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Pickleball Playing Tips
Forehand in the Middle – and Other Dangerous “Pickleball Aphorisms”
Aphorism -/ˈafəˌrizəm/ a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”. Alright, dangerous may be a bit much. But there are several…
Mental Game
They Were Up 9-3 In Game 2 and Lost the Match?! What Happened?
CLOSING OUT GAMES CAN BE HARD I happened to catch the Ben Johns/Anna Leigh Waters vs. Callie Smith/AJ Koller in the middle of their match at the PPA Carvana tournament.…
Ball Over Net Pickleball
Strategy/Partners
Which One-Ball Over Net Pickleball or Actually Learn to Play Your Best?
“Ball-Over-Net” Pickleball is when a player is content with the ball just clearing the net and landing inside the lines on the other side of the court. There is, however,…
Misc.
Can You Play Better Pickleball WITHOUT Drilling?
What if I told you that you could improve your pickleball in as little as three minutes a day without drilling? Would you be curious? When you’re over 50, whether…
Basics
Pickleball Paddle Position-It’s NOT Just the Paddle!
There are several schools of thought regarding the pickleball paddle position, but they’re all focused on a small piece of the pie. If you’re past 50, it’s not only the…
Misc.
Do You Have a Pickleball Addiction?
Are you addicted to pickleball? Ernie Medina Jr. is a treasured “pickleball friend.” Besides loving pickleball, both Ernie and I are on a crusade to educate pickleball players on how…
Basics
Pickleball Beginner Strategy-When to Run to the Net
If you’re new to pickleball, you know that there is no shortage of advice, especially when it comes to the non-volley zone. Someone tells you to run to the net…
Basics
Want to play consistent pickleball? Watch the Ball!
Consistency is Queen or King on the pickleball court. If you can learn to do what dogs do when they’re catching a ball, you’ll be surprised at how much your…
Basics
The Best Pickleball Grip
What’s the best pickleball grip? Like most things pickleball, the answer is it depends. If you come from another racket or paddle sport, chances are you’re going to bring that grip…
Misc.
Teaching Pickleball and Advice Giving-A Look Through the Eyes of a Contrarian
One of the things that makes teaching pickleball so much fun is there are always exceptions to the rule. It also makes receiving pickleball advice confusing.   In addition to…
Misc.
What 56 FEET of Snow this Past Winter Taught Me About Pickleball
As you can see in my Youtube Video’s, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to play pickleball. What you don’t see in those videos is what happens the other six…
Injury Prevention
Pickleball Foot Pain-Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis
Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions…