Are you hitting the right (optimal) shots?
Picking the right shots when you play is important. Part of that decision making is making selections that are not too risky. That get the job done without needless chance for error.
Think of the shots in terms of their marginal advantages. Some shots offer high advantages relative to the risk they create. An example is a deep return of serve that is aimed 4 feet inside the baseline along the centerline. This shot gives you what you need with little risk. If you target the return 1 foot from the baseline, you will get a higher advantage shot but now the risk becomes too high.
Balancing risk of the shot with the advantage given to you by the shot is key to optimal shot selection.
In the riff, we talk about a concept that will really help you with your relationship with the game – particularly when things do not go the way you hope.
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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.
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