#189- Avoid these 2 Baseline Traps PLUS Hybrid Pickleball is Amazing
#189- Avoid these 2 Baseline Traps PLUS Hybrid Pickleball is Amazing

There’s a baseline appropriate for us based on where we are right now. Why? Because the baseline is supposed to keep us in reality. It’s meant to ground us in the modality of our situation. A baseline is like a snapshot of your performance. You can, ofcourse, improve in the future and move your baseline…

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#191- Is the Soft Game Dead? Understanding Strategy is Key to a Clear Mind

Is everything fast and hard? This week we turn towards a strategy concept to understand – is the soft game dead? It’s something I’ve been working on recently because this question is frequently asked. The soft game is alive and is being used by those who know how to use it well, to win a…

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#1515- Pickleball Ratings? – We Sit Down with UTR Sports’ CEO Mark Leschly to discuss

We had an opportunity to sit down with Mark Lashley, the CEO of UTR Sports. They have been in the ratings game for a long time & in this episode he explains why ratings and rankings matter. A rating and a ranking creates level-based play so no matter what level you’re at, it’s fun to…

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#192- You need the Erne in your life ... right? - PLUS 250,000 downloads thanks to you
#192- You need the Erne in your life … right? – PLUS 250,000 downloads thanks to you

The journey to be a more, well-rounded player can be faced with distractions that pull you in different directions, that are not as productive as others, the erne being a good example. When you watch the erne in action in pro matches, you’ll find that the erne is of very limited strategic value. The erne…

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#193- The PPA, Hardwiring, and Finger on the Paddle
#193- The PPA, Hardwiring, and Finger on the Paddle

In this triple episode we address three different areas; things in the PPA that merits some conversation, hard wiring concept and, in the RIFF, we talk about putting your finger on the paddle. 1. On the PPA experience, I was watching two matches and I observed how flaws in the mental game spill over into…

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#193- The PPA, Hardwiring, and Finger on the Paddle
#1516- The Pickleball Mindset – Our Review

I had a chance to read this new book on the market, The Pickleball Mindset, that’s written by my fellow senior professional, pickleball player, Dayne Gingrich, and his co-author, Jill Martin. One really powerful concept that Dayne and Jill address is to stop “chasing the win” and find your purpose. If you listen to this…

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#194- Is Losing 3-11 Not Fun for You? It Might Be - Depending on How You Look at It
#194- Is Losing 3-11 Not Fun for You? It Might Be – Depending on How You Look at It

You just got done playing 6 games, never scoring more than 3 points in a game. Is it less fun? Let’s talk about it. Oftentimes when we are thinking through arguably negative situations, like not scoring more than 3 points in a game for 6 games in a row, the negativity stems not from the…

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#195- Are you happy playing pickleball? PLUS Self 1 and Self 2

I was reminded of an important concept speaking to one of our team members who is a volleyball player converted to pickleball. The conversation went something like this (group setting): Me: “Hard to lob Emily as she can get up in the air.” Emily:  “Yeah and I even like to jump when I do not have…

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2024 Best Pickleball Camps 

A pickleball training camp is in your future, but you are not sure which one? Read on. Choosing the right pickleball camp can make a significant difference in your overall experience and skill development. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which camp will best suit your needs. Pickleheads, the premier…

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#196- Set the Right Partner Expectation or Else PLUS Lesson from the French Open

We are friends. Playing a pickleball game. One of us will win and one of us will lose. That is just the way of things. Imagine a world where you went into the game like this: 1. I know that no matter what, either my team or my friends opposite me on the court will…

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#197- More Important Than Your Third Shot Drop – You Heard it Here First!

To be a complete pickleball player you need a third shot drop. Seems simple enough but, as with many things in life, once you scratch at it a little you find out that it is not quite that simple. Before players start losing their mind reading the next words, let me make this one thing…

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#198- Get that Advice Outta Here – how to deal with unsolicited pickleball tips

We all get advice – YouTube, friendly local player, partner. What do we do with it? Step 1: Remember that you have agency over your pickleball journey. This means that you get to decide whether to take the tip or say “get that outta here” (note – you can say it in your mind). Here’s…

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#199- What Do you REALLY Need to Play Awesome Pickleball? PLUS PickleWordle

I recently got into the Wordle craze (a bit late I know). Got me to thinking though – why do we like games like Wordle, Crosswords, Sudoku, etc.? And does this same thought process apply to pickleball? Start here: why do we play a game like Wordle? Is it because of the game’s solution? The…

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Non Volley Zone Attack Strategies with Jose Derisi

Offensive Strategy Elevate Your Game with Precision, Power, and Deception Are your Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) strategies falling flat?  A great NVZ strategy is not just about hard attacks; it’s about creating smart, deceptive shots that give you the edge. Welcome to “Non-Volley Zone Attack Strategies” taught by none other than José Derisi. As a top…

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Navigating the Transition Zone with Dylan Frazier

Mastering the Middle From Baseline to NVZ – Cutting Edge Pro Strategies Ready to change your performance in ‘No Man’s Land‘ with guidance from THE Best player in the game? In this class, “Navigating the Transition Zone,” #1 ranked pro pickleball player Dylan Frazier reveals the cutting-edge strategies and nuanced tactics of the modern game.  This…

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