Mental Game

They Were Up 9-3 In Game 2 and Lost the Match?! What Happened?

By Tony Roig / April 16, 2022 /

CLOSING OUT GAMES CAN BE HARD I happened to catch the Ben Johns/Anna Leigh Waters vs. Callie Smith/AJ Koller in the middle of their match at the PPA Carvana tournament. The match offered some insights into our games that I felt were worth sharing. SPOILER ALERT (if you have not watched the match and would…

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Make Pickleball Fun Again

By Tony Roig / October 27, 2021 /

Are you finding that pickleball has become less fun for you than it once was? I have experienced this in my journey and recently have heard from many players that their relationship with the game has diminished. For example, a friend told me, “I do not feel like I’m having fun anymore. I do not…

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Be the Cucumber – Cool and Calm

By Tony Roig / September 4, 2020 /

A friend recently related a story that we have all felt at one time or another. She felt like all the balls were going to her. This feeling increased the pressure on her. The increased pressure resulted in her not playing as well as she can. And so on it went, feeding on itself. When…

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Negative Self-Talk//TWO WORDS to Stop with Coach Dayne G.

By CJ Johnson / August 22, 2020 /

I can’t believe I missed another dink. It’s such an easy shot! Why am I having such a hard time with this? If I keep missing those shots, nobody is going to want to play with me. I’ve been playing for years, I drill, and practice, and I am just not getting any better. How…

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Pickleball Training-Improve Your Mental Focus

By CJ Johnson / January 4, 2020 /

When you want to improve your pickleball game, it’s easy to get hung up on technique, but should that be your only focus? Typically when we start a new sport, or we want to get better at it, we focus on our physical technique, but if you’re not working on your mental focus, you’ll probably…

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Improve Your Mental Toughness on the Pickleball Court

By Tony Roig / October 30, 2019 /

Improve your ability to fight against adversity on the pickleball court.

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Do You Know How Many Unforced Errors You Make?

By CJ Johnson / November 3, 2018 /

The difference between good pickleball players and great pickleball players are mistakes. In fact, unforced errors are the most common differentiator in pickleball ratings.   Unfortunately, most of us have a small blind spot when it comes to our unforced errors on the pickleball court. An inability to see our mistakes as well as our…

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How to Turn Around a Bad Start in a Pickleball Tournament

By CJ Johnson / May 26, 2017 /

Have you ever gone to play pickleball full of confidence, ready for your best day ever then bam! It seems as if an alien has inhabited your body, at least your paddle, and nothing goes as planned? Worse yet, it happens when your playing in a pickleball tournament! One of my frequent partners Bill and…

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