Top 10 Matches – Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you happy holidays and pickleball joy!

Top 10 Most Popular Matches on Pickleball Channel

With over 860,000 views, check out the TOP TEN Most Popular Matches on Pickleball Channel. We’re counting down these matches that span multiple years, multiple tournaments and multiple players. These matches are the best of the best and include top players such as Jardim, Yates, Dawson, Weinbach, Moore, Gabrielsen, Ansboury and Rozpedski just to name a few! Binge watch your favorite pickleball players this holiday weekend, and enjoy the incredible athleticism of the sport of pickleball!

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NUMBER 10:  Intense 4-Game Gold Medal Match at Grand Canyon State Games 2018

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Coming in at Number 10 in our countdown, check out this most recent Pickleball Channel release. It’s a spectacular display of women’s pickleball! Check out Stephanie Lane and Vivian Edwards as they take on Cammy MacGregor and Jennifer Dawson in the Women’s 5.0 Skill Doubles 50+ Gold Medal Match at Grand Canyon State Games. This match-up went to three games plus a FOURTH tie-breaker game that showcased these four amazing pickleball players. The score is tied up multiple times, and neither team is willing to give up. Their stamina and skill makes this game one to watch.

NUMBER 9Open Men’s Singles Gold from USAPA Nationals VII

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This match from the 2015 USAPA Nationals was so popular, that it is still hitting the top ten list all these years later!  This impressive Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match was a spectacular nail biter. Pickleball Channel was able to step in and record this amazing match after a rain delay caused some scheduling complications. Marcin Rozpedski and Daniel Moore compete in this intense back and forth match which took three games to hammer out! You won’t want to miss who comes out on top after battling it out with fast moves, strategic shots and massive comebacks!

NUMBER 8Pro Women’s Doubles Gold from the 2016 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships – CBS Sports Network

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Pickleball Channel has been pleased to partner with the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships and CBS Sports Network to bring you some great Pro Gold Medal Matches over the years, several of which have hit our top ten list! Coming in at Number 8 is this great Pro  Women’s Doubles Gold Medal match. Watch Christine McGrath & Sarah Ansboury face off against Laura Fenton Kovanda & Corrine Carr.  Truly some great pickleball gameplay, strategy and competition. See some of the best pickleball play in the world.

NUMBER 7: Pro Men’s Doubles Gold from the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships – CBS Sports Network

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The Pro Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships is number 7 on our top ten list. This is some great pickleball, and you can enjoy it with commentary from Dave Benz, Melissa McCurley and Brian Staub as well as an interview with the winners. Defending champions Dave Weinbach and Kyle Yates take on Rafael Siebenschein and Matt Wright in this high energy, explosive match. These guys don’t give up, and they fight until the very end for the gold medal.

NUMBER 6Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships

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You won’t know who’s going to win until the bitter end! This match will keep you guessing the whole way through! It’s a tough battle for gold as Gigi LeMaster and Irina Tereschenko take on Christine McGrath and Sarah Ansboury in the 30+ Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the 2017 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships held in Naples, FL. The score is not always close, but both teams find themselves equally on the defense at some point until finally ending in a 3rd game where they pull out all the stops!

NUMBER 5Pro Women’s Doubles Gold From the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships – CBS Sports Network

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This was a pivotal match in the quest for the 2017 Triple Crown!  Irina Tereschenko and Lucy Kovalova partner up to take on Corinne Carr and Simone Jardim in the Pro Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships. And it’s not only a gold medal that hangs in the balance. Having already won the Pro Singles and Pro Mixed Doubles matches, Simone must pull out this win to get the Triple Crown. She sure has her work cut out for her with such strong opponents! This is some great pickleball, and you can enjoy it with commentary from Dave Benz, Melissa McCurley and Brian Staub as well as an interview with the winners.

NUMBER 4: Pro Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match from the 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

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Talk about hustle! Coming in at number 4, check out Kyle Yates and Marcin Rozpedski as they duke it out for gold in the Pro Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match at the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships. These guys are all over the court! The first two games are only won by 2 points each, pushing them into a third game that is intense. Don’t miss this one.

NUMBER 3Impressive Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the 2015 Grand Canyon State Games

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Here’s another blast from the past! This popular video showcases a very exciting game from the 2015 Grand Canyon State Games. Justin Rodgers & Dave Weinbach take on Steve Wong & Aspen Kern for the gold medal title in the 5.0 Men’s Doubles category. When you watch it, you can witness for yourself the athleticism and speed that is required to win gold in pickleball!

NUMBER 25.0 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match from the 2017 Grand Canyon State Games

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Two Women’s Doubles partners and Two Men’s Doubles partners shake it all up and play AGAINST one other. Who will win? Well, this match from Grand Canyon State Games goes to three games, and it’s a surprising roller coaster as the two teams battle it out. Check out the fireworks as Sarah Ansboury and Dave Weinbach play against their usual doubles partners Christine McGrath and Kyle Yates in the 19+ 5.0 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match from the 2017 Grand Canyon State Games.

NUMBER 1Pro Men’s Doubles Gold from the 2016 US Open Pickleball Championships – CBS Sports Network

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This is our most watched Pickleball Channel match of all time! With over 188,000 views, this first ever PRO Men’s Doubles Gold Medal Match from the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships is one for the history books!  Dave Weinbach & Kyle Yates compete against Wes Gabrielsen & Daniel Moore in this exciting match that aired on CBS Sports Network. Watch some of the best players in the world play some amazing pickleball.

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!

Hitting Deep to Dominate

Hit Deep

From Pickleball Channel

This tip is almost so simple it’s too good to be true! A lot of times, winning a point rests mostly on our shoulders, but this is one strategy you can take advantage of even if you’re not the most skilled player. Watch this quick and practical tip from the Executive Producer of Pickleball Channel, Rusty Howes. Rusty’s quick tip can give you the competitive edge to dominate on the court, and the best part is that it’s an easier shot than you think!  Watch this quick tip and keep your opponent on the defensive!

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