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CJ Johnson
Tony Roig
Tony Roig

Maximize Your Work and Avoid Time Wastes

None of us has unlimited time in our days, and certainly not unlimited time to work on our pickleball games. If we want to play our best pickleball, we must prioritize the areas of our game that are most important; those that will give us the biggest bang for our buck.

For example, the third shot drop. Is it an important pickleball shot? Of course it is. But not always. For many players, the third shot drop is unnecessary – for now. Let’s say you are missing punch volleys into the net or wide or you play against bangers but do not know how to let out balls go. In either of these cases, the third shot drop should not even be on your list of shots to improve. Probably not even Top 10.

If you are in this large group of players where the third shot drop is not Top 10 then whatever time you are working on the third shot drop is not being used for its best purpose. You are better off identifying the areas that will give you the greatest advantage and working on those.

Check out Episode 103 of Pickleball Therapy – the Podcast dedicated to Your Pickleball Improvement – to learn more about prioritizing your game. You will also get Tony’s Top 5 things he would NOT do now that he is a pickleball professional.

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.


  1. Avatar photo steve scott on September 11, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I use it occasionally to change up my serve other than that not much

  2. Avatar photo Harry Jamerson on September 11, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Great info. Thanks, Harry

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on September 12, 2022 at 3:03 am

      You’re welcome!

  3. Avatar photo Elisabeth Norman on September 12, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Hey Tony,
    Just listened to the podcast and this exact thing happened to me. A player told me that in order to up my game to the next level I had to add spin. I reflectedon the game we just won and decided that my objective was to improve my ball placement and I felt like I accomplished that goal very well. Feeling confused and overthinking what he said, your podcast just reinforced that I was on the right path for my game. I can spin later on down the line if I want, but for now, my game is doing just fine without the added spin.
    Thanks again for the podcast, perfect timing.
    Elisabeth Norman

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