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In this post, we’re going to talk about 25 simple pickleball tips for beginners. These pickleball tips are designed to be elementary and basic for a reason. Our goal is to help someone who is a new player, get more enjoyment out of the game. If you can make small improvements from your first session to your second and your second to your third, you're more likely to come back for a 4th and 5th time. If you’re not getting better, even slightly, the game will lose its appeal quickly. We don't want that to happen. These 25 pickleball tips for beginners will enable you to make tangible progress and allow you to continue to enjoy the game as you get better!
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One of the most common mistakes made by new players is an overuse of power. It's easy to feel as if you're standing on a large ping pong table or an extra small tennis court. It can give you a false sense of control and make you think you're the Incredible Hulk. You're not, and even if you were, pickleball is not a game where you can overpower your opponent day in and day out. New pickleball players may have a hard time realizing this fact. The sooner you realize that the strongest players are not necessarily the best players, you'll begin to see the light. I can tell you first hand that the first time I played, I saw very quickly that younger players who used power, were not the best players. The best players were typically twice my age and had a level of control I just couldn't match...at least early on.
Before we get into our basic tips, if you're really interested in improving your game and are looking for a course to take; I recommend the folks at QuickPickle. It's not a free course but, it's a video based course designed for new players. The courses are taught by real 5.0 level pros to help everyday players like you and me get better at serving or volleying at the net. I love it because you can comeback to the course anytime you want!
Here are our simple pickleball tips for beginners to help you get more enjoyment out of your first few times playing.
We hope you enjoyed our 25 Simple Picklball Tips for Beginners! For more pickleball tips from us, click here!
For more info on helpful pickleball tips, check out the USAPA's site here. You'll also find a lot of helpful info at pickleball pro Gale Leach's blog. These are two great resources to explore pickleball tips for beginners!
For our complete list of the best pickleball paddles for beginners, click here!
If you're new to the sport and would like some help on improving your game, please leave a comment in the comments section below! We'd love to hear from you!