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4th Shot-Where should you hit it?

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Not only do you want to answer where to hit the shot, but this time, answer what type of shot to hit.
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Answer-Where should you hit it?

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25 Comments

  1. Ken Krueger on March 12, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Scenario 1 (low volley shot) – Ball hit deep to player still back to keep him/her back. Best is D since it gives margin for error to the sideline. Next best is F, then C (potential poaching by NVZ player and angle of shot is into that player). B and A are bad options because it allows the back player to advance to the NVZ.

    Scenario 2 (high volley shot) – Same order as in Scenario 1 because the objective is the same and that is to keep the player back as long as possible.

  2. Bob Moore on March 12, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Terrific information Tony, I have never broken the game or meaning to rallies before, intention was to get ball over net to where the player ISN’T. You give purpose to the shots

  3. Shelley Wehrly on March 12, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Good.
    Thank you,
    Shelley

  4. Robin Hatzenbuehler on March 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Optimal shot would be E and short (dink) — Server is back and might not make it to NVZ and his partner can’t get it without being pulled off his spot.
    Optimal shot when the ball comes high would be C, hit hard and past the Server’s partner.

    The explanation was very helpful. I see why and how my first answer was incorrect. I needed to keep the server back, so I needed to target his shoe laces.

  5. Barbara on March 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    very helpful, thank you.

  6. Judy French on March 12, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    two thumbs up!

  7. Shelley Wehrly on March 12, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Why is it not OK for partner to run to DNV zone right away? Where should the partner go???

    • CJ Johnson on March 12, 2022 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Shelly. The movement to the non-volley zone line is dependent on which side you are playing. The serve or return. If you are on the return side. Yes, run to the NVZ as fast as you can and join your partner. If you are on the serve side your movement must be gauged based on how attackable the shot is.

  8. Jim Brisbois on March 12, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    this was the best i have ever seen. It really (finally) makes sense;
    Thanks so much

  9. Judy French on March 12, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Two thumbs up to Tony – your experience, analysis and insights are much appreciated.

  10. Ron B. on March 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Very useful information since you do an excellent job of explain your reasoning for your choices.

  11. Tish on March 13, 2022 at 1:31 am

    This was awesome information! I was able to follow it and it makes so much sense. Thank you so much for walking through this step-by-step!

  12. Angie Farris on March 13, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Very Helpful! Thank you so much for the information!

  13. Cathy Clemens on March 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Keep em back…
    D to backhand…
    E Forehand
    C Draw Y over to possibly set up a 6th shot down the line
    A Backhand
    B last option

    F Or lob over Y to back left corner

  14. Karen on March 13, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Makes total sense especially with non-serving player running up vs earning way in together. Thanks for sharing makes it really clear. Now execution on the court.

  15. Karen on March 13, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    I did not get replay for this session, I only got this video. I also thought I would get first session which I had to miss. Am I missing a link? I did check my spam. Thanks. Loved the session!!

    • CJ Johnson on March 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Karen, if you don’t see the links in your inbox, send us an email at suppport at wearepickleball. com. (the link isn’t included

  16. Rob on March 13, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Not sure you said where to hit a high ball when both Serving team are back?

    • CJ Johnson on March 14, 2022 at 2:03 am

      This is where the game becomes more complex. It can be a variety of answers based on the position of both players on the serve team. In short at their feet, with enough power not to try to hit a winner but to make it difficult to return.

  17. Hey Jude (Judy French) on March 13, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Re: 4th Shot Return, miniseries session 2 bonus video. Pls also add a bonus video to session 3 of the miniseries if possible about how the 4th shot return is different from this one when the Returner is cross-court from the Server, or simply comment if the answer is simple and or only slightly different from the Returner in this video who is across from the Server. Thanks.

    Having thought about this video, and thanks Tony and CJ for this level of detail, I’m first trying to generalize to make this easier for me to remember where to target a return when both returners are at the NVZ line. As shown in this video, I am taking away that the Returner across from the Server returns:

    1. deep and to the back opponent/server, if there is one (Keep them back)
    2. deep and down the middle when both opponents/servers are back (Keep them back)
    3. to the gap in the middle between opponents/servers, if there is an island of despair
    4. a soft shot to to the opponents’/servers’ at the NVZ line when both are up , or forcefully to anywhere, given a high incoming ball.
    5. how: return with a soft shot when the incoming ball is low or a forceful shot when it is high
    Glad for any corrections/clarifications, glad to hear more. Thanks, again!

    • CJ Johnson on March 14, 2022 at 2:04 am

      Hi Judy, glad you’re enjoying the videos. We’ll have another for session 3.

  18. Estelle on March 13, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    This was great…you gave every shot except when both serving team are back and it’s a high ball— attack it, but where??
    Thanks so much for all these classes 🙂

    • CJ Johnson on March 14, 2022 at 2:03 am

      This is where the game becomes more complex. It can be a variety of answers based on the position of both players on the serve team. In short at their feet, with enough power not to try to hit a winner but to make it difficult to return.

  19. Stephanie on March 26, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    These exercises are very helpful to think through. Thanks for doing it!

  20. Stephanie on March 26, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    These exercises are very helpful to think through. Thanks for doing it! I like the format. I was happy that I knew the answer to this one. I find that so many players do not understand the danger of moving up too quickly on the service side vs earning your way up side by side with your partner based on the quality of the shot.

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