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Playing Tip: Calling Lines

Playing Tip: Calling Lines-Never in Doubt             How would you like to hear your dentist say “I think that was the right tooth.” Or have your banker say “that check probably bounced.” Pickleball is by its nature a very social game, which occasionally leads to less than authoritative line calls. As a player, it’s your job to…

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Playing Tip: Jeepers Creepers

One of the first rules we usually learn is that the serving team needs to let the ball bounce before hitting their next shot. Did you also know that it’s an advantage to stay at or behind the baseline until the return of serve bounces? Some of us tend to serve and allow the momentum to…

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Playing Tip: How to Handle Bangers

Most of us have seen our share of “bangers” on the pickleball court. Bangers are those hard-hitting players who love the driving forehand shot and the big slams. Whether they picked this up from tennis or not, they rely on a long backswing and take advantage of every ball we send their way that is above…

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Playing Tip: The Two Inch Advantage

Two inches doesn’t sound like much. But, would you like your waist to be 2 inches smaller? If your hair grew 2 inches, would you need a haircut? The pickleball net is 34 inches high in the center and 36 inches high at the ends. That two-inch difference could save your shot. We already know…

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Playing Tip: The 10% Challenge

So you are in the groove, playing pretty well and syncing with your partner of the moment. Suddenly everything gets thrown off balance because one of your opponents, or maybe your new partner, is left-handed! Do you know that 10% of the U.S. population is left-handed? Left-handers might be grumpy because they face challenges every…

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Playing Tip: Stay Back After Your Serve

The goal is to get to the kitchen line (non-volley zone) as quickly as you can but don’t be in too big of a rush.  When you were a novice, you didn’t stay back after your serve, and you lost a point or two by hitting a shot before letting the return of serve bounce. Ah…

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Playing Tip: Just Cause It’s Legal

Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is smart.   You are permitted to stand in the kitchen, but doing so will only get you in trouble. When you are in the kitchen, you can’t do anything until the ball bounces. And, you become a big target for your opponents to aim the ball…

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Playing Tip: That’s what Friends are For

You always want a friend by your side. When you and your partner are together, you form a barrier that your opponents must penetrate. This is true whether at the baseline or at the kitchen line. You should try to move in unison back to front, side to side. The only time you start apart…

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Playing Tip: Let It Go

If only those high fast balls weren’t so tempting! Most of us love them, but we must learn to let them go. When you are at the kitchen line, and a ball is sailing at you shoulder high or more, it is probably going out. There is less than 15 feet of court space behind…

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Playing Tip: Run, Duck or Switch

When you are at the kitchen line, and your opponent hits a lob over your head, how do you respond? If you and your partner are side by side at the kitchen line, one of you may choose to make a run for it. It’s normally best if the fastest most mobile person attempts to retrieve the…

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3 Tips to Close Angles

Pickleball is about angles. Understanding them is key to good play.

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