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Pickleball Tip of the Month
Why am I losing so many games?

If you’re asking yourself the above question, then it’s time to ASK MO!

Here is what Mo says are 10 ways to guarantee that you will LOSE more Pickleball games than you WIN……..and when you read them, they will all make perfect sense.


1. FREQUENTLY miss your serve.
2. FREQUENTLY miss your return of serve.
3. HELP your opponents by keeping their OUT balls in play.
4. When your opponent hits a very difficult FAST shot at you, try and hit a low percentage sharp angled shot for a winner rather than a DEFENSIVE shot.
5. Take away your PARTNER’S easy forehand shots, with your weaker backhand shots.
6. Get upset with your Excellent Pickleball partner who has SUCCESSFULLY jumped in front of you to win the point!
7. Do NOT keep the ball at your opponents feet as much as possible.
8. Do NOT play up to the No Volley Zone line.
9. Hit the ball TOO FAST for good placement, and do NOT give yourself enough leeway for error.
AND
10. Take TOO MANY sharp angle shots rather than high percentage shots down the middle of the court that bounces between your opponents.
Pickleball Tip of the Month
Smart Boxer

Play Pickleball Like a Smart Boxer

A boxer always jabs with his left hand waiting patiently for an opening to connect with a K.O. swinging right hand.

A Pickleball player should jab at his volleys [extension at the elbow joint with a firm wrist] waiting patiently for the ball to be the proper height [12 inches or higher above the net] and proper speed [not to fast] before hitting a K.O. swinging Volley shot.

If a boxer used his powerful right hand too often he would probably be knocked out cold. The same thing applies to a pickleball player who does not work the point with his jab volley waiting for the proper time for a swinging volley.
Pickleball Tip of the Month

Pickleball Percentages

 

  • NEVER SACRIFICE PLACEMENT FOR POWER. A SLOW BALL AT YOUR OPPONENT’S FEET IS BETTER THAN A VERY FAST HIT TO THE WAIST.
  • NEVER SACRIFICE BEING IN THE  READY POSITION FOR A BETTER POSITION ON THE COURT. ALWAYS STOP AND BE IN THE READY POSITION AT THE POINT OF CONTACT OF THE BALL TOUCHING YOUR OPPONENTS PADDLE.
  • THE TEAM WITH THE LEAST UNFORCED ERRORS USUALLY WINS, NOT THE TEAM WITH THE MOST WINNERS.
  • A GOOD VOLLIER WILL USUALLY BEAT A GOOD GROUND STROKER. THE GROUND STROKE IS JUST MEANS TO GET TO THE NVZ LINE AND WIN THE POINT.
  • YOUR BEST POSITION ON THE COURT SHOULD BE EITHER ONE FOOT BEHIND THE BASELINE OR ONE INCH BEHIND NVZ LINE. STAY OUT OF NO MAN’S LAND.
  • THE TEAM HITTING DOWN INTO THE COURT MOST OF THE TIME WILL WIN MORE POINTS THAN THE TEAM ALWAYS HITTING UP,SO KEEP YOUR HITS LOW TO THE FEET. IT WILL PROBABLY BE THE DIFFERENCE IN A CLOSE GAME.
  • NEVER EVER MISS YOUR SERVE OR RETURN OF SERVE.
  • MOST OF YOUR SHOTS SHOULD BE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE COURT, OVER THE LOW PART OF THE NET, GIVES YOU A LOT OF LEEWAY RIGHT AND LEFT, AND CAUSES CONFUSION BETWEEN YOUR OPPONENTS.
  • PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE WHEN DINKING. DO NOT TRY FOR A WINNER UNLESS BALL IS MORE THAN 12’’ ABOVE THE NET.
  • NEVER TRY AND HIT A WINNER OFF A VERY DIFFICULT SHOT. JUST PLAY DEFENSIVE AND TRY TO RETURN THE BALL LOW INTO THE COURT.
Pickleball Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month July 09'

GOOD SHOT SELECTION WHEN STANDING AT THE NVZ LINE


The reason people lose Pickleball games is because they make the wrong shot in relation to the height and speed of the ball.
Placement is more important than power.
Patience is a virtue.

