Pickleball Drills

Hanky Panky Elbow Target Drill

Hanky Panky Elbow Target Drill

This drill focusses on how to get the idea of targeting the opponent’s dominant elbow (in this case right) into your muscle memory so that you can hit to that awkward location more often.

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Drills to beat the Blender

Drills to beat the Blender

I’m calling a rapid exchange of volleys when everyone is at at the no volley zone line “the Blender.” And just like dropping a pickleball into a blender, you have no idea where the pieces may fly, or, more crucially, who will win the point. Winning the point in that situation often seems out of anyone’s control. Rather than just resign...

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The Flick

The Flick

This video presents a specialized shot that is designed for that surprising situation where your opponent’s shot hits the top of the the net and barely bounces over, dropping more or less straight down on your side, in the...

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Protect Your Balls

Protect Your Balls

This is a drill to give you the sense of protecting the area around your feet.The title is a bit of a joke, but the idea isn’t. I describe this as the opposite of a foot fetish – you don’t want anybody getting close to your feet. So, you keep your paddle forward, shielding that area, and you either hit kitchen shots on the rise or in the air to...

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The Pickleball Shot Apex

The Pickleball Shot Apex

This video discusses the concept of the optimal apex of the pickleball’s flight as it is hit from the back court, mid court, and from the no volley zone line (the dink).  

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Solitaire Pickleball Self-test Drill

Solitaire Pickleball Self-test Drill

I sent out an all-points bulletin this A.M., hoping for a game. The fact that I announced it 5 minutes before the start time could be a factor in why when I got to the court I was completely alone. More notice next time. Even so, after a five minute lesson in how not to move a pickleball net, since the middle base fell off, came apart, got tangled with the net, and...

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