Hosted by: Tony Roig | June 2, 2023 |

#142- Stress Imparting – the Other Side of Your Pickleball Self

You have two sides to your pickleball self. Understanding each side can help you focus on what you need to in order to play your best pickleball.

And building both sides of that as a player is how you’re going to become a truly well rounded player. Now, I want to be clear about this. It is more beneficial to you to first learn how to resist stress.

Impart stress within the bounds of sportsmanship and the rules of the game. Dink with more purpose and intentionality.

Learning this side of the game can help you – BUT – you first want to make sure your stress resistance is in order.

The more you can resist stresses, all sorts of stresses, the more difficult it is to break you down as a player, you become the wall. I’ll give you an example of this.

If you watch the Johns Brothers, so Colin Johns and Ben Johns, the best Pickleball doubles team in the world, their play is based on stress resistance first.  By being able to resist stress, their opponents start feeling like a chokehold being applied to them.

Check out Episode 140 for more on stress resistance: what it is, why it is so important to your pickleball play, and what you can do about it.

In this episode, we cover imparting stress.


00:00- Adding Stress to Your Pickleball Game

04:43- Resisting Stressors in Pickleball

09:33 – Stress Resistance and Imparting Stress in Pickleball

17:45- Into the RIFF

In the riff we talk about a positive way of looking at adversity, challenge and contest

Celebrate not just victories, but celebrate the event itself, the game or the match you had itself.

Maintain a more balanced perspective about what’s happening on the court when you win or when you lose.

If you like a video format better, check out the YouTube video of this episode here:

The Supplemental Video, where I show you stress concepts on the pickleball court board, is here:

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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.