Deb Harrison Training – Compiled by Roberta Hirth

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North Carolina Pickleball

Special Deb Harrison Training Edition

The following summary of Deb Harrison training videos was compiled by Robert Hirth.  Roberta and her husband John, are avid pickleballers and reside in North Carolina and Sarasota, Florida.  We deeply thank Roberta for her work and effort to bring you this training summary.

The main focus of this note is to provide an overview of, and links to, the 70 Deb Harrison Pickleball videos on YouTube as of March 16, 2016. I’ve also included links to some other instructors’ video tips. There is much information here to help you continue improving your Pickleball skills over the summer. It’s long, but I think you’ll find it worth your time.

Have fun!

Roberta Hirth


Level of Skills Taught by Deb Harrison:

Fundamental Skills: Posture I, Ready Position, Grip/Paddle angle, Comfort Zone, Dinks, Freeze Blocks, Volleys, Smack downs, Power Volleys I,  Short Hops, Bump Ups, Footwork, Topspin return of Drop, Poke Strokes, Overheads, Lobs, Serve, Return of Serve I, Court positioning, Touch/versus Power.

Intermediate Skills: Proactive Volleys, Third Shot Options, Topspin Return of Drop, Spot Dinks, Spin Dinks I, Power Volleys II, Half Volleys, Split Step/Drop Step, Earning the Net, Posture II, Partner Movement, Triangulation, Top Spin Lobs I, Overheads Placement, Overhead Blocks, Block Lobs, Block Drops, Running down Lob, Spin Serves, Return of Serve II.

Advanced Skills: Skill Assessment, Game Strategy, Playing the Elements, Chip and Charge Return, Feather/Cut Drops, Block/Retreat/Close, Staub Shot, Scott Shot, Ali Shot [Backhand  Snap], Bubba Shot [Redirect], Puppet Shot, Wong Shot [hammer or flip or smackdown, snap wrist on elevated ball], Yoda Shot [snap], Ernie Shot [take an elevated side-side drop shot outside the court and close to the net], Post Shot, Stacking, Winning Wars, Purposeful Dinks, Pre-Tournament Routine, Self Tuning


Total of 70 Deb Harrison videos on YouTube as of 3/16/2016

1. The Ready Position at the Non Volley Zone [LESSON Six]
2. Punch Block: Defending Against Bangers Part 2  [Lesson Three]
3. Swing Volley, Defending Against Bangers, Part 3
4. Smackdown Your Opponents Mistakes
5. Pickleball Update: Huntsmen World Senior Games 2014

6. The Villages Advanced Women’s Clinic
7. Footwork at Non-Volley Zone; Elephant all Day Dink with Footwork at NVZ line
8. Deb Harrison’s INTENSE Pickleball Camp
9. Pickleball: Serving for Success, Deb Harrison [Lesson One]
10. TIDBIT: Mantras

11. Return of Serve [Lesson Two]
12. TIDBIT: Body Language
13. The Pickleball Lob / How to Hit a Lob [Lesson Nine]
14. Tidbit: Observations from 2014 USAPA Nationals
15. Running Down a Lob / Returning A LOB [Lesson Sixteen]

16. TIDBIT: Serve Is In
17. You Asked For It; Answers Questions
18. TIDBIT: Drilling
19. Mastering the Backhand [Lesson Fourteen]
20. TIDBIT: A…N…D…[acronym]

21. Spin Drops, Specialty Dinks / Drops [Lesson Fifteen]
22. TIDBIT: Communication [with your partner]
23. The Third Shot [Lesson Four]
24. TIDBIT: Depth on Serve and Return of Serve
25. All Day Dinks [Lesson Thirteen]

26. Adding Variety to Your Third Shot [Lesson Twelve]
27. TIPBIT: Touch Points
28. TIPBIT: Loosing Your Serve
29. BLOCK DROPS
30. TIPBIT: QUICK, QUICK, SLOW

31. TIPBIT: WRIST SNAP
32. How to Hit an Overhead [Lesson Ten]
33. TIPBIT: FINISH [of your stroke]
34. Blocking a Smash
35. TIPBIT: FOCUS

