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Playing Tip: Stay in the Moment

By CJ Johnson / June 20, 2018 /

Good players can lose points when they become mentally distracted. The biggest enemy of your pickleball game is self-flagellation. You miss a shot and you beat yourself up about it. The best friend of your mental game is a short memory.   When I played competitive golf one of my go-to mental tactics was a…

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Rules Review: Too Excited in Pickleball?

By betterpickleball / June 13, 2018 /

When is Exuberance Illegal? In doubles play, it is important to communicate with your partner. You might call shots, yell warnings about balls that are likely out, call your partner to switch positions, or warn your partner when you see a ball with spin coming his way. All of that is generally okay. But, yelling…

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Playing Tip: Stay Back After Your Serve

By CJ Johnson / March 13, 2018 /

The goal is to get to the kitchen line (non-volley zone) as quickly as you can but don’t be in too big of a rush.  When you were a novice, you didn’t stay back after your serve, and you lost a point or two by hitting a shot before letting the return of serve bounce. Ah…

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Pickleball Rules-Is an Erne Legal

By betterpickleball / August 24, 2017 /

Do you know that you are allowed to stand anywhere on or off the court at any time during play? The only exception is when you are serving. You must stand behind the baseline and between an imaginary extension of the center line and the side line. You are not allowed to move so far…

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Eye Protection for Sports

By CJ Johnson / August 24, 2017 /

In 1984, while playing a casual round of golf, I heard someone yell my name, and I turned. Even though that injury occurred more than 30 years ago, I can still hear the sound of the golf ball shattering my prescription glasses into my right eye. To say that I am lucky to be able to see…

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17 Pickleball Lessons and Life Hacks from Golf

By CJ Johnson / July 28, 2017 /

What can a golf tournament teach us about pickleball, and how to live a better life on and off the courts? If it was Jordan Spieth’s Open Championship win, the answer is a lot! Last weekend was not a run of the mill golf tournament, and it’s now evident, Jordan Spieth, the eventual winner, is…

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What Is a Fitness Assessment and Why Does it Matter?

By CJ Johnson / March 27, 2017 /

If you are 45 or older, you likely remember the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Tests. Created by President Kennedy in 1963, it was all the rage through the ’60s and ’70s. You were asked to run, sit up, and broad jump your way to an award.  The flexed arm hang got me to fall…

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