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Teaching Pickleball and Advice Giving-A Look Through the Eyes of a Contrarian

By CJ Johnson / September 7, 2019 /

One of the things that makes teaching pickleball so much fun is there are always exceptions to the rule. It also makes receiving pickleball advice confusing.   In addition to teaching pickleball, I coach golf and skiing. In my career as both athlete and teacher, I’ve encountered a lot of advice-givers, some good coaches, and…

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Playing Tip: Pickleball Language Primer

By CJ Johnson / July 12, 2019 /

A game as fast as pickleball requires an abbreviated pickleball language to communicate. One of the first phrases of pickleball language new players learn is the “non-volley zone,” the first 7 feet on each side of the net, is called the “kitchen.” A “dink” is a shot intended to land in the opponents’ kitchen. Yelling…

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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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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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Pickleball Foot Pain with Dr. Pickleball-Part 1

By CJ Johnson / October 5, 2018 /

Dr. Pickleball recommends court shoes as the first step to reducing pain and your chances of injury. But, do you need to have special shoes to play pickleball? I mean wouldn’t just a plain old running shoe do? I’m glad Dr. Rosenthal addressed it in the video because it’s one of the most common questions…

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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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Rule Review: On the Clock

By wearepicklebal / September 12, 2018 /

The clock matters only a couple times in pickleball.  The entire score must be called before the server begins his or her service motion. When all players are in place, and the score has been called, the server is permitted 10 seconds to serve the ball. If you can’t manage that, it’s a fault against you.…

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Rule Review: That’s Handy

By wearepicklebal / September 5, 2018 /

Perhaps unique to pickleball, a ball can be hit twice, bounced on your paddle, or “carried,” as long as this occurs during a continuous motion in a single direction.   The ball can also hit your paddle hand and still be returned legally. In fact, the ball doesn’t need to hit the paddle at all as long…

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