If you were to build yourself a home, you would probably want it to have:
a. A solid foundation
b. Completed wall and
c. A roof to keep the elements out.
You may also want it to have some plumbing and electrical.
So … if you were learning how to build your own home, would you not need to learn how to do all of the above?
But what about crown molding, and paint selection, and finished carpentry for those awesome accents around the place?
While those are nice to have, you first need the solid home onto which you can add these touches.
As pickleball players, too many of us spend our time learning the crown molding (extra spins on the ball), pain selection (powerful serves) and finished carpentry (a roll volley or dink). And we do so before we have learned to master the basics; before we know how to build the home itself.
What we end up with is a halfway built foundation, 2 knee-high walls and not even the beginning of a roof. And then we wonder why our crown molding or paint selection skills aren’t doing us any good.
If you want to learn the neat shots in pickleball, great. But before you spend your time on those shots, spend your time learning how to get the roof securely atop your pickleball home. That is how you will have lasting success and gain tremendous confidence on the courts.
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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.