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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…
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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…
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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…
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Pickleball Rule Review: A “Standing” Rule
There is only one rule that requires you to stand in a certain place during pickleball: when you are serving at the time the ball is struck, you must stand…
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Playing Tip: Stay in the Moment
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.…
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Rules Review: Too Excited in Pickleball?
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…
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Pickleball Playing Tips
Playing Tip: Stay Back After Your Serve
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…
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Playing Tip: How to Handle Bangers
Most of us have seen our share of “bangers” on the pickleball court. Bangers are those hard-hitting players who love the driving forehand shot and the big slams. Whether they picked…
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Playing Tip: The 10% Challenge
So you are in the groove, playing pretty well and syncing with your partner of the moment. Suddenly everything gets thrown off balance because one of your opponents, or maybe…
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Playing Tip: The Two Inch Advantage
Two inches doesn’t sound like much. But, would you like your waist to be 2 inches smaller? If your hair grew 2 inches, would you need a haircut? The pickleball…
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Rule Review: What’s the Limit?
Everything has a limit, right? Well maybe…..but knowing the speed limit will certainly help you stay out of trouble. What about pickleball limits? Here are a few questions to test…
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Playing Tip: Jeepers Creepers
One of the first rules we usually learn is that the serving team needs to let the ball bounce before hitting their next shot. Did you also know that it’s…
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Playing Tip: Run, Duck or Switch
When you are at the kitchen line, and your opponent hits a lob over your head, how do you respond? If you and your partner are side by side at the…
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Rule Review: Foot Faults
We are very aware of the kitchen line and watch for feet crossing it while volleying. We should be paying the same attention to foot faults during serving. You don’t…
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Pickleball Playing Tips
Playing Tip: Recognizing Defense v. Offense
At times your team will be put on the defense during play. At other times you can play offensively. Knowing the difference helps you avoid low percentage shots. We all…