Better Paddle Angle = Better Pickleball Shots - as simple as that
By: Tony Roig | July 7, 2024 |

Better Paddle Angle = Better Pickleball Shots – as simple as that

Open paddle angle for some shots. Closed paddle angle for others. Dinks and volleys each have their own optimal angle.

Whenever your paddle is underneath the net, you want that paddle to be open because the ball has to clear the net.

When the paddle is above the net, you want it to be a little bit close because you want that ball to travel down.

If you’re having difficulty hitting your shots, for instance your dinks are going low and maybe tripping the net or going really close to the net, consider dropping the paddle so that you can lift it more.

The better you understand how to address the pickleball with your paddle, the less errors you will make when you play. In this video I show you how.

0:00 Introduction to Paddle Angles and the Video

0:50 Explaining open, neutral, and closed angles

1:50 Volley angles – avoiding the out

2:47 Dink angles – avoiding the net

4:28 Dropping the paddle head

5:45 How paddle grip affects angle at contact with ball

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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.