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Pickleball Tip of the Month

TIP OF THE MONTH

HOW TO WIN 20% MORE GAMES WITHOUT IMPROVING YOU’RE HITTING SKILLS

YOU MUST ANTICIPATE AND RECOGNIZE EARLY WHEN YOUR OPPONENT ‘S BALL WILL NOT LAND IN PLAY. THERE ARE THINGS TO LOOK FOR BEFORE YOUR OPPONENT MAKES CONTACT WITH THE BALL.

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHERE YOU ARE ON THE COURT!

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE BEFORE YOUR OPPONENT TOUCHES THE BALL.

1. IS THE WIND AT YOUR OPPONENTS BACK?

2. IS YOUR OPPONENTS’ CONTACT POINT BELOW THE NET?

3. FOCUS ON THE FACE OF YOUR OPPONENT’S PADDLE .IS IT TOO OPEN?

4. IS YOUR OPPONENT ON THE FULL GALLOP?

5. IS YOUR OPPONENT AN INCONSISTANT PLAYER AND A BANGER?

THESE TELL TALE SIGNS MUST BE ON YOUR MIND EVERY TIME YOUR OPPONENT IS ABOUT TO HIT THE BALL.

IF A BALL IS COMING AT YOU SO FAST THAT YOU THINK YOU WILL BE LUCKY IF YOU EVEN TOUCH THE BALL, NEVER MIND GET BACK; DO NOT HIT IT.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE EARLY AN OUT BALL IS COMING YELL TO YOUR PARTNER “NO”.A SECOND OPINION SHOULD ALWAYS BE WELCOMED.

PLAY SOME POINTS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND DON’T KEEP SCORE; LET SOME QUESTIONABLE BALLS GO, SO YOU CAN LEARN TO RECOGNIZE OUT BALLS. IF YOU RECOGNIZE JUST TWO BALLS A GAME, YOUR GAME WILL IMPROVE ABOUT 20%.

THERE ARE VERY FEW PLAYERS WHO CAN HIT A BALL WITH EXCEPTIONAL SPEED AND KEEP IT IN THE COURT CONSISTENTLY. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THESE PLAYERS WHO CANNOT AND PUNISH THEM BY LETTING ALL THEIR BAD SHOTS GO OUT OF BOUNDS.IF YOU DO,THESE PLAYERS THAT HAVE BEEN BEATING YOU WITH OUT OF CONTROL SHOTS , WILL PROBABLY LOSE TO YOU.

IF A PLAYER REALIZES HIS OPPONENT HITS EVERY BALL HIT TO HIM, HE SHOULD PICK UP THE PACE ON HIS SHOTS BECAUSE HE CAN BE SURE HIS OPPONENT WILL ALWAYS SAVE THE BALL FROM GOING OUT.

THE BEST SCENARIO IS THAT YOU HAVE HIT YOUR BEST SHOT OF THE DAY AT YOUR OPPONENT AND ALL 5 OF THE ABOVE LIST ARE PRESENT, IT IS JUST ABOUT A GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL BE OUT OF BOUNDS.

IF YOU MASTER THE DIFFICULT ART OF RECOGNIZING BALLS THAT ARE GOING OUT OF BOUNDS THEN YOUR GAME WILL QUICKLY RISE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

GOOD LUCK,

Coach Mo

Pickleball Tip of the Month
"How to Cross Step"

HOW TO INSTANTLY BECOME TEN YEARS YOUNGER AND A FOOT TALLER!

CROSS STEP! COVER COURT SPACE MORE EFFICIENTLY!


ADVANTAGES TO CROSS STEPPING:

  • Adds two feet more to your reach on your forehand and backhand on both your volley and ground stroke.
  • Player does not lose proper position on the court for the next shot.
  • Player becomes deceptively fast.   

HOW TO CROSS STEP:


  • You must be in a ready, split step position so that you can move in either direction easily. (see above)


 

Ground Stroke
 

Volley
  • To go right, step toward the right post with your left foot. (see above)


Ground Stroke

Volley
  • To go left, step toward the left post with your right foot. (see above)
  • You do not want to cross step parallel to the net. Instead, you must cut the ball off and make contact with the ball slightly out in front of your body by stepping to the post.
  • Do not drag the back stationary foot. It should become like the point of a compass or you will lose your position on the court.
  • After hitting the ball, return the cross stepping foot to the original spit, ready position and keep your paddle in ready position as you return.
  • The faster you hit the ball the faster you have to get back to ready position.  (see above)
Pickleball Tip of the Month
Hitting Techniques "Do's and Don'ts"
  1. DO: Make a split step at the point of contact of your opponent's shot. A split step is when both feet are shoulder-width apart and parallel to each other. DON'T: Always try to hit the ball while backpedaling or running forward.
  2. DO: Punch your volleys and swing at your ground strokes. DON'T: Always swing at your volleys and punch your ground strokes.
  3. DO: Get your paddle ready at the split second your brain registers forehand or backhand. Very early preparation of your paddle before you hit the ball is the most important tip of all. DON'T: Ever ready your paddle as early as possible before hitting the ball.
  4. DO: Keep your wrist firm and cocked up when hitting volleys and ground strokes. Never let your paddle face drop below your wrist. This will make your shots more accurate. DON'T: Hit all your strokes with a flick of your wrist.
  5. DO: Keep your eyes on the ball's contact point on the paddle even after the ball has left the paddle. DON'T: Drop your chin too soon when hitting an overhead shot.
  6. DO: Have the wind's direction and speed on your mind at all times on a windy day. This will determine how to adjust your stroke to play the wind. Before the game starts, hit a few lobs to calculate the wind. DON'T: Play the same game regardless of wind conditions.
  7. DO: Try to make contact while volleying as far out in front of your body as possible. This will open up the court, which gives you more angles to shoot for and more power. DON'T: Contact the ball when it is behind you or beside you when volleying.
  8. DO: Make a sound to yourself at the exact point of the ball's contact on your paddle. This will help you concentrate on watching the ball hit your paddle and also help keep your head up. DON'T: Lift your head too soon before you make contact with the ball.
  9. DO: Turn your upper body and point your shoulders toward your target. DON'T: Always keep your shoulders parallel to the net when you contact the ball.
  10. DO: Use the opposite side of your paddle for your backhand volley, not the same side as the forehand volley. DON'T: Hit a backhand volley by reaching across your body and twisting your paddle so that you contact the ball on on the same side of the paddle that you hit your forehand volley. This technique makes it almost impossible to hit a low backhand volley.
  11. DO: Keep your knees bent as low as possible until you have completely followed through. DON'T: Never bend your knees when hitting low volleys and ground strokes.
If you try to do all these dos, your total game surely will improve quickly.
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