Can You Handle The Heat?

Finally, summer decided to show up in the UK! I hope you have made the most of it this week, getting as much padel in as possible! With more warm weather forecast for the weekend, make sure you jump on the UK PADEL App and book your court or join an Open Match.

As some of us learned last week, several padel racquets come with a "summer" version featuring foam with adjusted density for temperatures that exceed 25 degrees Celsius. (Reminding us that true summer weather has only just arrived in the UK.) This prompts an intriguing question - if racquets respond differently in the heat, what about everything else on the padel court?

Not only racquets but the balls are also affected by rising temperatures. They are made of rubber and pressurized, and as  you may remember from science class, an increase in temperature means an increase in pressure. This increased pressure leads to higher bounces off the ground and more rebound off your racquet. When in two minds about using the back glass or not, in warm weather, it's probably safe to let it rebound off the glass, confident that it will rebound back to you.

Additionally: with the same level of power, your shot will rebound off the glass at a greater distance in the warmer weather, potentially making it easier for opponents to defend. In such situations, opting for a softer hit can be a great tactical move, allowing for better control over the ball's trajectory and ultimately executing a more effective shot.

Playing padel in the sun demands extra attention to your body's needs. Sunscreen is a non-negotiable essential, ensuring you're protected from harmful UV rays. Additionally, hydration is paramount. Consider adding electrolyte tabs to your water for peak performance - a small tweak that can make a world of difference and something I do myself. Carrying a towel in your bag proves invaluable for drying your grip and other sweaty areas, maintaining a firm hold on your racquet. Opt for breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and effectively wick away sweat. These minor details can collectively elevate your game and keep you in top form. 

We want to encourage you, our padel members, to share your own tips and tricks for thriving in the summer sun. Comment on social media, shoot us an email and we’ll even watch our busy WhatsApp groups! What are your go-to strategies for staying cool on the court? Do you have any favourite brands or specific attire that you swear by? Leave your comments and let's deal with playing padel in the hottest of weather!

With these tips in mind, you're poised to make the most of this long-awaited summer on the padel court. Slather on that sunscreen, hydrate effectively, and equip will see you thriving on the courts this weekend!

Coach Jared

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