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.
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.
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.