Pickleball Playing Tips

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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Three Strategies to Defuse the Banger

By Tony Roig / January 2, 2020 /

Bangers can be difficult to defeat, unless you learn how.

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The Out Balls Decision Tree

By Tony Roig / October 30, 2019 /

Improve your game by letting out balls fly by you. Trust us. You will like it.

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Master the Pickleball Follow Through

By Tony Roig / October 14, 2019 /

The follow through is an important and oft-neglected part of your pickleball stroke. Focus on it and your shots will improve.

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How much time should I spend on the pickleball drive (hard shot off the bounce)?

By Tony Roig / October 5, 2019 /

You do not need a drive to play successful pickleball. Concentrate on fundamentals.

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3 Tips to Close Angles

By Tony Roig / July 31, 2019 /

Pickleball is about angles. Understanding them is key to good play.

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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: 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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