36. SNAP SWING VOLLEY
37. TIPBIT: RETURN OF SERVE
38. DROP THE BALL AGAINST BANGERS: DROP SHOT- KYLE SHOT / FEATHER DROP
39. CHOOSING A PADDLE
40. SPOT DROPS

41. TIPBIT: HITTING HARD AT AN OPPONENT [Lesson Twenty]
42. Change the Pace: Staub Shot
43. TIPBIT: Third Shot Options [Lesson Twenty one]
44. RETURNING THE THIRD SHOT DROP
45. TIPBIT: Creativity & Fluidity

46. THE SCOT SHOT
47. TipBit: Flip It
48. Loop It On the RUN / FOREHAND LOOP
49. TIPBIT: ANTICIPATION
50. CURL IT OR BRUSH IT

51. TIPBIT: UNDERSTANDING SPIN
52. Redirect the Ball
53. TIPBIT: Triangulation
54. ADD VARIETY TO YOUR SERVES
55. TipBit: Why PicklePongDeb?

56. Jennifer Lucore Forehand Swing Volley
57. Earning the Net [Lesson Seven]
58. The Poke Stroke [Lesson Eight]
59. Push It FORWARD, KEEP IT LOW
60. Half Volley Pick Up [also called Short Hop]

61. Pickleball [Ready Position]
62. The Bump Up
63. Pre Match Warm Up
64. PROACTIVE VOLLEY
65. Rethink the Dink [Lesson Seventeen]

66. Love the LOB
67. Be a Better Banger [Lesson Eighteen]
68. RESET THE POINT
69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control
70. Proactive Dinking


1. The Ready Position at the Non Volley Zone: Deb Harrison, Defending Against Bangers Part 1 [Lesson Six]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD9CSUGv32o

Published on Sep 28, 2014: Solid fundamentals are critical to your success with pickleball. This is especially true at the no volley zone when you don’t have time to react to a ball coming at you quickly. This is the first in a series of lessons on Defending Against Bangers (i.e. people that hit the ball at you hard when you are at the non-volley zone).

Ready Position and Wall

Solid fundamentals are critical to your success with pickleball. This is especially true at the no volley zone when you don’t have time to react to a ball coming at you quickly. This is the first in a series of lessons on Defending Against Bangers (i.e. people that hit the ball at you hard when you are at the non-volley zone).

Form a Wall to block. Elbow down square, Left arm forward not back, paddle head above wrist square to ball.


2. Punch Block: Defending Against Bangers Part 2 [Lesson Three,Five, Eleven, Nineteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URVRMZ0USko
[On the lessons page, Lessons 3, 5, 11, 19 are the same.]

Published on Sep 30, 2014: Many pickleball players find it difficult to play against bangers (i.e. players that hit it hard at you at the no volley zone). This video reviews the ready position, and adds the punch block volley for power.
-[See also #34 Blocking a Smash – Reviews Freeze Block and Punch Block.]
-[See also #61 Pickleball [Ready Position for Deb’s formerly suggested Ready position at the NVZ line.]]
-[See #69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control for Deb’s revised Ready position at the NVZ line.]

Pickleball Punch Block [previously covered freeze block, the wall]: Deb Harrison,
Freeze Block against variety of heights, low medium high,
Form a WALL
At NVZ, if high, paddle angled slightly down, punch not a swing, punch 3-4 inches
If low, bend knees and open paddle, stand square to ball, do not turn your body butt.
Pop, Not putting impetus to the ball
Paddle control, face control
Freeze Block wall versus Punch Block at various heights
If high, angle paddle slightly down
If medium pace need a little pop, i.e. impetus to the ball
last week reviewed ready position


3. Swing Volley, Defending Against Bangers, Part 3;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUyyjthl2Z8
Deb Harrison
Published on Oct 13, 2014 This is part 3 of our Pickleball Instructional series, Defending Against Bangers, in which we review the Swing Volley. This is an effective weapon to keep bangers (i.e. those that hit the ball hard at you) back.

[ball is high, meet ball use torso, lead in front, not huge backstroke, use shoulder, body still, backhand swing volley need to open up, load it up, meet, swing]

-[See also #36: SNAP SWING VOLLEY]


4. Smackdown Your Opponents Mistakes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wt0lqo0KdY

Published on Oct 20, 2014: When your pickleball opponent makes a mistake and hits the ball up, you want to make them pay. If you learn the “smack down” shot, you will win the point, rather than hitting that juicy plum in the net.

