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Tony Roig
Tony Roig

#140- Improve Your Stress Resistance

There are two sides to playing pickleball: you resist stress and you impart stress.

The better you are able to resist stress, the less likely you will be to make an error when you play – the less likely to miss a shot. You become “the wall” out there, resisting everything thrown your way.
For example, me or my partner hit a third shot that’s a little bit high, a little bit deep, and is getting smashed. So I’m getting ready to defend that shot. How well am I able to resist that pressure coming back at me?
One way that you can withstand stress better is to take the net out of play. When you start thinking about your game, think about areas of your game that put you in a bad spot. Let those go out of bounds.
Chances are you will win more rallies simply because you are missing less shots. Once you improve your stress resistance, you will feel much more confident and comfortable out there. And then you can switch your focus to imparting stress: the subject of next week’s podcast.
This week’s episode we dive into the stress resistance side of things.

00:00: Resisting Stress in Pickleball: How to Evaluate Your Play

04:37: Increasing Your Ability to Withstand Pressure

09:17:  Principles and Strategies for Success

14:13: In the Riff- Dealing with the Tennis Players

In the riff, I share with you some ideas on how to deal with the tennis players out there who are upset about pickleball players playing on “their” courts.

Some perspective so that if you get into a situation with a tennis player, you have some ammo that you have available to you to have a constructive conversation with them without getting into a heated argument over what shouldn’t have been a heated argument.

Make sure to Scroll Down for Bonus Tips to relieve your stress

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Tips to Relieve Stress

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 Raymond Rphael on May 20, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Excelent. !!!

  2. Avatar photo Sandra Urich on May 21, 2023 at 2:57 am

    I liked both videos and I play today so I intend to try all of them, especially the 2 techniques for the bangers.

  3. Avatar photo Deb on May 21, 2023 at 5:09 am

    Great video on how to improve my game through managing stress.

  4. Avatar photo Jeff on May 24, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Would you comment on the pro strategy for mixed doubles? Why does it differ from men’s and women’s?

  5. Avatar photo Ray Eargle on June 23, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    It is always great info thank you. After my starting point of the first few plays of a new competition, I think I am getting back into the swing. I then start thinking of too many things like the excitement in the firefight then I start losing the grip control on the paddle and tension too much or the paddle angle. I find its correction is slow down the game in my mind, use a follow-through hit and watch the ball to the paddle.

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