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Tony Roig
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#111-Two Tips From Top Senior Pro’s Jose Derisi and Scott Crandel

The best is when the lessons from the top pro players are things that can help us in our games and also things that are achievable by us – no matter our level.

I had the opportunity to speak with two of the two senior pros in pickleball at the recent APP tournament in Hilton Head, SC. Scott Crandal and Jose Derisi had come back to win the gold medal in the men’s senior pro division the day before. I asked each of them separately for their perspective.
I asked Scott how he approached pickleball. His answer: fundamentals – that word that makes players run away.
I asked Jose for one piece of advice he had for new players. He said that players should not try to win the rally in one shot. Instead, work the rally and wait for your opportunity.
In the riff, we talk about framing the game with gratitude from the start. You will feel better and play better. Give it a try next time you play.
If you like the podcast, please give it a rating. And share it with your friends. If you like it, they probably will too. Stay well, Tony


  1. Jodi Kostal on November 6, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    I love love that you brought up gratitude. I feel in general that when we are in a state of gratitude we attract more things to be grateful for and in pickleball it is really no different. I love how you stated that it frames the way that you’re playing I even am grateful for my mistakes. I feel as if when we approach the game that way there’s a different feeling that happens. We are probably more relaxed or smiling or maybe even laughing and that relaxed Focus play is always my best play.

    • CJ Johnson on November 8, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Jodi, a little gratitude goes a long…..way!

  2. Moe on November 6, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Gratitude goes a long way in all areas of life.Will use that tip next time I’m on the court!!!

    • CJ Johnson on November 7, 2022 at 1:24 am

      Well said Moe

  3. Jean Amundsen on November 6, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy your podcasts!
    I’m working on my 3.0 rating. This week I had the opportunity to play with 3 3.5 players. When we finished 4 games I thanked them especially for the fact that they dinked unlike many of the local players who, as they agreed, play tennis on a badminton court.

    • CJ Johnson on November 7, 2022 at 1:24 am

      Jean we’re so glad you find them helpful!

  4. Bettina Moench on November 7, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Loved this podcast! I felt gratitude just listening to it, and I know I will express it to my playing partners! I know I THINK it often, but I haven’t said it out loud! What a great way to build camaraderie and a full heart!!!

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