Intermediate Serving Techniques, Tactics and Strategies.

In a perfect world, you’d win every toss and start each set with 11 aces. But in the real world, where the rest of us play, the pickleballer or ballers across from you are learning more about your playing style with each new serve you make. They’ll start to pick up on your patterns (deep, close, near, far), and the subtle signs your body language makes. Add to that, going for an ace each serve is the quickest way to service fault …

Playing Pickleball in a Pandemic

After months of being inside, there’s nothing like getting out and enjoying some time on the courts. Getting outside, and staying fit is important, but COVID-19 is no joke. As more things begin to open back up, there are a few precautions you can take to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Use common sense First– Don’t go out if …

Play the Wind and Win

Windy day on the courts?  Don’t worry. We’ve got the tips you need to bend the wind to your will. Because keeping an eye on the breeze can be the difference in coming out on top in your match or scraping yourself up off the court after getting pickled.   When the Wind is at Your Back When the wind is …

Stretches for an Ultra-Smooth Swing.

A proper swing isn’t just in your arms. It takes a well-oiled machine, complete with fine-tuned wrist flicks, elbow control, a wide range of shoulder motion, and a flexible core. Bring that all together and you have a fluid, continuous path for transferring power from your legs to your paddle. A simple stretching routine can help you get there, and …

The Around the Post Shot (The ATP)

 If you ever find yourself in a dink rally, there’s a good chance you’ll have an opportunity to hit an Around the Post shot. You might be thinking, is a shot like this legal? The answer is a resounding, “YES!” Similar to tennis, a shot played around the post and net that lands in bounds is not just legal, it’s …

Intermediate Strategies To Up Your Game

There are as many strategies and approaches to pickleball as there are players. One key to upping your game is to perfect your basic fundamentals, like footwork and essential shots (backhand, forehand, smash, dink, slice, serve) so you can put your attention on becoming more strategic while you play. The goal is to feel as comfortable as possible with your …

Beginner mistakes everyone makes

Nobody is born a Pickleballer. When you first pick up a paddle, there are a few instincts you’ll have to fight. Even if you’ve been playing for years, some of these common mistakes can plague some of the sharpest players.  Don’t worry, they’re all are easy to correct — and, once they’re pointed out, you won’t be able to unsee them. …

Shot making tips: The Block Volley

We’ve all been there. You get too much height on a return volley and it sets up your opponent for a smash or a high-velocity forehand. Fear not. In those moments, you still have a chance to counteract as long as you relax and keep your head. Step 1: Prepare yourself. It’s time to steel yourself for the onslaught. This …

Shot making tips: The Slice

Looking to up your pickleball game? Add a slice. So what is a slice? It’s a shot that puts backspin on the ball when you hit it. This backspin occurs by slicing your racket underneath the ball in a downward motion as you return it.  In addition, when you hit a slice and impart backspin on the pickleball, the ball …

The Art of the Grip

How, Why, and When to Use the Three Main Grips  Paddles out, everybody. There’s no “right way” to hold a paddle, but most pickleball players use one of these three grip techniques: Continental, Eastern, or Western. Each grip has its trade-offs and lends itself to different styles of play. More seasoned pickleball players tend to go with Continental Grip, as it delivers the most …