6/17/16

How high should the apex of your drop shot be?

Gold medalist Jennifer Lacore and her dad Bob Youngen are giving a clinic in Kelowna on July 6th.  I believe there are still openings.  One of their clinic topics is the third shot drop and they will talk about the "apex" of the shot, which should be over the NVL.  Another 5.0 player, Prem Carnot, has posted the following graphic showing how high this apex should be.  
   

6/9/16

100 Pickleball Strategies by Jeff Shank (for 3.5's).

You'll need an hour to watch this video which contains strategies for intermediate players. Jeff is a 5.0 level player. 


6/8/16

Setup and Offensive player in advanced play.

This is an excerpt from an article dated Feb. 20/2016 entitled "A Champion's Continuous Improvement" .  Wes Gabrielson was asked about his winning pickleball strategy.
"It’s similar to doubles tennis; it’s mainly around identifying your Setup and Offensive players and insuring you both understand your roles. ....The job of the setup person is to be rock solid with her or his dinks and place the ball so that his or her partner continues to have an opportunity to be involved in the play. When I am the offensive player, I then move more into the middle. And (my partner) will keep going cross-court when (he or she) can in the hopes that one of their returns will be a little bit “up” and I can get into the act.

6/6/16

Resetting the point.

When the fast game has been started at the net, and you feel you aren't winning, then reset the point to get back to neutral.  


Bear in mind that in Noel White's "Pickleball Statistical Analysis" he showed that teams that have the most defensive type of conversion shots lose a majority of their games so don't overuse it.  The key is to stay aggressive and on the offensive because only offensive conversions contribute to winning.