By: CJ Johnson | November 13, 2017 |

Pickleball Playing Tip-Different Place & Different Pace

Playing Tip: Different Place, Different Pace


What’s the best thing about being unpredictable? You keep the other guys off guard.

Take advantage of every opportunity you find to change your target. Hitting several shots in a row to the opponent directly across from you turns his partner into a spectator, one likely to relax his attention. So a sudden a different place, hitting at the spectator is a high percentage shot. Keep in mind that hitting a change of direction is also a difficult shot to execute. Plan Wisely!

Same with a change of pace. Follow several hard hits with a different pace, a soft shot. This is more difficult to do but when you can master it, you will become the master. Turning a soft shot into a screamer is easier as long as you wait for the right opportunity – a dink that comes to you ABOVE the net.

Extra playing tip-You know what the dink shot is but do you know why you hit it?

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CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)