Pickleball Terminology

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 Pendulum Swing

The Pendulum Swing

This video describes the pendulum swing, the pickleball shot method recommended by the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA)

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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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Do the Math

Do the Math

This video describes where to stand if you are receiving serve as the left side player in a pickleball doubles match, plus the logic and mathematical dimensions of the court to support these...

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The Magic Wand

The Magic Wand

This video discusses the path of your paddle after you make contact with the ball on a dink. I call it the Magic Wand because, while the ball has already left your paddle, you act as if you are still controlling the ball in the air by raising the paddle, often to about the same height as the arc of the ball’s flight. The effect of using this paddle path is 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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The Aron Pickleball Shot

The Aron Pickleball Shot

I asked Aron Yedersberger, an excellent ping pong player who has added pickleball to his list of racket sports along with tennis and (probably – his father was a champ) badminton, to show me how he hits his powerful pickleball drives, and made this slow-motion video. It’s a devastating shot that explodes off the...

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