Hosted by: Tony Roig | February 25, 2022 |

Forehand in the Middle – Is It the Right Rule?

“Forehand takes the middle.” How many times have you heard it said on the courts? But is that always the case?


Even though it is uttered innocently enough, this “truism” is unhelpful and oftentimes will lead you to the wrong answer. There are multiple scenarios where a player may incorrectly conclude that “forehand takes it.”


In this week’s episode we reveal the fallacy of this well-ingrained “rule” and provide you with an alternative framework that is more constructive and will lead to you having better answers on the court.


In the riff we check in with your challenges and share with you a mindset you need if you want to make changes in your game.


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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.