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Misc.
Teaching Pickleball and Advice Giving-A Look Through the Eyes of a Contrarian
One of the things that makes teaching pickleball so much fun is there are always exceptions to the rule. It also makes receiving pickleball advice confusing.   In addition to…
3rd Shot Drops
Three Strikes-No, Not Baseball, It’s a Pickleball Drop Shot Drill
Would a better drop shot improve your pickleball game? For most of us, the answer is a definite YES! The good news is you can develop one. The bad news…
Pickleball Playing Tips
Playing Tip: Pickleball Language Primer
A game as fast as pickleball requires an abbreviated pickleball language to communicate. One of the first phrases of pickleball language new players learn is the “non-volley zone,” the first…
Lobs/Overheads
Pickleball Offensive Lob-You Need to Hit this Shot
A pickleball offensive lob is a great strategy to throw your opponents off and win a few extra points. In last weeks post, I answered a question I’m often asked,…
Misc.
What 56 FEET of Snow this Past Winter Taught Me About Pickleball
As you can see in my Youtube Video’s, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to play pickleball. What you don’t see in those videos is what happens the other six…
Pickleball rules
Rule Review: On the Clock
The clock matters only a couple times in pickleball.  The entire score must be called before the server begins his or her service motion. When all players are in place, and…
Pickleball rules
Rule Review: That’s Handy
Perhaps unique to pickleball, a ball can be hit twice, bounced on your paddle, or “carried,” as long as this occurs during a continuous motion in a single direction.   The ball…
Gear
Playing Tip: Get a Grip on Pickleball Paddle Care
Taking care of your Pickleball Paddle is going to make it last longer and perform better. Paddles collect particles and body oils just as your sunglasses do. Grips get slippery…
Pickleball rules
Rule Review: Still The Most Misunderstood Rule In Pickleball
During a recent referee training, I asked Mark Peifer, to shoot a rules video. It didn’t take him long to pick a topic, rule 6.D.12.   As a certified referee who…
Pickleball rules
Rule Review: Why All The Different Pickleballs?
Every player seems to have a preferred ball. While there are some differences, according to the rules there are a few things that all pickleballs have in common. You may think it’s…
Pickleball Playing Tips
Playing Tip: That’s what Friends are For
You always want a friend by your side. When you and your partner are together, you form a barrier that your opponents must penetrate. This is true whether at the…
Pickleball rules
Rules Review: Above the Net
Sometimes it’s okay to reach over the net; sometimes not so much.  Here’s the difference. You may not cross the plane of the net with your arm or paddle before…
Pickleball Playing Tips
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…
Pickleball rules
Rules Review: Don’t Stop Playing Before a Legitimate Call
A ball is not out of bounds until it actually lands outside of the court.   If a player yells “out” before the ball hits the ground, that “noise” is…
Pickleball Playing Tips
Playing Tip: Just Cause It’s Legal
Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is smart.   You are permitted to stand in the kitchen, but doing so will only get you in trouble. When you…