By: Tony Roig | October 30, 2019 |

The Out Balls Decision Tree

Letting out balls go is a surefire way to improve your pickleball game.  You can also look at it in the inverse: hitting out balls is a pickleball error.

Out ball recognition and avoidance is a skill that a 2.0 player can learn as well as any 5.0 player.  The key is understanding the percentages of shots from different parts of the court.  And also understanding the percentages of your likely results from hitting the balls.

You can watch this video (it is dull but totally worth it if you are serious about getting better).

And you can download the paper file – study it, it is important.

Spend time on this part of your game and you will happily let out balls sail by.


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.