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If you want to become a Pickleball expert, you will have learn and implement some pickleball tips and strategies first. Tips, like how to move your feet, when to to attack the net, and proper paddle grip (continental grip) help improve your fundamentals. Strategies will help you with decisions like: where to hit the ball, when to hit it hard, when to hit it soft, and shot selection. Let's break it down.
First off, Pickleball is played on a 20 x 44 badminton sized court with paddles that are smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. These paddles are used to serve the ball diagonally, starting from the right-hand side. Points can only be scored by the side that initiates the serve.
Players on each side must allow the ball to bounce at least once before volleys are allowed. Players must be aware of the seven-foot no volley zone placed each side of the net to prevent spiking. The server must continue to serve, alternating service courts until he/she faults. The first team that manages to score 11 points and lead by at least 2 points wins the game. The sport can be played with singles or doubles.
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If you want to become a pro, you need to find somebody to practice with. To become a good player, you must improve your footwork. Learn to split step, cross step and split side with a good pair of court shoes. Good footwork makes it easy for players to adopt better balance and take better shots. It is important you brush up on the rules and ensure all your serves are legal.
There are many clips on the internet that can walk you through basic pickleball tips and strategies. Below is one of those vides. Joe Baker takes us through basic strategies for doubles and does it in a way that is perfect for newcomers. We recommend watching the whole thing.
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Video Source: Joe Baker
There are also many video clips on the internet that will provide you a good explanation of the rules. You are likely to be called for violations when you are practicing with an advanced player, hence don't argue and simply try to focus on winning the game.
Pickleball is an inexpensive sport to play which is why we recommend you invest in a pair of pickleball shoes. Ditch running shoes and opt for cross trainers, tennis shoes and court shoes instead as they allow better side-to-side movements and jumping.
Avoid wearing ordinary running shoes and sneakers:
it may result in ankle injuries due to the heel being elevated. Without proper side ankle support, you run the risk of twisting your ankle badly.
Do not overplay your current physical position. If you are too tired, it is best you walk out. Playing ‘just one more game’ can strain your arms, causing an injury. Additionally, invest in a lighter paddle if you suffer from arthritis.
It is imperative you wear something comfortable that allows you to move easily. If your playing outside on a sunny day, it is best you opt for light colored clothes that allow your body to breathe.
Nike Dri Fit is a great fitness brand to check out for keeping cool. Also look into headbands, hats and visors, whatever works best for you. If you are playing out in the sun, do not forget to wear sunscreen.
Instead of arguing with your opponent, it is imperative you familiarize yourself with the basic rules. A fault is committed when:
Here are a few tips you should keep in mind if you are new to the game and want to drastically improve your performance:
Similar to any other sport, mastering pickleball takes practice. Find somebody to practice with and learn all the basic pickleball tips and strategies. Abide by the rules as best as you can and encourage others to do so as well.
If you are having trouble finding someone to practice your best shots with, invest in a pickleball tutor machine if you want to play the sport at a competitive level. Good luck!