This Month's Tip from the Top!
Some Simple Thoughts About One's Strategic Approach to the Game of Pickleball
Trying to play the game like the premier players doesn't have to be a dream!!
If you are looking for what the potential of your PickleBall play could look like, look no further than this fantastic video. While we may never play at this level we can certainly pick out points that will improve our game.
Look at how the players work together as a team going left and right as dinking occurs.
Watch the players move up and back as the tempo of the game determines where they are best positioned to return a soft or hard shot.
See the players reset the point after a hard game starts and they would like to control the speed of the game as they now start to soften the shot and move to the strategic dinking part of the game.
Great play, great fun, good competition, excellent exercise and fun to dream about how we can take our game to the next level!
You can only score a point if you "get your serve in & make sure it is legal!"
It is obvious to say that it is important to get your serve in and that you can only get points when you are serving. Did you ever count the number of service aces you delivered in a game compared to the number of serves hit into the net or out of bounds when trying to get that ace? I'll wager a bet that most of us hit more service errors than aces--so what is the fascination of hitting that powerful service that gains you no advantage except may tire your arm out from hitting so hard ?
In addition to trying to hit that ace, has anyone complained to you that your "serve is illegal?" Remember, there are three components to delivering a legal serve:
Pickleball like it is intended to be played!!
To play like the pro's we need to develop and master all of the shots that the pro's use in their game. The video below demonstrates just about every shot you can image would happen in a game of pickleball and here it is in just one point!!
Watch the point played out several times, listen to the analysis of the point and then go back and watch how each point played into the team's strategy to ultimately win the point. Were there risky shots, were there unforced errors, were there opportunities to put the point away but decision made to either set up a better shot or have the opponent make the first error, were the team players hinged at the hip as the ball moved up & back, left & right and did each team demonstrate great skills leading to a point that had to fun to be a part of whether you won or lost it!!
I trust that most of us would believe that this is truly pickleball, the way that it is intended to be played rather than serve, return it fast and then smash it into the net!!