CJ Johnson

What is Rally Scoring? Learn the Rule Reshaping the Game

By CJ Johnson / November 21, 2023 /

Rally scoring is likely the next major evolution in the growth of pickleball. Below, I will explain what rally scoring is and how to play it. We will be exploring the most commonly used rally scoring system adopted by Major League Pickleball. We will not be explaining how traditional side-out scoring works in this writing.…

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How to Evaluate Your Performance with Positive Pickleball Metrics

By CJ Johnson / August 17, 2023 /

We all evaluate our performance when we play. Some may use a different metric (performance = how we did vis a vis our metric), but most players use the Win/Loss metric. Win lots of games, and we feel great. Lose lots of games, and we feel not as great. The objective of this article is…

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See why THIS MATCH Had Fans on the Edge of Their Seats

By CJ Johnson / May 1, 2023 /

These sorts of matches are great tests. One team is ahead for a bit. Then the other team surges back. A tug of war ensues where each team is doing its best to pull the match across the net in its favor. But, alas, in every sport (and pickleball is no exception) only one team…

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Pickleball Open Play – A Beginner’s Guide

By CJ Johnson / April 8, 2023 /

Pickleball is a fun and social sport that’s becoming increasingly popular in communities across the world. If you’re interested in trying out the sport, open play is a great way to get started. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find open-play opportunities and what to expect when you get there. What is open…

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Change that Shirt! 2023 Pickleball Rules Update- Part 2

By CJ Johnson / December 10, 2022 /

This NEW Pickleball Rule for 2023 means that you might have to change the color of your shirt. Find out the rule and what you need to know; 0:00 Intro 0:26 What’s the new rule about shirt color 2:00 Who gets to decide 2:44 How will tournament players know As pickleball continues to grow in…

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Pickleball Serving Rules – 2023 Pickleball Rules Update- Part 1

By CJ Johnson / November 6, 2022 /
No Spin

The Pickleball Serve Rules are changing for 2023. The Pickleball Spin Serve is banned. But does that mean there are no more spinning serves? Here’s what you need to know. As of January 1, 2023, there are some new rules that you need to know about. Today, Mark Peifer joins us. Now, you might not…

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#111-Two Tips From Top Senior Pro’s Jose Derisi and Scott Crandel

By CJ Johnson / November 5, 2022 /

The best is when the lessons from the top pro players are things that can help us in our games and also things that are achievable by us – no matter our level. I had the opportunity to speak with two of the two senior pros in pickleball at the recent APP tournament in Hilton…

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Top 3 Skills for 4.0+

By CJ Johnson / November 5, 2022 /
Top 3 shills for 4.0+

Want to play 4.0+ pickleball? First things first. You absolutely need these 3 pickleball shots in your arsenal. All three of these shots are achievable by any level pickleball player with some work and practice, but they are an absolute if you want to play solid 4.0 pickleball. 0:00 Introduction 0:25 You want a deep…

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For REAL Improvement Add This Powerful Mind Technique to Your Pickleball Games

By CJ Johnson / October 15, 2022 /
how to be intentional

Chances are you are not playing your best pickleball right now. If so, a likely culprit is a lack of intentionality. Pickleball players who hit the right shots and are in the right place every time are players who are being intentional. You too can add intentionality to your pickleball game (and life). It takes…

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4 Tips to Improve Your Pickleball Backhand

By CJ Johnson / October 8, 2022 /
4 tips to improve your pickleball backhand

Most players struggle with their pickleball backhand. Most players are more comfortable with either their forehand or their backhand. But more commonly, players are more comfortable with their forehand. In this week’s pickleball video we are going to spend some time fixing or building a solid backhand. These 4 pickleball backhand tips will help you…

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