Objective is to put return down hard at opponents feet or to angle it away.
Involves use of Smackdowns for higher ones.
Involves wrist snap for lower ones and medium ones.
Listen to the sound coming off your paddle. Is it SMACK [in the center] or is it hitting the edge of your blade? Out forward to get it to the net, wrist snap to get it down to get it to their feet. Body remains steady, looseness of the wrist.
Demonstrates a drill against a pickleball chain link fence covered by wind screen.


5. Pickleball Update: Huntsmen World Senior Games 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlgPkbckorQ

Published on Oct 22, 2014: I was one of 16 residents of The Villages that recently returned from St. George Utah where we participated in the Huntsmen World Senior Games in Pickleball. What a great event with five full days of Pickleball competition.

There were 16 participants from the Villages winning 20 medals.
10,850 athletes in 28 sports. Deb’s 4rth year. She won Gold’s Women’s Single 65-69, Silver Women’s Double 50-54 with L. Zacco, Silver Mixed Doubles 60-65 with B. Freeman.


6. The Villages Advanced Women’s Clinic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjyKnQ4TaiM

Published on Oct 28, 2014: Pickleball instruction and practice can be fun!

[An advertisement] Shots, Drills, Practice


7. Footwork at Non-Volley Zone; Elephant all Day Dink with Footwork at NVZ line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xswu8u9smYI

Published on Nov 3, 2014: This pickleball instructional video is about footwork along the non-volley zone line. Since 80% of the game of pickleball is played along this line, your ability to move efficiently is critical to your success.

At NVZ line if need a ball outside comfort zone, push off with opposite outside foot, much like a dance step: quick, quick slow. Get in line with the ball, slow and low. [Demonstrate Elephant dink, which she no longer recommends. See #65 Rethink the Dink] Shows the position of the blade to the ball. Paddle/Arm are forward. Review: Stay in compressed position, shake hands with the paddle, move to the ball in your comfort zone, and think forward. Do not plant your feet and stretch. Keep feet shoulder width apart. Wide stances are not good because they prevent you moving [i.e. they prevent you from shuffling parallel to the net.] Stop before you hit the ball and keep your body relatively still. Do NOT want to hit and Pop your body up. Stay in the compressed position. Keep your toes close to the line. Do not shuffle backwards. Instead go forward with your paddle [ie hit in air] Do not cross step [takes you out of ready position and takes too long to get back to ready position] [Coach-Mo recommends a cross-step.]. Instead shuffle and face the ball.


8. Deb Harrison’s INTENSE Pickleball Camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOH2duGdbEA

Published on Nov 6, 2014: Here are a few scenes from a recent Intense Pickleball Camp: 12 hours of personalized instruction for individuals or partners, and a free Workbook.


9. Pickleball: Serving for Success, Deb Harrison [Lesson One]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKhFjT-NdzM

Published on Nov 10, 2014: An effective, reliable serve is critical to your pickleball success. This instructional video covers all of the fundamentals and is sure to make you a better server.

Take a Moment to Get Ready, Create a pre-serve routine
Set a target
Finger tips on top of ball
Set ball on paddle
Paddle back, hit ball square, follow thru to target
Body, arm legs work together
Bowl it over net to target area
Right court: She serves two feet from middle line, so remainder of baseline is to her forehand. Left court: She serves on foot from side line, so remainder of baseline is to her forehand.


10. TIDBIT: Mantras
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uKOgbGnwnI

Published on Nov 12, 2014: Deb’s Pickleball Tidbits, are brief commentaries.

Words can assit you in playing the game.
1) If it is high, let it fly. Smack it back to win the point. Get some pace on it.


11. Return of Serve [Lesson Two]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dnd66kSsmrk

Published on Nov 17, 2014: Return of serve can be effective pickleball weapon. This video reviews how to hit a top spin, under spin and short hop return of serve.

Three varieties of return of serve:
1) Top spin – Use Low to High position. Stroke, do not muscle the ball. Keep balance and swing slow and full. Wrap the blade around and touch the back of your shoulder. Contact point is with the forward knee, if possible. Pick your target. Demonstrates from the right court the position and tilt of the blade and the resulting trajectory of the ball that goes middle center, versus sideline left, versus down the line [sideline right.]

