pickleball drills

Ultimate Pickleball Drill-The Octopus

By CJ Johnson / October 3, 2020 /

What if there was a pickleball drill that could improve your accuracy, boost your fitness, give you better footwork, increase your confidence, and enhance your touch? Would you want to know about it? Sound too good to be true? It can also increase your target awareness and help you understand how to control a shot…

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Defending the Pickleball Overhead Smash

By CJ Johnson / August 1, 2020 /

As you become a better player, you need to learn to defend the pickleball overhead smash. Good defense gives your opponents one more opportunity to make a mistake. After all, every one of us has taken that juicy “meatball” and hit it out or into the net at some point in our pickleball life.  …

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Three Strikes-No, Not Baseball, It’s a Pickleball Drop Shot Drill

By CJ Johnson / August 30, 2019 /

Would a better drop shot improve your pickleball game? For most of us, the answer is a definite YES! The good news is you can develop one. The bad news for some of you is it requires practice, but drills don’t have to be boring! This is the final pickleball drop shot drill in the…

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The Nine Point Third Shot Drill

By CJ Johnson / August 19, 2019 /

Can you hit a pickleball drop shot into the kitchen from anywhere on the court? Unless you’re a top pro, you probably snickered when you read that. If so, you’re not alone. The third shot drop is arguably the toughest shot in pickleball. At the same time, there’s nothing that will improve your game more…

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Improve Your Pickleball Third Shot Drop-Drill #1

By CJ Johnson / August 17, 2019 /

Are you getting tired of hitting your third shot drop into the net? Perhaps you’re grappling with the opposite problem. Your pickleball drop shot is too high and easily smashed at your feet.  If you’re struggling to hit unattackable drops, this three-part drills series is designed to help you build touch and consistency. Without a…

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Do You Know How Many Unforced Errors You Make?

By CJ Johnson / November 3, 2018 /

The difference between good pickleball players and great pickleball players are mistakes. In fact, unforced errors are the most common differentiator in pickleball ratings.   Unfortunately, most of us have a small blind spot when it comes to our unforced errors on the pickleball court. An inability to see our mistakes as well as our…

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Pickleball Footwork-Stop Hitting it Out!

By CJ Johnson / October 7, 2018 /

Do you feel off-balance when you’re moving to hit a pickleball shot? Perhaps someone told you that you’re running through the ball and you aren’t sure what that means? Are you having a hard time hitting the pickleball where you want when you are on the move?   I coach multiple sports and consistency in every game…

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Reflex Volley Drill for Faster Pickleball Reactions

By CJ Johnson / September 30, 2018 /

[Tweet “How would you like to improve your reaction time when you get into a volley exchange at the net? This single person drill will improve your reactions in no time at all!”]   If your feeling that your reaction time is a little sluggish at the net. This reflex volley drill is going to…

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Pickleball Drills-Block Effectively and Win More Points

By CJ Johnson / February 2, 2017 /

It’s fun to watch the best pickleball players change a dinking game into an attack. They are so quick and their ability to block is amazing! Do you block effectively? Would improved blocking help you win more points or more pickleball games? When I did an inventory of my shots, my score for blocking was…

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Pickleball Drills-Shuffling Dink

By CJ Johnson / December 14, 2016 /

Even if you aren’t really into practice, something we call the shuffling dink is a great warm up before you play. It gets your heart rate up and leaves you huffin’ and puffin and ready for some stretching.   You can use pickleball drills to help you with several different key fundamentals, just don’t try…

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