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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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Pickleball Offensive Lob-You Need to Hit this Shot

By CJ Johnson / July 6, 2019 /

A pickleball offensive lob is a great strategy to throw your opponents off and win a few extra points. In last weeks post, I answered a question I’m often asked, CJ, what’s the difference between an offensive lob and a defensive lob? This week we are focused solely on the offensive lob; what it is,…

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What 56 FEET of Snow this Past Winter Taught Me About Pickleball

By CJ Johnson / May 17, 2019 /

As you can see in my Youtube Video’s, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to play pickleball. What you don’t see on those videos is what happens the other six months of the year, it snows. And by most people’s standards, it snows a lot! You may be wondering why I live here? Long before…

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Pickleball Foot Pain-Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis

By CJ Johnson / December 8, 2018 /

Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Foot pain can keep you off the pickleball courts for a long time.  “Dr. Pickleball,” Allan Rosenthal, DPM, FACFAS is…

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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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How to Hit a Pickleball Backhand with Consistency and Power

By CJ Johnson / October 20, 2018 /

As a teacher people often as me about their pickleball backhand. I hear comments like, my backhand seems to go everywhere. When it does go in it doesn’t have any power! CJ what can I  do? For most people, their backhand is a weaker shot than their forehand for a variety of different reasons. Often they spend a lot of…

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What is Pickleball and Why is it so Addictive?

By CJ Johnson / October 13, 2018 /

  Has someone told you about a fun game with a pretty strange name? Or perhaps you’re tired of explaining it to your friends when they say “pickle what?” When people ask me, what pickleball is, I sometimes have a hard time answering. It’s a little bit of ping pong, some tennis, throw in some…

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Playing Tip: Run, Duck or Switch

By CJ Johnson / January 4, 2018 /

When you are at the kitchen line, and your opponent hits a lob over your head, how do you respond? If you and your partner are side by side at the kitchen line, one of you may choose to make a run for it. It’s normally best if the fastest most mobile person attempts to retrieve the…

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Playing Tip: Recognizing Defense v. Offense

By CJ Johnson / December 11, 2017 /

At times your team will be put on the defense during play. At other times you can play offensively. Knowing the difference helps you avoid low percentage shots. We all know by now that partners together at the kitchen line form the strongest offensive team. However, you may have trouble getting to the kitchen because…

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