2) Underspin – Use High to Low and comes down to the ball, same full finish as described above touching the paddle blade to your shoulder.

3) Short hop forward [ball comes close to your foot and has only a short bounce before you must hit it] moving toward the net. This type of return of serve gets you to the net fairly quickly.

You must close into the net after the return of serve, but do not rush the return of serve and move too fast to close into the net. Return and go, adding in the Split-Step stop. Intent is to keep the serving team DEEP. Remember they have to let the ball bounce. Return serve to the middle center of court 80% because that creates confusion from opponents regarding who will take the middle shot. But do not always do the same thing, go left, go right, but 80% should be up the middle and keep it deep. Use the Hit, Go, Stop technique to make sure you are in the ready position when the opponent touches the ball. [R note: This is Coach-Mo’s Split-Step Technique]

-[R note: Video #62: The Bump Up mentions that the half volley pick up is also called the short hop. Workbook glossary p21 “Half volley – short hop reception at the feet.” My book states, Half-Volley is a defensive shot when the ball is hit immediately as it begins to rise from the bounce. The ball has usually been hit directly at your feet in the backcourt, and you do not have enough time to get into position to drive the ball.]

-See also video #37: TIPBIT: RETURN OF SERVE, and video #24 TIPBIT: Depth on Serve and Return of Serve.


12. TIDBIT: Body Language
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj4NBUjqycQ

Published on Nov 19, 2014: What is your body language telling your partner and your opponent when you play pickleball?

If you make a mistake, don’t show in your body language your disappointment with yourself. Continue on, hold your head high, don’t slump your shoulders or bang your paddle. Good try, good effort, be supportive of partner who makes a mistake.


13. The Pickleball Lob / How to Hit a Lob [Lesson Nine]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUatethB8d8

Published on Nov 24, 2014: A lob can be an effective pickleball shot, especially when both of your opponents are at the non-volley zone. Learn how to hit a regular and topspin lob in this video.

2 styles: regular and one with top spin, more offensive, brushing ball and tuck in elbow to get spin

Don’t over use, Watch wind and sun


14. Tidbit: Observations from 2014 USAPA Nationals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY1BWNkbTsA

Published on Nov 26, 2014: In today’s Pickleball Tibdit Deb talks about what she learned from watching the 2014 USAPA National Tournament. Are patient, steady, “keep it in play” players outlasting the players that attempt heroic shots?

Few “heroic” shots. Keeping ball in play at low level and waiting for elevated return to make a winner. Control paddle face, rather than being heroic. Being steady, looking at where your opponents are, figuring out where they are not, far more important than over powering them or over whelming them. Steady wins the game.


15. Running Down a Lob / Returning A LOB [Lesson Sixteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvbLkPA2cpo

Published on Dec 1, 2014:

Don’t just shrug your shoulders and give up; you can run down and return the pickleball lob. Learn the proper techniques and drills to improve your skills.
Pivot turn run
Warch opponents blade is it opening up

Returning a LOB
must do overhead


16. TIDBIT: Serve Is In
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwtFUFieZdk

Published on Dec 3, 2014: This pickleball tipbit is for when your serve goes awry. Remember to say, “Serve is in”.

If your serve goes out, on next serve play conservatively and say “Serve Is In”


17. You Asked For It; Answers Questions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDEm044T2Hw

Published on Dec 8, 2014: This week’s pickleball instructional video is in response to subscriber’s requests. You asked for more information on defending against bangers, and wanted to know why your dinks go too high.

Why is my Dink too high? Probably too hard with too much swing. A dink is little forward and slightly up [demonstrates] do not go too high with paddle, do not scoop it. Do not hit too hard sideways. Mentions elephant dink [she has since changed her instruction an no longer recommends the elephant dink, but the wrinkles in the wrist technique. See #65 Rethink the Dink] Control the pace and directions.

Questions: How do I deflate against bangers? Previous episodes showed Punch Block, and Freeze Block. Demonstrate Cut Block. In future episode is third shot drop. Demonstrates Freeze block. Demonstrates Cut block [leads with paddle edge (i.e. bottom edge of paddle tilted a little out) to get the ball down and imparts an underspin.]


