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Top 3 Skills for 4.0+

Want to play 4.0+ pickleball? First things first. You absolutely need these 3 pickleball shots in your arsenal.

All three of these shots are achievable by any level pickleball player with some work and practice, but they are an absolute if you want to play solid 4.0 pickleball.

0:00 Introduction

0:25 You want a deep punch volley

2:23 You want an effective third shot drop

3:51 You want effective dinks – first, a defensive dink

4:35 Next add the aggressive “aggro” dink

5:35 You do not need this skill to be an awesome 4.0 player


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CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)


  1. Avatar photo Edduardo on November 6, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Muchas Gracias, muy buena información. Y definitivamente se necesita entrenar

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on November 7, 2022 at 1:26 am

      da nada Edduardo

  2. Avatar photo James on November 6, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Great Tips…Thanks….to be a 4.0 player is just like you say…it is not only having the shots but think constructively…

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on November 7, 2022 at 1:24 am

      Glad you found them valuable James

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