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With Pickleball on hiatus in most places due to the Coronavirus, I thought I would reach out to Pickleball instructors and ask them to give their #1 tip on what it takes to move up to the 4.0 level. I asked this question to IPTPA Level 2 Certified Pickleball Teaching Professionals. These are players who...
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If you’ve played Pickleball for any length of time, then you’ve heard of the third shot drop. This is the key shot for the serving team to be able to move up near the non-volley zone. The normal progression is to hit a serve, then your opponent returns the ball, and then the serving team...
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Have you ever wondered why some people who are brand new to Pickleball are better than others who have played for years? Most likely they have played some other racket sport or at least some other sport using a ball such as soccer, basketball, hockey or football. So, what is the advantage of having played...
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One of the first things you learn in Pickleball is to stay out of the kitchen.  What’s the kitchen?  It is a term for the non-volley zone in Pickleball or an area seven feet from the net running the width of the court.  This means you cannot hit the ball in the air if you...
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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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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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