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Improve Your Accuracy

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Improve Your Accuracy – Something Most Players Don’t Do
Our tip for you today seems so obvious and simple that it almost seems silly. But after talking to multiple pickleball pros and coaches, this skill is one that still needs to be acquired by a lot of players.  Watch this quick tip today from Rusty Howes, the Executive Producer of Pickleball Channel, to learn how to make your shot more accurate by choosing to aim the ball.  This skill can help you stop being a reactive player, play more strategically, and start to win more points with better shots. Anyone can do this, from beginners all the way to the pros, and it will help you to improve your accuracy.
Don’t just play reactively, play strategically. Many players hit reactively and often don’t engage their mind and try to hit the ball to a specific spot on the court. But you’ll never improve your accuracy if you don’t actually try to hit with strategy. If you decide where to hit the ball in advance, you’ll know if you missed your shot or not. Then you can adjust your shots as needed to improve your accuracy and be more strategic.
The return of serve is a great time to practice this because your opponent is usually back, there’s more court available to hit the ball, and they have to wait for the ball to bounce anyway. For example, you might decide to hit the ball deep in the corner to your opponent’s backhand. If the ball lands short, don’t beat yourself up about it. Look at it as an opportunity! You now have the chance to adjust your stroke to try to develop more accuracy. When you hit the ball again, adjust your placement and hopefully you will get closer to your desired target.
In general, when you practice, try to re-shape your thinking so that you practice with a purpose. Every missed hit or lost point can be a learning experience. And every serve or return can be an opportunity to work on your shot and develop accuracy.
Pickleball is a game of placement, and with more accurate shots, you’re going to win more games.  Make your next game the stepping stone to becoming a better player! Think and aim before you hit the ball. Now there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s go play!

3 Tips From 3 Hall of Famers

Quick Tips

Here are three quick tips from three Pickleball Hall of Fame Inductees! Earlier this week, the new inductees were added to the Pickleball Hall of Fame. These players have been integral to the game of pickleball for decades and have helped pioneer the sport into what it is today by giving of their time, serving their community and playing a lot of pickleball. Hear from new Hall of Fame inductees Fran Myer, Bob Lanius and Earl Hill as they each share a Quick Tip! All three arepractical tips which are super easy to do, and, more importantly, they can really help improve your game.

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Improve Your Dink Shot

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Dinking playlist

Every pickleball player knows that dinking is one of the fundamental building blocks of the game of pickleball. Even the Pro’s continue to drill the dink to improve their soft game. This week we’ve created a playlist of six of our best videos about the dink so that you can work on and improve this important element! Check out 3 great episodes of Pickleball 411 with instruction from top players Steve Dawson, Tom Early and Steve Paranto. Then follow that up with 3 fun Quick Tips from Dave Weinbach and Marcin Rozpedski. Improve your dink shot and start winning more games!

Dinking 101: Five Steps to a Winning DinkTake your game to the next level by mastering the soft game using the dink!  Many players love to smash the ball hard, but everyone knows top players use dinking to control the game and ultimately win.  In this episode of Pickleball 411, we are fortunate enough to hear from pickleball ambassador Tom Early from Canton, Georgia as he demonstrates five steps to a winning dink.

3 Secrets to Improve Your Dinking Strategy – Improve your dinking using these three secrets! In this episode of Pickleball 411, pickleball pro Steve Dawson shows us useful dinking skills that will bring your game to a whole new level. Steve has developed these tips over years of experience as an instructor and owner at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club. This episode is full of useful information that you can put into practice immediately!

Improve Your Dink ShotHow can you improve your dink shot? In this episode of Pickleball 411, you can learn from veteran pickleball player Steve Paranto as he explains the massive improvements you can make to your game if you use the cross-court dink shot instead of dinking straight across to your opponent.

Simple Tip the Pros Use to Stay in the Game Here’s a quick tip to keep yourself in the point! Hear from pro pickleball player Dave Weinbach as he talks about one of his favorite concepts in pickleball. It will help you with your dinking and drop shots as well.

Slow Down the Game From Anywhere on the Court – Control your game with this Pickleball Quick Tip! Hear from pro pickleball player and instructor, Marcin Rozpedski, as he gives valuable instruction on how to stay in control by slowing down the game from anywhere on the court. From the lob to the dink, Marcin lists helpful shots to use to make sure you’re the one controlling the point!

Top Three Reasons You Should Slow the Game Down – Check out this Pickleball Quick Tip as National Champion and top pickleball instructor, Marcin Rozpedski, gives 3 benefits to slowing down your game. The benefits of the dink game are tangible and can make a difference in your level of play.

Master the 3rd Shot Drop – Pickleball 411

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Master the Third Shot Drop – Pickleball 411

Everyone wants to master the third shot drop in order to play better pickleball! There are many ways to practice, but watch this video where Seymour Rifkind, President of the IPTPA, explains how he has players master this shot with progressive learning while still playing a game!  He will walk you through the step by step process to improve your third shot drop and explain the practical uses as he goes.  Watch and share today!

Non-Volley Zone Rule

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Ever heard someone disagree about a non-volley zone foot fault? Look no further! This fun video is the most complete pickleball non-volley zone rule video ever! Packed full of information, it is a one-stop shop for you to have all your questions answered and learn more about the multi-faceted non-volley zone rule in pickleball. Hear from pickleball champions Alex Hamner and Jennifer Lucore alongside our host Rusty Howes, as they break down the non-volley zone rule in its entirety as well as show some helpful real-life examples of actual NVZ faults. Reviewed by the USAPA, this video is a necessity in understanding this fun game of pickleball!

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