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The Second Hardest Shot in Pickleball

How do you hit the reset shot from “no man’s land” without popping it up in the air?

Recently, I shot a video with Laura Fenton Kovanda where we focused on the reset shot. That’s the shot that you use when you’re transitioning from the baseline to the non-volley zone. Afterward, the emails came in asking how do you open the paddle face without popping it up and giving a nice juicy kill shot to your opponents who are there waiting at the net?

Hey everybody, it’s CJ Johnson. If you’re new to this channel, welcome. We talk about all things pickleball with a special focus on the player who’s over 50. If you like what you see, make sure you hit the subscribe button and then the bell, that way you’ll know whenever I post a new video. A good reset shot is going to make for a smoother transition for you and your partner to get to the net. If you missed last week’s video with four time us open champion Laura Fenton Kovanda, make sure you start there first. Just click on the link that popped up on your screen. Before I show you my favorite drill, we need to talk a little bit about grip pressure. It’s almost impossible to hit a soft shot with hammer hands. The unfortunate part is most of us don’t even realize how much tension we have in our grip and once we put tension on our grip, that transfers into our forearm and our shoulder, and before you know it, our entire motion is tense.

And we’re trying to hit a soft shot, and most of the time it just won’t work. Here’s how you can be aware of your grip pressure. What I’d like you to do is to hold your pickleball paddle, but hold it lightly enough so that if I walked by, I could pull it out of your hands. That’s number one. Now let’s do the opposite side of that scale. Hold the pickleball paddle again, but this time tighten so hard that if I walked by and tried to pull it out of your hands, it would pull back. You should feel that tension go right into your forearm. Now you have the two extremes, 1, the softest, 10 the hardest. Take the pickleball paddle in your hand one more time and now find the pressure right in the middle between one and 10 that’s your number 5. Most pickleball shots should be hit with a grip pressure of somewhere around three to five. One of my favorite ways to teach people to open the paddle face is by using the double dink drill. The objective of this is to take a dink after the first bounce, pop the ball up in the air in front of you and then hit the next ball over the net. That teaches us to open up the face and to control the ball, and the trajectory as well as the speed

Once you’ve mastered the double dink shot here’s an additional one for you to try. Let’s try double volley. What I want to do as the same thing as in the double dink. We want to open the paddle face up enough so that it stays front of us in the air, and then send the next shot over the net with an arc back to our practice partner.

If you focus on controlling the ball by opening your paddle face and the softness of your touch, your research shot will improve in no time. If you got value from this video make sure that you give it a thumbs up or share it with your pickleball playing friends, because together we can Train Smart, Live Bold, and AGE-WELL.

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Do you practice the reset shot? If so, what’s your favorite drill?



Better Pickleball CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
Better Pickleball
Age Well with CJ
Train Smart · Live Bold · Age Well

Email: CJ@AgeWellwithCJ.com
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Do you practice the reset shot? If so, what’s your favorite drill?

Better Pickleball CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
Better Pickleball
Age Well with CJ
Train Smart · Live Bold · Age Well

Email: CJ@AgeWellwithCJ.com
Better Pickleball on YouTube

P.S. Want more than a consistent pickleball drop shot? Click Here to get a FREE copy of the Pickleball Shot Inventory, and you’ll soon be on your way to playing better pickleball.

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