By: CJ Johnson | December 11, 2017 |

Playing Tip: Recognizing Defense v. Offense

Attack Or Defence Directions On A Metal Signpost

Defence British spelling of Defense. They both mean the same thing!

At times your team will be put on the defense during play. At other times you can play offensively.

Knowing the difference helps you avoid low percentage shots. We all know by now that partners together at the kitchen line form the strongest offensive team.

However, you may have trouble getting to the kitchen because the opponents are drilling hard deep shots at you. You are completely defensive at this point. Your only goal is to keep the ball in play while looking for an opening to move forward.  When you are on the defense it is not a time to attempt winning shots. Stop trying to hit winners and short angles when you are not in a position to do so. It’s a low percentage shot.

This is a great example of playing both offense and defense in the same point. Make sure to watch the slow-mo and listen to Alex’s commentary.

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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)