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The Warm Up Before the Warm Up

Stretching Warming Up

The Warm Up Before the Warm Up

Before pickleball players even hit the pickleball court we all need to keep in mind that we need to warm up off the court before we warm up on the court. I have asked our resident fitness expert and trainer, Nadia, to give Smash Pickleball fans insight into why warming up and stretching is so important before we play pickleball. Author: Nadia - http://fitnessbynadia.com/ We’ve all heard how important warming up and stretching is, and on the flip side we’ve also heard that it really does nothing. I believe warming up and stretching does work, however, there are different types of...

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Five Things You Should Know About the Third Shot Drop

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Five Things You Should Know About the Third Shot Drop

Many new players to pickleball have never heard of this shot, or have and are not familiar with what is means. Well here is your chance to know more about this shot, and why it is a good idea to practice the third shot drop and add it to your skill set. Here are five great things to think about as you use this particular shot in your own game. 1) What is the third shot drop? - Literally, it is the third shot that is hit in a rally. Think of it as the return of the return of serve....

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Five Pickleball Serving Tips for New Players

Five Pickleball Serving Tips for New Players

For many new players to the game who have never played a racket sport, the serve seems to be the nemesis of many. Whether playing doubles or singles, this is an important part of the game in order to have a chance at winning. Here are five tips to keep in mind while you are serving: 1) Make sure your serve is legal. Start with good habits and correct your serve now before you go any further in your playing. Many rec pickleball players let the side arm serving slide. Make sure you are not one of them, and if...

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The Winning Ingredient - Reducing Unforced Errors

The Winning Ingredient - Reducing Unforced Errors

In the sport of Pickleball, like most sports, we all want to know the secret ingredient, or the fancy spin technique, or the power hitting and smashing, that it will take to win. As I watch players in our league play week in and week out, I can't help but notice the teams that are winning. They play a consistent, patient game. Meaning they keep the ball in play and are consistently getting the ball over the net until their opponents make an error. I have also noticed this in my own game as I have played throughout the years. I can try to...

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Six Effective Shots from the Non-Volley Zone Line

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Six Effective Shots from the Non-Volley Zone Line

This post is building upon my last post, Five Reasons To Play at the Non-Volley Zone Line. Now that you are familiar with why it is great to play at the non-volley zone line, what do you do once you are there? I have had many new players to the game ask me this very question. These six basic shots will break down the options that you have when playing at or near the non-volley zone line.  1) Dink Shot - This is a soft shot intended to arch right over the net and land within the non-volley zone. This is the...

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