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you're a Rising Star. You are ready to break through to the next level
This stage has two distinct phases depending on if you are in the beginning or towards the end of the stage.
1. You've been playing for some time but are feeling stuck and unsure what to do.
2. You realize that while it's taken time, you're finally understanding the game better and know that the next level isn't that far off.
If you're in phase number 1 of this stage:
Suppose you've been playing for a bit now and feel like you've plateaued. It's frustrating to feel stuck while you see your peers keep getting better. You're spinning your tires, but you're not sure what to do next, and that's maddening. You know that you're capable of playing at a different level, but you're not showing it, and it's vexing because you don't know what needs to be fixed.
You are getting slammed too often. It should be so much less, but you often pop up the ball, especially under pressure.
While your accuracy has improved and you've added various shots to your game, you're often unsure what the best shot to hit is. You see others dictate play, and you know you can too, but how do you become the protagonist in your games?
You lose focus on the court. Uncertainty and self-doubt sometimes creep in.
If you're in phase number 2 of this stage:
You've likely suffered from some or all of phase number 1. After all, it's darkest before the dawn. However, now you are starting to feel like the curtains are rising, and you are starting to see the story being told on the court.
You've been asked to play in the higher groups. When you watch the better players, you're no longer mystified with the difference between your game and theirs. You are starting to understand (see) what's happening on their court.
As you're getting better, you still sometimes suffer from a lack of confidence, particularly when you're trying to add a new part to your game.
You've noticed that your body is improving (fewer aches and pains), but you think you probably need to do more than simply warm-up and cool down.
You're feeling good and hungry for more.
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You'll benefit most from building solid strategic thinking by focusing on the Thinking Pillar of Pickleball™.
No matter which phase of this stage you are in, you are moving from Pillar 1, the Mechanical Pillar, to Pillar 2, the Thinking Pillar. You'll benefit most by tying up loose ends on the mechanics of your shots but focusing most of your energy on building solid strategic thinking; by understanding what shot to hit when.
Shifting from a purely mechanical focus to a strategic focus is challenging and why so many players often find the early part of this stage difficult. But the shift is absolutely critical to breaking through to the next level.
You will also be spending a lot of your time focused on the serve side of pickleball. This is, by far, the hardest part of the game, but it is essential if you are to continue your growth as a player. In addition, mastering the complexities of how the serving team moves to the NVZ will help you learn to score more points faster.
Reducing errors will be a key to advancement. Most times, we are stuck not because we cannot win but because we are losing too much (we explain this fully inside the Path). Therefore, you will learn how to self-correct, allowing you to minimize your errors and capitalize on your opponents' mistakes.
You will learn how to see the game through rally breakdowns and exercises designed to help you recognize the happenings during a rally and to spot both the optimal and the less than optimal things that happen during a rally.
As you work your way through the Thinking Pillar, you'll begin to feel the fog lifting. You'll start developing the ability to self-correct. You can now see what you're doing well and what you need to work on. You're no longer jumping from one thing to the next, lowering your frustration and overwhelm.
As you continue to work on balance and movement, you will gain confidence on the courts and be less worried about major injuries when you play.
As you work on this stage, your game will look more and more like the games of the best players in your community, and your opportunities for play will reflect your improvement.
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