Pickleball strategy

Are You Playing Ball-Over-Net Pickleball?

By Tony Roig / March 4, 2022 /

As you know, CJ and I have helped thousands of pickleball players over the past several years. I wanted to share with you one observation I have learned from this time teaching, playing, and studying the game. Too many players are playing ball-over-net pickleball. This is not a criticism. It is an observation. There is…

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STOP Making this Competitive Pickleball Mistake!

By Tony Roig / April 2, 2021 /

Are you stacking when in competitive or tournament play? If not, you are making a huge mistake. Whenever you are playing in a competitive or tournament setting, you are usually playing against players at your level. You might win. Or they might. The difference in skill between you and many of your opponents will be…

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Have You Become a Robotic Stacker?

By Tony Roig / April 2, 2021 /

  Are you stacking the way you should be stacking? Some pickleball players regularly stack. To other players, the mere suggestion of “stacking” makes them break out into a sweat. As a preliminary matter, stacking is a fantastic tool that all pickleball players should add to their toolkit. But … robotic stacking – more on…

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The Power of Pickleball Stacking-Maximum Tactical Advantage with Minimal Effort

By Tony Roig / March 26, 2021 /

Stacking is a pickleball strategy you can use to take control of your game. Stacking: is available for any level of pickleball play – 2.0 to Pro. allows you to take control of your side of the court. makes your strengths stronger and helps hide your weaknesses. You can stack regardless of your rating or…

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My Top Pickleball Strategy-How to Play Better FAST

By Tony Roig / March 12, 2021 /

How do you know what improvement path is going to get you the fastest results? Having played pickleball for about 5 years now, I have had the pleasure of meeting and playing with a variety of players from varied backgrounds each possessing different skill sets. We are all able to get on the court and…

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The One Pickleball Fundamental You HAVE to Understand

By CJ Johnson / December 5, 2020 /

The one pickleball fundamental you have to understand

Pickleball is more than just getting the ball over the net and into the court. Pickleball is easy to learn but it can take a lifetime to master every aspect of the game.

The first fundamental that you have to understand is that the strategies when you are the serve team differ from the strategies when you are the return team. If you do not understand this difference, you cannot succeed as a player. Period.

When you are the serve team, you are at a disadvantage because of the Two-Bounce Rule. The disadvantage is that your opponents (the return team) will be able to move up to the NVZ line before you. Most successful doubles pickleball is played at the NVZ line. You must first neutralize that disadvantage and get you into position to win the rally and score a point.

When you are the return team, you have the positional advantage of being able to control the NVZ line first. You must maintain that advantage and make it as difficult as possible for the serve team to score a point.

Neutralizing when you are on the serve side of the ball and maintaining your advantage when you are on the return side of the ball is how you will win more rallies and, as a result, win more games.

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Advanced Non-Volley Zone Strategy//Soft Shot Attacks

By CJ Johnson / October 10, 2020 /

Is your only attack from the kitchen a hard-hit shot? If it is, you’re missing out on this advanced attack strategy. Some of you might be thinking, “a soft shot as an advanced non-volley zone strategy?” YUP! It’s an underutilized NVZ attack tactic. There is no doubt about it that the non-volley zone, or the…

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Cha Cha with Your Partner to Move Around the Pickleball Court

By CJ Johnson / February 29, 2020 /
Cha Cha with Your Partner to Move Around the Pickleball Court

When you watch a professional pickleball match, what differences do you notice in a team’s ability to move around the pickleball court? Do you see that they’re able to cut off even the sharpest of angles and make it look easy? It’s because they’ve learned how to Cha-Cha with their partner. I’m often asked, “CJ,…

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My Pickleball Partner Won’t Come to the Net!

By CJ Johnson / November 30, 2019 /

Have you ever played pickleball with a partner who just won’t come to the net? Pickleball rec play is one of the unique aspects of this sport, which makes it so enjoyable. You don’t have to have a partner to play. You can go to open play, and you get to play with a lot…

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Pickleball Third Shot-STOP Getting Killed on the Way to the Net

By CJ Johnson / October 26, 2019 /

 When you first learned to play pickleball, were you told to run to the non-volley zone right after the third shot, no matter what? If so you’re not alone, it’s pretty common, that’s how I was taught. Immediately running to the net is excellent advice if you’re the returning team, or if you happen…

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