Top 10 Tips for Pickleball Players
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, it’s always good to brush up on some knowledge and listen to some tips from Pickleball Pros - and we got 10 of ‘em ready and waiting.
These tips will give you the edge you need to strategically play with confidence and dominate the court.
Grab your paddle and let's get right to it.
Tips Covered in This Guide
1. Master the Dink Shot
The dink shot is like the gentle art of persuasion in pickleball. It's all about finesse, control, and driving your opponents crazy.
Keep your strokes short and sweet, and aim for precision rather than power. Remember, a well-placed dink is worth its weight in gold.
2. Embrace the Kitchen
The kitchen, also known as the non-volley zone, is your friend. Don't be afraid to get cozy in this no-smash zone.
By staying close to the net, you'll be in the perfect position to volley those shots and keep your opponents on their toes. Just be careful not to step into the kitchen if you’re hitting a volley and you’ll be fine.
3. Mind Your Feet (And Your Ankles)
Pickleball is not a game for high heels or ankle-twisting stilettos. Wear shoes that offer good support and traction.
Trust me, you don't want to be sliding all over the court like a Chinstrap Penguin. Save that for the post-game celebrations.
4. Be a Shadow, Not a Statue
You might think you're a statue, but your opponents definitely don't want to play against one. Stay light on your feet, be ready to move, and anticipate your opponent's shots.
If you can predict where the ball is going before it even gets there, you'll have the upper hand. It's like having psychic powers, but without the crystal ball.
5. Communication is Key
If you and your partner are not on the same page, it's like playing a duet with different sheet music. Talk, shout, holler, or use secret hand signals (just don't confuse them with gang signs).
Make sure you're both aware of each other's positions and intentions. Remember, pickleball is a team sport, so be the peanut butter to your partner's jelly.
6. Use the Lob Sparingly
The lob is like the Hail Mary pass of pickleball. It's a high-risk, high-reward shot that can catch your opponents off guard.
But beware; if your lob doesn't have enough height or depth, you'll be running like a headless chicken trying to catch those shots sailing over your head. So, use the lob sparingly and wisely, or invest in a jetpack.
7. Keep Calm and Third Shot Drop On
The third shot drop is a game-changer. It's the equivalent of dropping a mic and walking away like a boss.
Master this shot by hitting the ball softly and dropping it just over the net. Your opponents will be left scratching their heads, wondering how you turned the game around in one shot.
8. Embrace the Scream
When you're about to smash the ball like a superhero, let out a battle cry that would make Braveheart proud. It not only intimidates your opponents but also adds a touch of dramatic flair to your game.
Just make sure you don't scare any small children nearby.
9. Mind the Gaps (And the People in Them)
Remember the golden rule of pickleball: Aim for the gaps, not the people. Nobody likes getting hit with a pickleball at full speed (unless they're secretly masochistic). Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
If you do accidentally hit someone, apologize profusely and buy them a pickle-flavored ice cream. It's the least you can do.
10. Practice, Practice, and... You Guessed It, Practice
The key to becoming a pickleball superstar is practice. Keep honing your skills, play with different partners, and challenge yourself.
Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was a pickleball champion. So keep practicing, keep learning, and keep dominating that court!