Are you a banger or are you an aggressive player?

"Understand the difference between being a banger and playing aggressively. There IS a difference!
A "banger" is a player who hits the ball hard because he or she can't do anything else or simply doesn't want to do anything else. They rip the ball and hope that the pace of the ball can make the opponent make a mistake or hit a weak reply. They rarely hit drop shots or lobs or use much in the way of strategy. This type of player is typically impatient and will get frustrated if too many of their hard hit shots are returned.
Playing aggressively is much different, although hard hit shots are certainly part of an aggressive playing style. 
An aggressive player understands that well executed drop shots, dinks, serves and serve returns, and even the occasional lob can be very effective in forcing errors by his or her opponents. An aggressive player uses drops and dinks to get set up shots that they can put away or gain an advantage with. Many times a good drive is appropriate and the aggressive player oftentimes knows how to use it well. This player is patient enough until they get a chance to attack a ball they know they can take advantage of.
The best players are aggressive with their placement of dinks, drops, returns of serve, serves, and even lobs. They are deliberate!
Next time you practice, consider being aggressive on pop-ups and weak shots on your side. But make sure to understand when to hold back if it's not the right opportunity. If you're simply trying to rip every ball you aren't being agressive, you're playing low percentage pickleball and being a mere banger. Please try to understand the difference."
-DJ from Pickleball Forum post.


Top 5 Ingredients of a AAA Pickleball Player

1.  Anticipation
2.  Strategy
3.  Ball Placement
4.  Reflexes
5.  Determination
Lower level players will be somewhere on the continuum in each of these.  


Highlights of the July 24th Executive Meeting

1.  The PPC is exploring the possibility of becoming a Society.  The reason for this is to handle donations contributed toward the new courts.  An alternative to this would be for the City to open an account on PPC's behalf for the purpose of issuing tax receipts.   

2.  The PPC treasurer reported that we have $11,465.85 in the Contingency Fund and $9,492.15 on hand.  

3.  A motion was passed to approve a $500.00 provision for expenses toward social club activities in the 2018 budget.

4.  Members are asked to step forward to form a committee to run a Club tournament in September.  Please contact Mark Tamblyn if you are interested in working on or chairing this committee.  

5.  Thirty-three members took part in the Rating Clinic.  Another clinic is scheduled for the Fall.

6.  The fees that the PPC pays to the City of Penticton for court rental will increase from $10.00 per member to $14.00 per member in the 2018 season.

7.  A request has been forwarded to the City of Penticton to power wash the courts.


How to Defend Against Lobbing Opponents

  1. "Pick a fast partner.
  2. If the wind is very fast, try to keep it at your back because it will make their lobs sit in the air and help you hit an overhead shot.
  3. If both players are lobbing and you are losing a lot of points then when your opponent takes his eyes off of you to watch the ball; take two or three steps back and hit an overhead. If a ball should go over your head watch and see how your opponent strokes the ball so you can anticipate how the ball will bounce so you can catch up to it. If your opponent strokes the ball from low to high then you must run about three steps past where the ball bounces because it will jump away from you and cause an error.
  4. If only one opponent is lobbing then hit to the one that is not lobbing.
  5. If both opponents are lobbing good then check and see if they only lob from their forehand side. If they do, then keep the ball to their backhand.
  6. If you see your opponent drops the face of their paddle and is pointing it towards the ground then it should warn you that he is about to lob.
  7. Make a book on your opponents and try to figure out where and when they like lob so can have a jump on the ball and not be surprised.
  8. When the ball is lobbed over your head use my best shot which is calling out “yours” to my partner to go back at an angle and return it. After I yell "yours" then I should slide over sideways and switch sides of the court."
source:  Pickleball Coach


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