Pickleball Playing Tips

Play Pickleball? No…Thank…You

By Tony Roig / September 29, 2021 /

It took me almost 52 years to figure out how to properly use this simple three-word phrase, no thank you, to exercise my agency. I had been playing in a group. There were a few other players drilling and some playing on courts near us. We were done for the day and were getting ready…

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Caution – Bad Pickleball Advice Ahead

By Tony Roig / May 7, 2021 /

Most of us started our pickleball journey learning from the pickleball enthusiasts who preceded us. The sport was passed down to us from the court elders or the group’s pickleball experts who shared their nuggets of wisdom. “Stand up there when I am returning serve.” “The first team to serve only gets 1 serve.” “After…

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What Pickleball Tournament Play Taught Me About Rec Play

By Tony Roig / March 5, 2021 /

Last weekend, I competed in the Professional Pickleball Players (PPA) event in Tampa. Even though I was entered in the Senior Pro division, PPA events have skill levels and age events for all players. The division doesn’t matter. The things I garnered from those two days and what I’m about to share with you go…

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Hitting the OUT Ball-How To Eliminate YOUR Biggest Pickleball Mistake

By CJ Johnson / August 29, 2020 /

Don’t you hate it when you hit a ball that you know was going out? We’ve all done it before. You allow your opponents to stay in the point, and inadvertently help them build confidence. Identifying and not hitting an out ball as it flies through the air is a learned skill. Here are eight…

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Pickleball 2020-What Are Your Goals?

By CJ Johnson / January 18, 2020 /

If you want to play better pickleball in 2020, two things will help, a little reflection and a plan.   Take a moment to think about last year. What do you do well on the pickleball court? What didn’t you do as well? If you want to play better this year, I’d suggest that you…

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Playing Tip: Pickleball Language Primer

By CJ Johnson / July 12, 2019 /

A game as fast as pickleball requires an abbreviated pickleball language to communicate. One of the first phrases of pickleball language new players learn is the “non-volley zone,” the first 7 feet on each side of the net, is called the “kitchen.” A “dink” is a shot intended to land in the opponents’ kitchen. Yelling…

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Playing Tip: Change of Pace, Change of Place

By CJ Johnson / February 9, 2019 /

Playing Tip: Change of Pace, Change of Place What’s the best thing about being unpredictable? You keep the other guys off guard. For those times when you get beyond the first three shots in a rally, take advantage of opportunities to change your target. Hitting several shots in a row to the opponent directly across…

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Playing Tip: That’s what Friends are For

By CJ Johnson / August 2, 2018 /

You always want a friend by your side. When you and your partner are together, you form a barrier that your opponents must penetrate. This is true whether at the baseline or at the kitchen line. You should try to move in unison back to front, side to side. The only time you start apart…

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Playing Tip: Let It Go

By CJ Johnson / July 17, 2018 /

If only those high fast balls weren’t so tempting! Most of us love them, but we must learn to let them go. When you are at the kitchen line, and a ball is sailing at you shoulder high or more, it is probably going out. There is less than 15 feet of court space behind…

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Playing Tip: Just Cause It’s Legal

By CJ Johnson / July 3, 2018 /

Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is smart.   You are permitted to stand in the kitchen, but doing so will only get you in trouble. When you are in the kitchen, you can’t do anything until the ball bounces. And, you become a big target for your opponents to aim the ball…

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