Golden Point vs. Advantage System? How they are different?

In Padel, both the advantage system and golden point are scoring mechanisms used to determine the winner of a game when the score reaches deuce (40-40).

However, there are some differences between the two:

  1. Advantage System:
    • Similar to tennis, in the advantage system, when the score is tied at 40-40 (deuce), the subsequent point gives a player or team the advantage.
    • If the serving side wins the next point, they are said to have the “advantage,” and if they win the following point as well, they win the game. If the receiving side wins the next point, the score returns to deuce.
  2. Golden Point:
    • The golden point is an alternative method to break the deuce in padel. When the score reaches 40-40, the next point determines the winner of the game, regardless of which side wins it.
    • Winning the golden point directly results in winning the game; there is no advantage played after reaching this point.

In essence, the key distinction lies in the handling of the decisive point after deuce. The advantage system introduces an additional step with the advantage point, while the golden point simplifies the process by making the next point the game-winner. The choice between these methods may vary depending on local rules or player preferences.

International Padel Federation (FIP) has made a decision to use the advantage system in Premier Padel. Read more here.

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