Pickleball Tip of the Month

HOW TO PLAY THE WIND IN PICKLEBALL

1. While standing in line before playing check the wind by looking for a flag, weather vane at the top of a recreation center, or best of all the wind screen vent holes.

2. Pick the side of the court that is more advantages to your type of game.

3. Hit three or four lobs before starting to play so you can tell the direction and speed of the wind. This will save losing points getting the feel of the wind after the game starts.


4. Try and convince yourself that the wind is bothering your opponents more than you.

TYPES OF WIND

1. Steady wind straight into your face about 5 to 10 miles per hour.

A. Excellent wind to lob into because the ball tends to go over your opponents head and drop straight down into the court, especially if you put top spin on the ball. Beginners and intermediate, I feel, play better because they tend to over hit the ball and this type of wind will keep the ball in play better.

2. Steady wind at your back about 10 to 20 miles per hour.

A. The best for all levels of play, especially advanced hard hitters. The combination of a very fast wind and a hard hitter does not give a player time to get out of the way of the ball or read whether the ball is going out. A 10 to 20 mile an hour wind in your face tends to set up the ball for your opponent, which makes it easier to smash.

3. A gusty and swirling wind. You must constantly be conscious of the changes in speed and swirling of the wind and be very lucky. You are at the mercy of the wind.

4. A steady cross wind , left or right. You must keep the ball, as much as possible, to the side of the court that the wind is blowing toward the court, not away from the court. The ball will not blow out of bounds.           

THE WIND IS A PERSONAL THING. THERE ARE PLUSES AND MINUSES TO ALL TYPES OF WIND. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG.THESE ARE SOME GENERAL STRATEGIES.

WHEN TWO TEAMS ARE OF EQUAL ABILITY, THEN THE TEAM THAT PLAYS THE WIND THE BEST, WILL WIN MUCH MORE OFTEN! 

- Coach Mo

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