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By: CJ Johnson | July 17, 2018 |

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 you. If you let it go, your team will win the rally. If you hit it anyway, there is a chance you will miss the shot. Even if you make a good shot, you have simply given your opponents another chance to extend the rally.

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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)