Learn proper pickleball fundamentals and techniques. And then drill.
Before learning the "ins-and-outs" of various shot techniques that can be executed on the pickleball court, it is paramount – particularly as a new player – to first have a "proper" grip and "ready" position. The grip and "ready position" represent the foundation from which to build.
The following posts are not only intended to help you execute a successful dink, drive, drop and serve from a technical perspective, but are also intended to give you a better understanding and context of when, why and under what circumstances each shot should be hit.
As an improving pickleball player, you have no-doubt been voraciously consuming content and have been learning strategies and the proper fundamentals and techniques for hitting dinks, drops, volleys and drives. Mastering these shots is foundational in your journey to becoming a better pickleball player. Shown below are 15 pickleball shots – many of which are advanced shots – to add to your arsenal. Although some are frequently called upon during ...
In pickleball, few shots are as satisfying as that crisp punch volley that lands just in front of your opponents’ feet resulting in a weak pop-up and a subsequent easy put-away volley for you or your partner. Or the drop volley that lands softly and harmlessly just over the net after a hard struck drive from the baseline from a notorious “banger.” In pickleball, there are different volleys for different ...
The pickleball drop shot – or third shot drop as it is frequently called – is perhaps the most important shot to add to your repertoire of shots on the pickleball courts if you are looking to improve and become a better player. It’s a very strategic shot that, when attempted and executed consistently, will differentiate lower-level players from the more advanced players. The lower-level players will rarely even attempt ...
As a former high school and collegiate tennis player, the term “dink” has always had a negative connotation with those with whom I competed. It was a term predominantly used to describe a player who wasn’t really too good, didn’t “hit out” with their groundstrokes and simply “pushed” the ball back to their opponent with little to no aggressiveness in the hopes of forcing an unforced error by his/her opponent. ...
Develop muscle-memory and perfect your technique with the following pickleball drills – either with a partner or by yourself.
Pickleball Warm-up Drill
Here is a great pickleball warm-up routine and drill that you can do with your partner as you are getting ready to play your first rec game of the day or tournament match. In tournament matches, teams will typically be given only approximately 5-10 minutes to warm-up. These pickleball drills
Add Skinny Singles to your Pickleball Drill Routine
When practicing and drilling on the pickleball courts, we’re all trying to find those drills that closely mimic the variety of shots that would be executed in a “real” game – dinks, drives, drops, serves and volleys – all while adding in a mental pressure component to the session. Skinny
Pickleball Wall Drills
As pickleball players most of us understand the importance of drilling – of working repetitively on some facet of our game and committing the [correct] technique to muscle memory so that we can confidently call on that particular shot under pressure in a real match. Finding somewhere and someone with
3-Person Pickleball Drills
We’ve all been there. You’ve got a much-anticipated pickleball doubles match scheduled for the afternoon and when you get to the courts, there are only three players — one person in the foursome had to unexpectedly bail. What do you do with only 3 pickleball players? Instead of going back
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