I read a post on RV Picklers about how pickleball has changed over the last 7-10 years. I wanted to learn more, so I contacted Steve Paranto. Steve is one of my mentors and is the best person I know who can speak to pickleball’s evolution.
The most basic strategy in pickleball singles is to follow your return to the net and take advantage of your position by creating angles. However, some players prefer to stay at the baseline and hit passing shots.
We all utilize a third shot drop when playing doubles, but I found this shot has real value when playing pickleball singles as well. It is a singles strategy I learned from one of my mixed partners, Wesley Gabrielsen. You see it more in the men’s game … but it can be applied to women’s […]
I realize most people play doubles, however more and more I am being asked to focus on pickleball singles strategy by students. Today begins a three-part series focusing on singles strategies.
I first met Christine Barksdale 15 years ago when we were both playing tennis. She is a fine player and I have enjoyed playing with and against her in many tennis and pickleball tournaments.
In tennis, we learned it was all about preparation. We turned our body’s as we approached the ball so we could hit a forehand or a backhand. However, often we made contact with the ball to the side of us. This tennis tendency must change when you play pickleball.
We have all seen it happen. The rally gets harder, and harder. Suddenly it is out of control. To play advanced pickleball, you must learn to control the pace of the ball.
Today we are going to review a mistake I see many people make on the pickleball court. It is critical to learn proper pickleball footwork. And a big part of that is learning to stop before you hit the ball.
Last week we highlighted the differences between tennis balls and pickleballs. Today we focus on another difference. Every tennis player needs to ask themselves if they are moving too much when they play pickleball.
During our stay in Florida this month I realized there is something former tennis players need to realize about pickleballs. You see tennis balls and pickleballs are not the same.