Better Pickleball Blog

We cover rules changes, strategies, and tips to help players like you become the best they can be.

Pickleball rules
Pickleball Rules-Serving Etiquette
The rules state that you should not serve until the receiver is ready and the score has been called. In a tournament, if you serve before the referee has called…
Non-Volley Zone
Pickleball Strategy-What’s a Dink Shot and Why Hit it?
When you hear the word DINK, many people think Double Income No Kids, but that’s not what it means in Pickleball! We talk about the dink shot, we practice it,…
Mental Game
How to Turn Around a Bad Start in a Pickleball Tournament
Have you ever gone to play pickleball full of confidence, ready for your best day ever then bam! It seems as if an alien has inhabited your body, at least…
Fast Feet for Better Pickleball Groundstrokes-Part 3
There are two essential but very different footwork skills; proper movement to support the athletic motion and fast feet. Pickleball requires both. Golf, my former occupation, is an example of a…
Want to Hit Better Pickleball Groundstrokes? Use Your Feet (Part 2)
Balance and strong footwork are cornerstones of any sport. The most challenging shot to hit is when we are off-balance. Footwork in pickleball is an often overlooked key component of…
Non-Volley Zone
Pickleball Drills-Block Effectively and Win More Points
It’s fun to watch the best pickleball players change a dinking game into an attack. They are so quick and their ability to block is amazing! Do you block effectively?…
covering the court
Covering the Court as a Team
Ever play a team that covers the court so well it’s hard to score a point? They always seem to get a paddle on the ball no matter what? In…
Moving to the Net as a Team
My guess is at some point you have been told after you return the serve, no matter what type of shot you or your partner hit, run as fast as…
3rd Shot Drops
Pickleball Drills-The 3rd Shot
I can hear a few of you groaning now, the 3rd shot. AGAIN? Arguably the 3rd shot is one of the most difficult shots to hit consistently at any level.…
Non-Volley Zone
Pickleball Drills-Shuffling Dink
Even if you aren’t really into practice, something we call the shuffling dink is a great warm up before you play. It gets your heart rate up and leaves you…
Down the Middle Solves the Pickleball Riddle
You’ve got a good rally going, you force the error and your opponent gives you the opportunity to finish the point and then boom, you hit a sharply angled shot…
Stretch After Pickleball? Why?
Do you stretch when you are finished playing? If you take a quick look around the courts surprisingly few people take just a few minutes to cool down and stretch.…