Hosted by: Tony Roig | August 25, 2023 |

#154- Debunking the “Simple” Myth PLUS Free your Body and Mind

It’s a myth that doing things simply is not the way to advance as a player. Just nothing could be further from the truth.

In this episode, I’ll tell you of a message I received from a player who I’d known for a while expressing her interest to learn advanced concepts. She said the pros were using slices, spins, and trick shots, and so she thought she needed to learn those.

As a Pickleball player, learning how to do the basics well and doing them over and over again is really how you play amazing pickleball.

I’ll give you one example. When you’re returning serve, aim your shot 3 feet over the net. It is not going to look ‘advanced’, yet it’s going to be highly effective, and it’s going to be safer.

Bruce Lee said, ‘I fear not the fighter who has practiced 10,000 kicks one time. I fear the fighter who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.’


00:00- What is Pickleball? – Debunking the Simple Shot Myth with Tony Roig and CJ Johnson

04:52- How to Play Amazing Pickleball with Fundamentals and Simplicity

09:34- Understanding the Framework of Pickleball: How to Simplify Your Game

14:29- Freeing Your Body and Mind for Peak Performance in Pickleball

19:28- Unlock Your Mind and Body to Improve Your Pickleball Game

In the riff, I’m going to talk about freeing your body and your mind when you play.

This is an area that I see more and more as I coach, which is players feeling trapped inside their own bodies and minds.

If you like a video format better, check out the YouTube video of this episode here: Debunking the “Simple” Myth PLUS Free your Body and Mind- Episode 154

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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.