Padel, the new kid on the block


Here at Bob Shop, we’re all about staying active and having fun. Even better if we can find a way to include a little bit of friendly competition in our lives. So as you can imagine, we’re already really into padel!  This exciting sport continues to take the world – and South Africa – by storm, and it’s easy to see why so many people have become passionate padeleros… 

What is padel?

Padel is a unique hybrid of tennis and squash, usually played as a doubles sport on a smaller court surrounded by glass walls. Players use solid, stringless rackets to hit a modified tennis ball over the net. It’s a fast-paced and dynamic game that combines strategy, power, and finesse.

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Why is padel so popular?

Here are just a few reasons why padel has become a global phenomenon:

  • Easy to learn, fun to master: With lower barrier to entry than tennis, making it perfect for beginners. However, the game also has a high skill ceiling, keeping experienced players engaged.
  • Social & inclusive: Typically played in doubles, encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. The enclosed court creates a more social atmosphere compared to traditional tennis.
  • Full-body workout: Don’t underestimate the intensity! Provides a fantastic full-body workout, improving your cardiovascular health, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination.
  • Action-packed & exciting: The combination of walls, rackets, and balls creates a unique and fast-paced game that’s thrilling to play (and watch). 
  • Competitive: Games and the chance to join leagues give players great opportunities to gain bragging rights over friends, family and colleagues! 

Join the revolution with Bob Shop!

A lot of the Bob Cats are already hardcore padel fans, and we’re excited to see this fantastic sport grow and grow. That’s why we offer a wide range of padel equipment, from top-quality rackets and comfortable, stylish sportswear to all your essential accessories.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a curious beginner, Bob Shop can help you step onto the padel court with confidence. Visit us online to check out our padel listings and get ready for a smashing time!