Unfortunately Padel Tech do not operate any padel courts as we purely specialise in construction of courts. You may wish to check the LTA Website or ipadel.co.uk
Is padel the same as tennis?
No. The scoring is the same however, the game of padel includes the walls and the balls can be played off them in the same way as squash.
How do you spell Padel?
Padel is the correct spelling. Often confused with paddle, paddle board, padle, paddel, padelle.
How big is a padel court?
The padel court internal playing area is 20m x 10m wide
What is the difference between padel and pickleball?
Whilst padel and pickleball are often confused they are two very distinct games, yes they are both racquet sports but there it ends. A pickleball court can be the same with as a padel court however they are usually 6 feet shorter in length. Pickleball courts may be larger when they have been converted from a standard tennis court. Racquets: pickleball racquets are 17 inches in height maximum, whereas padel is far stricter with rules commanding the racquet be 17.5 inches. Balls: pickleball plays with smaller plastic balls riddled with holes which slows the pace down. Padel is played with rubber balls that are slightly less pressurised than tennis balls. Scoring: Padel uses convention tennis scoring whilst pickleball is more conventional, one point per score, 11 to win but you need to be two points clear of your opponent.
Why is padel so popular?
Simple – it may sound basic but padel is effortless to learn and very sociable.
How do you score a point?
The opposition wins a point if:
The ball bounces twice in any area on your side of the court.
The ball strikes you or your teammate while in play.
The ball hits the wire fencing, posts or any other fixture before going over the net or landing on the opponent's court.
The ball hits the wire fence or walls before bouncing on the opponent's side of the court.
The ball can be taken out of the air by any player except on the initial serve and the return of serve.
What are the rules of padel?
Padel is usually played in pairs as a doubles format. Padel uses the same scoring as tennis. In padel, all play begins with an underarm serve from the right service court into the opponent's court diagonally across similar to tennis.
The server must allow the ball to bounce once before hitting it and the ball must be hit at or below waist level.
The server must keep at least one foot on the ground when hitting the serve.
The server's feet may not touch or cross the service line while serving.
Contact with the ball across the centre service line is allowed.
The serve must land in the opponent's service box.
If the ball bounces in the service box and strikes the side or back wall, it is a valid serve and must be played by the opposing player.
If the ball hits the net then bounces in the service box and strikes the side or back wall, it is a let and must be replayed.
If the ball lands in the service box and hits the wire fencing, it is considered a fault.
If the ball hits the net then lands in the service box and hits the wire fencing, it is considered a fault.
In padel as in tennis, you get a second serve.
The following are allowed:
The lines are considered in play only during the initial serve.
Otherwise, they are not a factor in determining the outcome of each point in the game.
All players are permitted to play a ball off any of the walls on their own side of the court.
What is padel?
Padel is a sport which is about to explode in the UK. Padel is very sociable and good for players of all ages and abilities as it is very easy to understand. Whilst often compared as a hybrid of tennis and squash, padel is not dominated by strength, technique or serve.
Are your courts resistant to corrosion?
Yes! The metal treatment and court selection we recommend will depend on your location and is determined during the Desktop Study stage.
Corrosion resistance options include: Sendzimir zinc treated steel for indoor courts – we NEVER use bare steel; Epozy primer coating to Sendzimir zinc treated steel; Hot dip galvanised steel [Caution – there are many types of galvanising (for example, the sendzimir zinc treatment on all our steel is a form of galvanising). Hot dip galvanising is the highest level of treatment.]; Aluminium – our aluminium product offers exceptional corrosion resistance and a unique patented extruded profile developed specifically for padel courts.
Do I need a reinforced court because my location is very exposed?
We will assess your location during a Desktop Study to check the prevailing wind conditions. We install courts in the Carribean which resist up to 278km/hour windspeeds, so we know a little bit about this subject! There are a number of options available to ensure the court we recommend is robust and stands firm against anything nature throws at it. These include: Larger base plates for added stability; 1m reinforcements to standard pillars; Reinforced angle brackets for glass fixings; Steel profiles upgraded to 3mm thickness; Upgrade to 12mm glass thickness for wind resistance.
Do your courts have any unique features?
All our courts have been designed with players and operators in mind, using only the highest quality materials to offer best value for money. In addition, we are proud to incorporate these unique features which set us apart. Folded mesh: our mesh panels are all folded at the edges. This ensures there are no sharp edges which can be very dangerous for players impacting the mesh during play. It also ensures more constant levels between mesh panels and glass panels avoiding inconsistent bounces at the edge of the glass. Laser cut footplates: all of our pillar footplates have laser cut openings. This allows moisture egress, avoiding corrosion within the pillar profile which weakens the structure. None of our courts require any onsite welding during installation - this avoids localised corrosion, since weld is susceptible to corrosion.
Do you provide a Warranty with your courts?
Yes - generally between 5 & 15 years depending on the court specification.
A padel court is composed of a number of components. Each component has a different expected lifespan and comes with a specific warranty. Therefore, we do not provide a ‘one size fits all’ warranty. Padel Tech offer product warranties which mirror that provided on each component by AFP Courts and their associated supply chain. The level of warranty can vary depending on certain factors, including most importantly, whether you follow our recommendations for which court should be installed at your specific location - in terms of structural upgrades and corrosion resistance. Artificial Turf warranty depends of the levels of UV solar radiation in your location. In general, the UK experiences between 80 and 120 kLy per year. The product selected then determines the number of years of warranty, as each is more or less susceptible to UV solar radiation. Glass Warranty - all our glass panels carry the CE mark according to UNE-EN 12150-2:2005 and come with the manufacturer’s guarantee.
Do I need 10mm or 12mm glass thickness?
That depends! Mainly on the design of the court. From a structural perspective, all of our posted courts are designed for 10mm glass thickness, so that is what we recommend. Why incur a premium cost to upgrade to 12mm glass if you don't need to? Our posted courts support the glass panels in 2 planes (left & right of each glass panel). Glass is designed to flex when playing padel, to help absorb the impacts of players banging into them. Being held in 2 planes enables the glass to flex. Some other courts are designed to hold the glass in 4 planes (left & right and top & bottom). In this case, the glass panels cannot flex as much and therefore those court manufacturers' may recommend 12mm thickness. Our panoramic courts are designed for 12mm glass. The panels are still held in 2 planes (in this case top & bottom) - allowing flexibility - but the supporting structures are 3m apart (rather than 2m apart for the posted courts) - hence why 12mm thickness is required. In some instances, a venue may specifically request 12mm as a preference - because the ball will react off the glass very slightly differently. This can generally only be noticed by elite players. Naturally Padel Tech can provide 12mm on our posted courts if required.