Solve the Middle - Pickleball Strategy includes knowing WHEN to use it
By: Tony Roig | July 6, 2024 |

Solve the Middle – Pickleball Strategy includes knowing WHEN to use it

Stop getting beat down the middle. Respect the X will get the job done.

Respect the X is a tremendously powerful concept that if you understand it and start applying it, it will solve a lot of the problems when you’re playing doubles.

It deals with a part of the court that creates a lot of tension among pickleball players trying to figure out who’s supposed to take a particular shot.

BUT … apply RTX to when you are receiving the shots – not when you are originating them.

Watch the full video as I show you when not to use respect the X or when respect the X doesn’t apply.

0:00 Introduction to the Respect the X problem

0:38 When to use RTX

1:47 Example of a proper use of RTX

2:35 Which player hits the third shot

3:34 The error/misunderstanding of applying RTX

5:33 When to use Respect the X 

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.