Improving your game in pickleball involves more than just regular practice. It requires understanding the nuances of the game and mastering various techniques. Here are some tips to help you elevate your game at Highlands Sports Complex.
Master the Serve
The serve sets the tone for the rest of the rally. Stand behind the baseline, with your feet parallel to it. Hold the paddle with a relaxed grip, similar to how you would shake hands with someone. Remember, you must serve underhand in pickleball. The paddle should move in an upward arc, with the face of the paddle open. Aim to hit the ball with the middle part of the paddle, also known as the sweet spot.
Hone Your Return of Serve
A well-executed return can put your opponent on the defensive from the onset. Stand ready, with your knees slightly bent and your paddle up. Watch the server closely and anticipate the direction of the serve. Try to return the serve deep and keep it low, making it difficult for the server to attack.
Dinking is a soft shot that lands in the non-volley zone or “kitchen”. It can be an effective way to keep your opponents at bay, especially in doubles play. Practice hitting gentle shots just over the net, aiming for the opposite kitchen. The goal is to make your opponent move forward, disrupting their position.
Develop a Strong Volley
A well-timed volley can catch your opponent off guard and earn you quick points. For a successful volley, stay ready at the net, keep your paddle up, and hit the ball before it bounces. Remember, you cannot volley the ball while standing in the kitchen.
Improve Your Footwork
Good footwork allows you to reach the ball quicker and hit more balanced shots. Practice lateral movements, forward and backward sprints, and quick changes in direction. This will help you cover the court more effectively and react faster to your opponent’s shots.
At Highlands Sports Complex, we believe that every player can improve their game with the right techniques and a commitment to practice. Incorporate these tips into your routine and watch as your pickleball skills reach new heights!
- November 17, 2023