Skills and Drills

Learning to Play Pickleball

Techniques for Improving Your Game

Work on the following and your game will improve:

  1. Keep your eye on the ball.
  2. Bend your knees.
  3. Take steps to get closer to ball.
  4. Hit the ball between or slightly out the reach of your opponents.
  5. As soon as your opponent hits the ball, move your paddle back and get ready.
  6. Reduce your unforced errors by keeping the ball in play instead of going for a winner and hitting a low percentage shot.

How do higher skill players get better by playing with lower skill players?

Try this. Hit half the shots to each player. Give them a shot they can handle easily. You are working on your speed and placement skills here. They should hit a ball back with some authority. That is good for you as you need practice hitting good shots. Give them some easy shots up around their shoulders. Let them slam you. If you are so good, get them back. Don’t even try slams or put away shots. The idea is for them to return the ball so you can work on your skills. Or, tell them you are going to hit all your shots slow and into the NVZ. You need the practice from all over the court. They will be able to return most of those. The lower skill players become your training team. Fun and productive for all skill levels.

 

Arlington Heights Training Clinic Notes and Drills 12/05/2016

201 & 301 Classes

Classes are now available for members. Please check out the information on our places to play page.

 

Video Tips for Improving Your Game

Pickleball Rules

What kind of player are you? 

USA Pickleball Association – News, Events, and More Information

The USAPA has a clear set of specifications for paddle construction and performance. Be sure to check here to see how your paddle (or one you are thinking about buying) stacks up in their testing program.
  • Are You A USAPA Member Yet?
The USA Pickleball Association works every day on behalf of all of us who love this game. Click here to learn more.

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3 Responses to Skills and Drills

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  2. Lisa Brown says:

    I’m interested in learning pickle ball. What is the best way to start out? At one of the local city programs or through your program ?

    • vickit28 says:

      Hi Lisa,
      So glad you are interested in Pickleball! We offer beginner classes at RIFAC in Rock Island and at Kiwanis Park in Bettendorf. Currently we do not have any classes scheduled, but we should have some coming up in May or June. Watch our places to play page, our news page or our Facebook page for announcements of classes. You can also contact our instructor, Sharon Walters (sharonkwalters@hotmail.com ), she may be able to give you a date when she will be having class again. Another option is to join in with the Beginner/Intermediate players at one of our venues. Locations and play times can be found through the Meetup app.
      Vicki Todd, Webmaster

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