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
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.
Lets face it. When there's no referee, such as in rec play, rules are sometimes overlooked, ignored or simply unknown. In the spirit of "fun play," players sometimes feel that it's not important to adhere to every single rule, to the letter. The problem is, which rules do you choose to overlook? And what happens… Continue reading Making calls in recreational play, without a referee
Stress is success, according to Gabe "The Gladiator" Anderson, and I like what he has to say. I reached out to Gabe today after reading a piece he wrote on Facebook about being patient and creating stress for your opponent. Here is what he has to say, word for word. I have been sharing this… Continue reading Stress is Success!
Which is more important in the world of team/partner sports? Being a good player OR Being a good partner There's been a lot written on this topic. And while there are many who put winning ahead of everything, most pickleball players just want to play well, and with a partner who will lift them up… Continue reading Are you a good player or a good partner?
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!
Stop and close your eyes. Listen. What do you hear? The other day between games in open play, another player suggested I stop and listen. And here's what I heard. Bam, bam, bam, bam, give or take one or two bams. What was I hearing, and what was to be made of it? We… Continue reading Shhhhh…..listen.
There are many sources of information for pickleball on the internet. Websites, blogs, YouTube videos, and so much more. Each of these is created and supported by someone who felt they had something worthwhile to offer to the pickleball player and/or community. No matter the platform, each offering is rewarded by the number of people… Continue reading Quick Pickle – helping players get better