Pickleball

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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Pole Dance Pickleball Stretch

Pole Dance Pickleball Stretch

This video shows a series of stretches that I like to do prior to playing tennis or pickleball. You will need a permanent net with a solid pole, as is typical on a tennis court, or on permanent pickleball...

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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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Pickleball Rope Trick

Pickleball Rope Trick

This video presents a low-tech solution for gathering pickleballs together on the floor so they are easier to pick up.

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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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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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Shoes for Pickleball

Shoes for Pickleball

I’ve had a few people ask me about shoes for pickleball. The main thing to consider is that you should get tennis shoes or what are sometimes called cross-trainers. Scheel’s in Iowa City has a few, but there are many online, e.g- at Amazon Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Wilson, all good Here’s  list of pricy ones: https://www.si.com/edge/best-mens-tennis-shoes I have...

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The Pickleball Flick

The Pickleball Flick

Every sport has it’s terminology, and pickleball is right there with a bunch of terms, punch volley, dink, third shot drop, etc. You may think that our PB predecessors have it all covered term-wise, but the fact is that there is still a little wiggle room to name things here and there. Pickleball is perhaps especially vulnerable to new coinages since the origin of...

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Pickleball Rope Trick

Pickleball Rope Trick

This video shows sort of low-tech means or hack for gathering a bunch of pickleballs together for easy pickup. Some tips: You’ll need a fairly thick rope, but not too thick or it won’t lie down flat easily. I use a 3/4 incher here You need to move the rope smoothly and slowly or the balls will start jumping the rope If you keep the ball spaced out rather than...

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