Setting Pickleball Goals: Each Time You Step onto the Court

I found I used to go to open play and sometimes would leave unhappy.  I felt like I didn’t accomplish anything. I realized, I needed to be setting pickleball goals each and every time I stepped onto the court.

setting pickleball goals

Open Play

For me playing aimlessly leaves me feeling a little lost.   Every time I play I set some sort of intention.   The goal does not need to be huge, but I need to have a defined goal.

  • If I am playing with one of my typical doubles’ partners, in preparation for a tournament, we might focus on developing a good rhythm.
  • Again, with my double’s partner, there may be a particular strategy we hope to exploit.  We might work on it even though it doesn’t apply to the players we are playing against in open play.
  • If I’m playing with people I don’t know, I work to be a better partner.  I work on my communication skills and maintaining a positive attitude.

Pickleball Serve

I have also noticed, that more and more people are spending time drilling in addition to playing.  I certainly think this is a good thing and would encourage you to take some time drilling if the court time is available.  However, instead of just “going through the motions” set a goal for each and every drill session.

Setting Pickleball Goals

Every time you step on the court…whether you are working on a shot, a technique, working on partner communication or just your attitude… give yourself  a goal.  Setting pickleball goals help you focus on the court.  Focus on each and every match, like you were defending your spot on a challenge court.  Setting pickleball goals will make your practice more productive, and I find it more rewarding.

If you are having difficulty determining what your pickleball goals should be, please take a moment to read this post on the 3 keys to better pickleball.  And remember, concentration and focus need to be developed.


3 thoughts on “Setting Pickleball Goals: Each Time You Step onto the Court

  1. Thank you as always! What you write reinforces what I’ve learned. I just started setting goals and consistent weekly drilling practice. These techniques have totally changed my progress.

  2. Although I agree that communication is an important goal, I probably would not have even thought of communication as a goal. I would appreciate your listing of goals to set when playing Pickleball.
    And should you and your partner have the same goal?

  3. I find that communication is a touchy subject in open play, which is all I do. I say: “Want to say YOURS, MINE, SWITCH, OUT?” They often say yes, but then never say another word. I continue to be friendly and positive and say, “Mine,” but that’s about it. Sigh. I just focus on my own goals and stay positive. Any ideas about encouraging communication?

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