Great tips from Sarah Ansboury on "where you should contact the Ball? While making contact with the ball to the side of you may work in tennis, in pickleball we must make contact with the ball in front of us. This was a hard habit for me to break. In addition to hitting the ball on the side, like many tennis players, I often had my wrist and paddle in a V shape. This can cause several challenges:
Get Rid of the V - When dinking or hitting a third shot drop I needed to learn to get rid of the V. Instead I want my paddle to drop down in front of me so I can lift the ball over the net. My paddle and hand are below my wrist, and my wrist is facing the ball. If you are not hitting a third shot drop consistently over the net check to make sure you are hitting the ball in front of you and that the paddle is hanging below your wrist.
Hitting From Behind - When I notice a player not hitting the ball in front of them, I know I can work my next shot(s) to put them on defense. I continue to hit the ball back to that same spot. It may take a shot or two, but they are likely to make an error…either hitting into the net or popping it up so my partner or I can put it away.
Keep it in Front of You - When we played tennis, we used bigger swings…but keep in mind the court was a lot bigger too. In pickleball, we never need our paddle to go behind us. The more the paddle stays in front of us, the quicker our recovery and the better prepared we are for the next shot. Contact the ball in front of you if you want to improve."
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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.