Making the move from a 3.5 to 4.0 player takes more than just skill. Many times, we see a 3.5 player join in a 4.0 group, and immediately bang away, using only power to win the point. Why is that? One reason is that they have probably been playing against players in the 3.5 category… Continue reading Becoming a better pickleball player requires shot variety and strategy
After my last post “Respecting our neighbors – creating a quieter pickleball environment,” I received some feedback from readers seeking more information on how to deal with sound issues at their outdoor pickleball courts. I have asked my friend, Bob Unetich to write a contributing article on the sound of pickleball; how to measure it,… Continue reading The sound of pickleball – a detailed explanation, and what you need to consider before building courts
Anyone who has played pickleball for a while knows that coming to the non-volley zone line is an important strategy. Being at the NVZ line give you an advantage of not only coverage, but offensive power. More points are scored from this position on the court than any other. We all get into games with… Continue reading They just won’t come to the NVZ line.
We talk about court position when we teach beginner pickleball. Where you should be when your partner is serving. Where you should be when you or your partner is receiving the serve. Where we should be for the most offensive opportunity. But, what about court awareness, and for that matter, PARTNER AWARENESS? Lets focus… Continue reading Quick tip: Be aware of where your partner is hitting!
POST REVISED (AGAIN) February 18, 2019 - rule change I was recently asked this question. "If a ball hits one of the net posts, and then bounces in, is it legal?" The answer is, NO. The IFP Rules book states the following: Rule 11.K. The Net Posts: The net posts (including connected wheels, arms,… Continue reading Rules question – what if the ball hits the net post? RULE REVISED 2/15/19
USAPA and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) have published a new update to the Official Tournament Rulebook. It is available for free online at this URL address: https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/ Look for the book cover "2019 Official Tournament Rulebook." These rules will go into effect February 15, 2019.The new rule book makes no major changes in… Continue reading Updated 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook
After a previous post, I had a text from a friend who liked what I had to say about practicing skills, but said I should consider that practice doesn't always make perfect. He went on to say, "perfect practice makes perfect!" Good point! One made by Vince Lombardi once upon a time. Repeating a skill… Continue reading Practice makes perfect……..or does it?
How often have you played a game and just gotten trounced by your opponent? After the game was over, did you give any thought to how or why your opponent beat you so badly/easily? Are they really that much better than you? Maybe they really are, or maybe you hit poor shots and set them… Continue reading Is your opponent really better than you?