My experience at the US Open Pickleball Championship was unlike any other pickleball tournament I have ever been to. In fact, it seemed much more like a tennis tournament to me. Coming from tennis, for most of my life, I especially like the way the draws and the way qualifying was done. … Continue reading →
This week I was teaching a pickleball lesson and I kept hearing over and over “I’ll never get that overhead smash because I don’t come from tennis”. I’m also told, “I don’t know how to hit groundstrokes because I never played tennis”. The list goes on and on. We all know a lot of the top players came from tennis. And yes it is an easier transition having experience with a racket … Continue reading →
Pickleball tournament days can be tough and long! You can have an 8am start time and making it to gold can mean you are playing under lights. With the US Open Pickleball Championship starting in just two days, I thought I would share with you what I do to perform at my best on tournament days. … Continue reading →
Many players are transitioning from tennis to pickleball. It’s fast and addicting. And applying one’s racket skills to a new sport dramatically speeds one’s improvement. It’s a small tennis court with a smaller racket. But it is not tennis! The game is much faster and requires different strategies. To excel in pickleball, former tennis players need to understand the differences. … Continue reading →
Last week we talked about Becoming a Better Pickleball Partner; specifically about the body language and words we use that either build up a successful team or doom it to failure. Another way to become a better partner is to learn to communicate during the pickleball point. … Continue reading →
Whenever I give lessons to partners I usually come across a lot of the same issues. I’m told: “He hogs the middle and is taking my forehand”, or “She has trouble with her backhand”, or “He doesn’t come to the line quick enough”. We are often too quick to point out what is wrong with what our partner is doing.