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While professional player DJ Howard calls himself the “technique guy”, he doesn’t emphasize this idea when teaching new players. In fact, he helps students by focusing on what they should accomplish with the ball. This idea even extends to serving where the focus is on what they are trying to accomplish with the ball. He...
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Stacking is an advanced doubles strategy you don’t see often in recreational Pickleball play; however, almost every professional player does it and even lower-level tournament players can benefit from the strategy. Most players have a favorite side of the court they like to play on to take advantage of their stronger side whether it is...
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It’s always amazing to watch the professional players as they seem to have so much time to hit the ball. They are not rushing and play in control. Professional player, Sarah Ansboury, says this skill has everything to do with balance and being able to move forward. She stated, “One of the most important things...
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If you are playing in a tournament, league or other type of competitive event you will need a Pickleball scorecard.  Click here to download a PDF which you can print to keep track of the game scores.  This Pickleball score sheet  can handle matches up to five games as some events like the Pickleball Professional...
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Professional Pickleball player Lauren Stratman wasn’t one of those people who found themselves immediately hooked on the sport. In fact, it wasn’t until she played in her first tournament that she knew the sport of Pickleball was for her. Lauren said, “I’ve always enjoyed the competitive side of tennis. So, I grew up playing tennis...
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Many people like to just get out on the Pickleball court to have fun, but if you really would like to improve your game Coach Dominic Catalano believes you need to spend time drilling and you may even need a coach. Dominic said, “You look at the top players in our sport, they make things...
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Five years ago, Helle Sparre came to Pickleball after years of teaching tennis and playing in the pros during the 1970’s. She found the game of Pickleball to be well suited to her playing style since she was not a power player. Helle remembers how she took to Pickleball, “I could do all those kind...
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Video Transcript The third shot drop is a staple in Pickleball.  If you watch a pro match, it’s rare for them hit anything other than a drop shot on the third hit.  With that being said there are times when you should not hit a third shot drop.  In this case, you should drive the...
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Video Transcript Pickleball is a sport where you need to be offensive to win points.  If you rely on just getting the ball back and letting your opponent make mistakes, you won’t be as successful.  This is especially true at higher levels where you to need to attack to win. Let’s take a look at...
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Transcript Pickleball is a unique sport in that dinking is part of the game. So, what is a dink? It’s a soft shot you hit low over the net after the ball bounces in the kitchen or near the non-volley-zone line. The goal of the shot is to slow down the game and see if...
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