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Tony Roig
Tony Roig

Use THE CLOCK technique to avoid this common pickleball error

Learn this technique and avoid the net. Avoiding the net will reduce your Pickleball errors and you will win more rallies (and, with that, more games).

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.


  1. Avatar photo Jeanne on September 22, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Good advice. I often want to smash but angle is wrong.

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on September 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Jeanne.

  2. Avatar photo Joe Judge on September 22, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Love all your videos

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on September 22, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      Glad you’ve found them helpful Joe

    • Avatar photo Lori Denike on November 7, 2022 at 1:25 am

      Great Tip!

      • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on November 8, 2022 at 6:46 pm

        Glad it helped Lori

  3. Avatar photo William on September 27, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    So I should push the ball in a slightly upper contact.

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on September 27, 2022 at 6:07 pm

      Essentially yes. Personally I feel a push on the backhand and a lift on the forehand.

  4. Avatar photo Elizabeth Pelletier on October 2, 2022 at 3:07 am

    I thank you for providing a simple and logical way for my approach for the net return.

    • Avatar photo CJ Johnson on October 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Elizabeth.

  5. Avatar photo Jill on October 3, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Makes perfect sense! Now to put it to the test tomorrow 👍

  6. Avatar photo Stefani Finkelstein on March 15, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Great help, can’t wait to try

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