, especially in winter.
Wearing only warm clothing is not enough. You also need to protect yourself from rain and snow, which can make outdoor play impossible. We recommend that you wear a special paddle tennis suit or any other waterproof clothing that covers your arms and legs.
Since it will be more difficult for you to move in water-repellent clothing, you should wear layers of thin, breathable fabrics that give you warmth.
2. Prepare for surface changes
Since outer races are subject to natural wear and tear, they can get harder or softer over time. This variation in hardness can affect your game because hard courts are faster than soft courts. To avoid difficulties when playing padel in winter, you must be prepared for this change.
3. Use the right shovel
If you play outdoors, your style of play will be different than when you play indoors. You will have to use a lighter padel racket with more elastic rubber bands for outdoor games. Using light paddle rackets is essential so that it is not difficult to control in outdoor conditions.
4. Bounce of the ball
The bounce of the ball depends on how hard or soft the court is. In order for the balls to bounce correctly, you must adapt your game to the type of court conditions:
– Hard courts: fast and low bounces
– Soft courts: slower and higher rebounds
5. Perform warm-up exercises to avoid cold-related injuries
You should also warm up properly before playing to avoid cold-related injuries. Outdoor games are more physical than indoor games, so do some stretching exercises and other movements to prevent muscle cramps or joint pain.
6. Stay hydrated
Although the feeling of thirst may be less in winter, it is just as important to drink enough water. Playing outside without drinking enough fluids can lead to muscle cramps, dehydration, and other problems. If you feel any of these symptoms, stop playing and drink some water to help your body recover.
As long as you are prepared for surface changes, use the right equipment and take the necessary precautions, playing paddle in winter can be just as satisfying, even more so than in the summer months when the heat is stifling. We hope that this series of tips have been useful to you. See you on the slopes!