Analysis of Off-the-wall smash shots in men´s and women´s professional padel

Martín-Miguel, I., Muñoz, D., Escudero-Tena, A., & Sánchez-Alcaraz, B.J.

Perceptual and Motor Skills, 0(0), 1-18.

Año 2024

Resumen:

Purpose: our aim was to analyze the characteristics of the off-the-wall smash in men´s and women´s padel, and to compare gender differences in the set-dependent frequency of these shots. Study sample: through systematic observation, we analyzed 441 off-the wall smashes from the Final Master of the 2022 season of the World Padel Tour. Results: showed that the women performed twice as many off-the-wall smashes as the men. This shot was executed most frequently (90%) from the center and right side of the court and from the dominant side, usually providing volley continuity (73%) and sometimes resulting in point winners (21.5%). Furthermore, there were gender differences, depending on the defense zone from which the wall smashes were defended (p = .014) and on the final match result (p = .018). In men’s padel, the losing pair performed more off-the-wall smashes, while in women’s padel, the winning pair performed more of these smashes. Finally, between both genders, most off-the-wall smashes occurred in the first set and decreased in number in the third set, with the second set containing the fewest off-the wall smashes.

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