A decent forehand is crucial when playing padel. Along with the backhand, this is a shot you will use when returning serve and when you're not at the net. If you have an easy ball, you can also use the forehand as an attacking shot, but generally with groundstrokes in padel the most important thing is to play a solid shot and not to miss. There are different types of forehand, including a flat forehand, a topspin forehand and a slice forehand, which is useful for when the ball is at chest height and you want to keep the ball low. Remember that hitting your forehand cross-court will give you more court to aim at – which means more margin for error - than going down the line.
If you're thinking, 'How do I play a topspin forehand?' remember that you don't want to generate as much spin as you do in tennis. You want the ball to dip down to your opponents' feet, and not to bounce off the glass and potentially give your opponents an easy shot. Look to lightly brush over the top of the ball with your racquet for just the right amount of topspin.