Pickleball Singles: Why Play?In addition to being a pretty good cardio workout, playing singles allows me to work on my ground strokes. Primarily I am concentrating on depth and control. In singles, you often times don’t hit to the middle of the court, instead, you aim closer to the sidelines so you can keep your opponent on the move. To hit effective, deep, groundstrokes you really need to work on your weight transfer.
If you didn’t grow up playing tennis, like I did, this may bring you out of your comfort zone. One way to start getting comfortable with singles is something I’ve recently seen at a tournament in the Midwest. It’s called Skinny Singles…no that is not a pickleball dating site. It is pickleball played on only one-half of the court. Some tournaments have found this event to be less intimidating than full court singles.
This is also a great way to practice if you have only one other person. Having a narrower court will really help you work on control! Just like in doubles you want to hit with a purpose, only instead of dinking short, your goal is to hit it deep and keep your opponent away from the net. Your goal is the capture the net, to take time away from your opponent and make it difficult for him to pass you.
If you haven’t played singles pickleball why not just go out today and start hitting ground strokes with a partner. Practice from the baseline, as well as, a few feet in. It is great to practice hitting from different positions. I always like to encourage players to play in tournaments for the experience and to support the sport in general.
It can be a lot of fun to play a good friend one on one.
Art has been playing pickleball since Nov 2017. He enjoys playing this active, low physical impact game of skill and strategy. And finds that it can be played at all levels competitively while being a wonderful way to make new friends.