Instruction

Hitting down the middle is a strategy used by many Pickleball players. It can be effective for a variety of reasons. However, it is not always the right shot depending on who you are playing. Let’s take a look at the situations when you should and should not hit down the middle in Pickleball. Communication...
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I admit it. I haven’t played in a Pickleball tournament. I go to drop ins and play in round robins but I’ve never played in a Pickleball tournament. The funny thing is that I’ve competed in hundreds of tournaments. It was just in other sports like basketball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis and soccer. So what gives?...
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One of the things I enjoy about drop in Pickleball is the mix of competition. One game I’m playing against opponents with a skill level similar to mine. The next time I’m up against a 4.5 player or beginner. I know not all drop in locations mix the levels like this but I think it...
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If you are coming from a racquet sport background to Pickleball, you know there are a variety of grips which can be used to hold the Pickleball paddle.  In tennis, continental, eastern and western grips are popular.  In racquetball and Pickleball, a continental grip is used by most players. This is because the game is...
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If you’ve played or watched tennis doubles, then you know the key to the game is to control the net. Pickleball strategy is similar to tennis with the team controlling the net the one most likely to win the point.  In the case of Pickleball, however, controlling the net means controlling the area just behind...
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A question often asked is how to keep the ball low in Pickleball. While this sounds like an easy thing to do in practice, it is very challenging especially when you are at the kitchen line and a ball is hit at your feet or you have to take the ball on a short hop...
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This is a post about Pickleball injures but first I want to give you some background on my experience with injuries. Click here to skip the personal part and get to the meat of the article. Let’s face it, one of the reasons I took up Pickleball is because I couldn’t move around on the...
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Are you planning to play in a Pickleball tournament? Is your paddle legal? According to the USAPA, the governing body of USA Pickleball, paddles have to meet certain requirements. Otherwise, you  have an illegal Pickleball paddle which cannot be used in USAPA sanctioned tournaments. Can illegal Pickleball paddles be used in other tournaments or recreational...
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When I first started playing Pickleball, my serves were illegal. I knew about hitting underhand and contacting the ball below the waist. I was able to execute this part of the serve. However, some of my habits from racquetball made it difficult for me to keep the paddle head below my wrist. It took a...
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Pickleball is often said to be a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong. I don’t know a lot about badminton and ping pong other than playing both as a child. I did, however, play competitive tennis and racquetball so in this post I’ll discuss the similarities and differences between Pickleball and Tennis and Pickleball...
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