HEIGHT OF THE BALL SPEED OF THE BALL TYPE OF SHOT TO MAKE TARGET
The ball is as high as the center of your paddle when reaching over your head or higher. Slow or fast uses the same type of shot and target. It is an overhead.
"Offensive Shot"
If both opponents are in the court, aim at the closest opponent to you. Place the ball at their feet low to the backhand.
If both opponents are outside the baseline then aim 5 feet from the baseline down the middle of the court between both opponents.
HEIGHT OF THE BALL SPEED OF THE BALL TYPE OF SHOT TO MAKE TARGET
When the ball is between 12 inches above the net and the full extension of your arm. Slow It is an easy ball to hit, make a PUNCH VOLLEY or a SWINGING VOLLEY.
”Both are Offensive Shots”
Same as above.
  Very Fast Is a block volley. “Defensive Shot”
Click Here to watch the training video
Try to keep it low and to your opponents feet if possible.
HEIGHT OF THE BALL SPEED OF THE BALL TYPE OF SHOT TO MAKE TARGET
When the ball is 12 inches above the net and the ground. Slow Dink Shot
“Defensive Shot"
6 inches behind the heel of the opponent who has his left foot to the middle of the court or near the right post. This will require your opponents to hit a Backhand shot.
  Slow, easy to hit ball. Lob or Lob Volley
”Offensive Shot”
Hit over your opponents backhand that is to the middle of the court.
  Very Fast Ball Block Volley
"Defensive Shot"
Try and keep the ball low at your opponents feet.

Click Here to print a copy of this chart.
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Pickleball Tip of the Month

TIP OF THE MONTH May 09'

Strategies and techniques that a beginner must learn, before bad habits develop and cannot be changed.

1. When hitting a backhand, always contact the ball on the opposite side of the paddle that you hit for your forehand shot. Never the same side. Never hide your backhand by running around your forehand because, if you never use your backhand strokes you will never develop a good backhand shot.

2. Stay out of “No Man’s” land. [This is the area between the no volley zone and the baseline]. If you get caught in no man’s land it exposes your feet to your opponent and keeps you on the defensive and in a poor offensive position.

3. Always turn your upper body and step to the ball on all your shots.
a.  Point your front shoulder in the direction you want the ball to go.
b. Step forward towards the ball.
c. Follow through towards your target with the face of the paddle.

4. “Punch “  your  volleys. [ Extension at the elbow joint ] Do not swing at them. Punching will make you more consistent. Keep a firm wrist.

5. Never backpedal to hit an overhead. Sidestep back into position. This is much safer.

6. Always, at the point of contact of the ball on your opponents paddle, split step [stop with feet shoulder width apart] and get into the ready position.

7. Hit 90% of all your shots low and down the middle of the court. Your target should be, between your opponents, yet closer to the opponent with his back hand closer to the middle of the court. Hit only 10% of all your shots at an angle. The advantages of down the middle are: 
a. Confuses your opponents. They cannot decide who will hit it.  
b. Gives ten feet leeway, left and right.
c. The net is two inches lower in the middle of the net than at the posts.

8. Don’t sacrifice placement for power. It is not how hard you hit the ball. It is where you hit it.

9. Never miss your serve. Give yourself a lot of leeway. Aim for the exact center of the serving box. Never miss return of serve because you tried to hit a winner. Just make your target five feet from the baseline and eight inches to the left of center with not a lot of speed so you will have time to get to the no volley line early. This is the place to win the point. Missing your serve and return of serve can be the difference on who ultimately wins the game.

10. Keep a firm wrist when hitting a ground stroke. Never drop the face of the paddle below the wrist. Bend your knees when the ball is low.
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