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Shot Wisdom

Wisdom:  First four shots

1st shot:  (Server)

Get your serve over the net and deep.

(My secret...which yes, I'm telling you now, is I often try to move the returner.  I try to serve to somewhere a few feet from where you're standing to get you moving or off-balance).

2nd shot: (Returner) 

Return the serve deep with an arcing return - this keeps your opponents back and gives you time to get up to the net.  Remember - "Return and Run".  Don't stay back at the baseline admiring your shot.

3rd shot: (Serve team)

Drop it or drive it - there's decisions to be made.  If one or both of your opponents is staying back, keep them back.  If both are at the line, a drive or a drop might be most effective.

4th shot: (Return team)  Will depend on the type of third shot.

Fourth shot options - Simone Jardim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30HOjuwLO7U

Wisdom:  Places to aim

Places to aim?  The middle line deep is often a great place, especially against both right handers and a right-hand/left-hand partner duo when both have their forehands in the middle and might try for the ball. 

 

Another place to aim?  The opponent's paddle arm which will cause a "chicken wing" effect as they try to move to hit the ball which may cause an unusual shot or a pop-up you or your partner can capitalize on.

Wisdom: Learn the rules

The 2023 USA Pickleball rules booklet can be found HERE.  You should really know the basics at least so that in competitive play, you do not have your opponent take advantage of your ignorance.  

A Facebook post from Ron Ponder of IFP (International Federation of Pickleball) puts it best:

"Seems like every rules question on here ends with. "... so we replayed it".  Heads up, people!  That's hardly ever the rule!  Here are the only times the rule book allows replays in non officiated play, paraphrased.


11.E If a cracked or broken ball affects play.
4.A.8 Hidden release of ball on drop serve
8.C A valid hinder
11.L.5.b Ball goes over net and hits crossbar, etc.,
13.D.1.b Disagreement on foot faults.
4.K Wrong score called and challenged before 3rd shot. "

Drills and Tips

10 tips - doubles pickleball strategy - by Joe Baker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ceh-7DI1Y

Respecting the X - updated for 2022 - by Tony Roig / We Are Pickleball

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItFZ5JWm_hw

How to reset better - Lee Whitwell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxfCYXW8Uiw

3 Pickleball Shots hurting your game - with Nicole Havlicek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-btSmG-ehM

Third Shot Drop - with Matt and Brian Staub

https://youtu.be/4n0wVXVO8o4

Returning Lobs - with Simone Jardim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6fusU4tyr4

Block defense against hard hitters - with Scott Moore

https://www.pickleballchannel.com/PB411-Pace-Off-Ball-Scott-Moore?fbclid=IwAR2IBifVjGqwdCKIYmiz819B-VvPCB3U1iOrarX6JpJWwpM8l_SaIUymHCg


Cross-court dinking when pressured - by Tyson McGuffin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHCFB2ATzL4

 

Block volley drills / soft hands - by Simone Jardim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeA4ffpFWh8

Pickleball fitness - keeping balance at the NVZ - by Sarah Ansboury

https://sarahansboury.com/pickleball-balance/

YouTube channels/videos

This is a list of some of the YouTube channels I enjoy.  There are plenty of others.  Hit up YouTube for all your pickleball video needs!

Sarah Ansboury:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHuN2VCgXnwESfgmDTF-Ldg

C J Johnson
https://www.youtube.com/user/cjjpga/videos

In2Pickle - friends out of Clearwater
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEIvvPc-JwETHVK33boyGFA

PrimeTime Pickleball
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4trh-axJGxOpSwlvsUbHbg/videos

Pickleball Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/PickleballChannel/videos

Pickleball Magazine
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzFTnOdyJDiTLxU7zSgNO3g/videos

Pickleball Kitchen

https://www.youtube.com/c/PickleballKitchen/videos

TOURNAMENT VIDEOS

APP Tour - Tournament videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzp8-zq6Qpd3g1ykc8Tj9BA

 

PPA Tour - Tournament videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSP6HlrMmRqogym2aHBPHpw

Major League Pickleball (MLP)

https://www.youtube.com/c/majorleaguepickleball

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