Beginner

Even as a beginner, you should try to get to the kitchen line after hitting a serve return or third shot if you are the serving team.  This is because most points in Pickleball are won by the team that controls the net.  Many times beginning Pickleball players stay at the baseline.  However, making the...
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When I started playing Pickleball, I made so many mistakes.  As an example, when I played racquetball, it wasn’t an unusual strategy to go for an ace even when playing doubles!  But, in Pickleball, it’s just not a good strategy since you only get one serve.  To help those just starting to play Pickleball, here’s...
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Transcript Hi it’s Lynn from Pickleball Fire. In this video I’m going to show you how to start playing Pickleball. The first thing to do is to make sure you have the right equipment. You will need a good pair of court shoes and a Pickleball paddle. Some facilities have paddles you can try out...
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I recently reached out to a few certified instructors to find out their number one tip for beginners.  While many of them to give tips on pickleball mechanics, a few were philosophical.  For example, Steve Paranto from Hillsboro, Oregon said his number one tip is less is more.  Keep the strokes as short and simple...
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Some people laugh at the name Pickleball.  Others laugh at the sport itself.  In other words, not everyone loves Pickleball.  Detractors, who likely have never played the game, consider it the same as ping pong but with oversize paddles.  Granted, Pickleball started with ping pong paddles but the game quickly evolved to one requiring considerable...
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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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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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When I first started playing Pickleball, I watched videos of advanced players to understand what I needed to do to improve my game.  I spent quite a bit of time comparing videos of 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and pro players to understand how the game differed at each skill level.  Like most sports, there are many...
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