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CJ Johnson
Tony Roig
Tony Roig

Playing Tip: Stay in the Moment

Good players can lose points when they become mentally distracted. The biggest enemy of your pickleball game is self-flagellation. You miss a shot and you beat yourself up about it. The best friend of your mental game is a short memory.


When I played competitive golf one of my go-to mental tactics was a 10-second rule. After the shot, I could say anything I wanted to, with only two limitations. It could have anything to do with my performance or skill, we need to keep our confidence intact, and secondly, all commentary ended in 10 seconds.

Get over it right away. Look forward, not to the past. The most important point is the next one.

On the other hand, if you know one of your opponents is still grumbling about his last bad shot, he’s the one you want to hit at.

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