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Tony Roig
Tony Roig

Subdue the Pickleball Bangers with these 3 Steps | You can do this

Tired of pickleball bangers banging balls at you every time you step out onto the court? In this video, we teach you a 3-step process for dealing with balls banged at you. You will gain tremendous confidence on the court by learning the techniques in this video. Don’t be the bang victim any longer.

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.


  1. Avatar photo Margaret Ralph on October 1, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    I love the constant strategy needed!
    I love the physical quickness with the hands and feet and I love the soft dink game!

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on October 1, 2022 at 10:45 pm

      Me too Margaret!

  2. Avatar photo Kathy C on October 1, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Love it!! It makes me think when I’m on the court! Can’t wait to try these technics as soon as I can

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on October 2, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Kathy.

  3. Avatar photo Marcia Myers on October 2, 2022 at 12:03 am

    I have a very hard time returning an overhead banger that does land inside the court. Any tips?

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on October 2, 2022 at 5:30 pm

      That’s one of the hardest shots in pickleball to return. One that’s hit at a downward angle at your feet. Avoiding that position in the first place is the best strategy. However there are times when you will be in a defensive position, and unfortunately, the answer as to what to do is it depends. Since you are typically on the serve side when that happens there are a lot of variables. That said the first thing I’d check is positioning. Have you moved too far into the court on a shot that was attackable? Did you split step and get ready for the overhead? Is your paddle low with a relaxed wrist?

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