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Monday to Wednesday 4pm – 11pm
Thursday to Friday 9am – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
Can you hire equipment?
What facilities do you have on site?
Do you do private lessons?
Is there parking?
What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made within 24 hours of your booking via the booking app. If you need to cancel within 24 hours please contact the club via email and we will do our best to reschedule you.
Is there a difference between padel and padel?
What is the difference between padel and pickleball?
BOTH games can be played at our club at the Docklands, so for the best answer, come down and have a try. If you’d like more researach before you sign up though, see below!
Pickleball and padel are both racket sports that have gained popularity in recent years, but they are distinct in terms of rules, equipment, and playing surfaces. Here are some key differences between pickleball and padel:
Origin and History:
Pickleball originated in the United States in the mid-1960s. It was created as a backyard game and has since evolved into a competitive sport.
Padel, on the other hand, originated in Mexico in the 1960s and later gained popularity in Spain. It has a longer history as a formal sport compared to pickleball.
Pickleball is typically played on a smaller, rectangular court that measures 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. The court has a net set at 34 inches in the center.
Padel is played on a larger, enclosed court with walls made of glass or solid materials. The court dimensions are approximately 66 feet long and 33 feet wide (10m x 20m)
Pickleball is played with a solid paddle made of wood or composite materials. The ball used in pickleball is similar to a wiffle ball, with perforations to slow it down.
Padel is played with solid paddles made of composite materials or other materials like fiberglass. The ball used in padel is similar to a tennis ball but is slightly depressurized, making it slower and bouncier.
Pickleball typically uses a scoring system similar to tennis, with players serving and scoring points when the opponent fails to return the ball within the rules.
Padel uses a point system similar to traditional tennis as well, with scoring based on a “15-30-40” format.
In pickleball, the server must serve the ball diagonally, and the ball must bounce once before it can be volleyed.
In padel, the serve is an underhand serve, and the server must hit the ball under the waist, bouncing it off the ground before it hits the wall.
Padel involves the use of walls in play. Players can use the walls to bounce the ball strategically, adding a unique element to the game.
In pickleball, there are no walls involved in play, and the game is entirely reliant on the court’s surface.
Speed and Intensity:
Padel tends to be a more physically demanding sport due to the larger court and the use of walls, making it a more dynamic and fast-paced game.
Pickleball is generally considered to be less physically demanding and can be played by people of various ages and fitness levels.
In summary, while both pickleball and padel are racket sports, they have distinct court sizes, equipment, rules, and playing styles. Pickleball is typically played on a smaller court with a slower ball, whereas padel is played on a larger court with the added complexity of using walls during play. The choice between the two sports depends on personal preferences and the desired level of physical activity.