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Tony Roig
Tony Roig

#112-Keeping Your Focus Out on the Court


Focus will ebb and flow when you play pickleball. It is the most natural of things.

But there are things you can do to improve your focus, particularly in those crucial moments: the pivot points of a game.

In this episode we give you several tips you can use to improve your focus – while giving you the proper framing: focus will come and focus will go. It is part of any athlete’s experience.

In the riff, we talk about an 11-9 game vs an 11-6 or even 11-3 game. They may feel the same, but are they? Proper perspective can help you better appreciate your efforts (as well as those of your opponents) out on the courts. Let us know if it works for you!


Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.


  1. Avatar photo Lynette on November 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    How do I watch this without joining Spotify?

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on November 13, 2022 at 1:51 am

      You just need to click the green audio player in this post.

  2. Avatar photo Nori on November 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Great tips and encouragement!!!

  3. Avatar photo Doug Bebensee on November 15, 2022 at 5:34 pm


    Yet again, another bit of wonderful advice from you. I just gobble this stuff up. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I recently told my brother, who is an entry level to lower/mid-level Pickleball instructor, about your videos. He was so impressed, that he is now recommending your videos as “homework” to his students.

    Please keep up the good work.

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on November 16, 2022 at 3:48 am

      We’re glad that we’ve been helpful for your game and Thanks for the recommendations Doug. We have a special course designed just for beginners and your brother is welcome to use that as well. It’s free and you can find it at betterpickleball.com/beginner

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