You can BREAK the X - but do it when it makes sense from a strategy standpoint
By: Tony Roig | May 4, 2024 |

You can BREAK the X – but do it when it makes sense from a strategy standpoint

Respect the X is one of the most powerful pickleball concepts you can apply to your game.It resolves the most common source for partner error: the middle of the court.

As long as you Respect the X, you are going to be in good shape.

But, as with many rules, there are times to break it – as long as you know why you are doing it.

In this video I share with you 3 times when you can Break the X and look over to your partner and say “I know what I am doing” :).

The first one of those situations is covering the middle. Middle errors are really common on the courts and covering the middle is a perfectly good reason to break the X in some situation.

If you do not know what the X is all about, you are missing a powerful part of your game. Check out the link below.

0:00 Demonstrations of the X and when it can be broken

0:37 Introduction to Respect the X and the concept of Breaking that X

2:01 Breaking the X – No. 1 – Covering the Middle

3:26 Breaking the X – No. 2 – Poaching

6:08 Breaking the X – No. 3 – When Necessary

Links Mentioned in the Video

Reduce Unforced Errors And Win More Games

Check out our playlist to learn all about Respect the X

Learn how to avoid missing middle dinks in pickleball doubles – how the pros do it

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.