A New & Improved Way to Play Pickleball Defense
By: Tony Roig | April 6, 2024 |

A New & Improved Way to Play Pickleball Defense

In this video we’re going to borrow a few cues from a former volleyball player to help you play better pickleball defense.

Get in a ready position. Come into the court where you think the ball is going to be.  If we’re going to defend a shot, we generally defend balls at our feet.

Stop your momentum. Why is this important? If we have momentum coming from our body, that’s energy from our body that translates into energy into the paddle and ultimately energy into the ball, which now can create another pop up for your opponents against the net.

Paddle to the ball. Because time is of the essence, bend down and the move the paddle to get to a ball that’s hit at our feet.

Then simply to absorb the energy.

Here’s the thing to remember, when you’re in a defensive position here, you’re defending something at your feet. Truly, the damage is already done. All I’m trying to do is get the ball back one more time and live to hit another shot.

Check out the video for more ways to improve your pickleball defense plus a bonus tip!


Links Mentioned In The Video

The Stacking Lab

Learn How To Control The Court And ‘Beat The Banger

How to Improve Your Defense and Eliminate Pop Ups in Pickleball

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.