18. TIDBIT: Drilling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGZCNW7KoZ4

Published on Dec 10, 2014: This Pickleball Tidbit deals with the importance of drilling.

Deb drills 3-4 hours a week on elements she is weak on. Practices against backboard, against a fence, or a partner, important for muscle memory.


19. Mastering the Backhand [Lesson Fourteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19I7i93AuH8

Published on Dec 15, 2014: During the USAPA National Championship I noticed more of the top pickleball players, playing “their side of the court”, i.e. hitting a backhand rather than pulling their partner out of position to take a forehand. Having a good, solid backhand makes you a more well rounded player.

Two Methods backspin and top spin
On a Backhand stroke, use right thumb on left hip to get shoulder turned to the target.
Step, contact, Follow thru, Extend, ie, step swing
Underspin blade starts higher
underspin paddle above hand
early preparation, must turn shoulder to ball
Keep moving to target area, ie so you do not swing wide and wild to the right
Practice against a wall


20. TIDBIT: A…N…D…[acronym]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KcfqtVVPE

Published on Dec 17, 2014: Today’s Pickleball Tidbit is the acronym AND.
ATTACK position
NEUTRAL position
DEFENSE position
If ball is up, you are on the Attack.
If ball is banged at you, you are trying to get the ball to Neutral, and you are on the Defense. Strive to be in attack mode.


21. Spin Drops, Specialty Dinks / Drops [Lesson Fifteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4Vh4uSH7kI

Published on Dec 22, 2014: If you feel you have mastered the elephant/all day dink, this pickleball instructional video is for you. Learn four specialty shots that are meant to keep your opponent moving and out of his/her comfort zone. [Roberta Note: Deb no longer recommends using the Elephant dink. See #65 Rethink the Dink.]

This video discusses Spin Drops. Previously had discussed Elephant Drops where you hang the paddle and push the ball, [Deb no longer recommends using the Elephant dink.] Now she presents another stroke to use on returning drop shots. Only use a Spin drop against a “nothing ball”, not one that is pressing on you or “attacking” you. Deb demonstrates the following three types of spin techniques:

1) Brush Loop stroke, which is hit slightly forward & up along side of the ball, making the ball rotate. Her thought is the paddle goes towards the fence and brushes the side of the ball. Puts a side spin on it. You want to feel the ball alongside the paddle so that you GRAB it.

2) Slide Drop Stroke. Deb demonstrates the Forehand Slide Drop and how you drag the paddle across the ball to impart spin. The Deb demonstrates the Backhand Slide, with the paddle butt leading with a short motion dragging across ball. Lead with the elbow and drag across. Notice the paddle stays up and open. Do not use this against a ball that is pressing you. Deb moves forward into the ball and imparts side spin.

3) Reverse Curl, a reverse spin, come around ball, reverse brush loop to spin to outside

Review: trying to get your opponent out of their comfort zone [approximately 1 foot right or left of a player’s comfortable reach.] Using SPINS is one way of getting your opponent out of his comfort zone.

To practice, have your partner feed you “Nothing Balls” like very soft dinks, so you have time to go forward to the ball to practice these mechanics. You would not try these techniques if you are out of balance, out of position, or ball is too deep with a spin to it. Use a “nothing ball” that is inviting you to go forward to the ball.


22. TIDBIT: Communication [with your partner]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Z2uJx1Ujw

Published on Dec 24, 2014: Today’s Pickleball Tidbit is on the value of communication with your partner, especially one coming down the middle.

Forehand Hogs the middle, especially if you have a good 3rd shot drop. Call mine, I got it, yours, me, etc. Lets partner know your intention. Help partner with out balls – bounce it.


23. The Third Shot [Lesson Four]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UnL9xg9uHk

Published on Dec 29, 2014: The third shot, a ball that floats over the net and lands softly in the non-volley zone, is one of the most important shots to learn in pickleball. This weeks pickleball instructional video will help you perfect this all important shot.

A defense against bangers. Third shot drop, you served, opp has returned it, you return it to NVZ, middle is good target, breeds confusion, start learning from mid court, keep blade low, 3rd shot gets your team to the net, move low to the ball, is a swing under the ball so it clears the net, drops to opp feet, do not hit net

[Moves to ball rather than cross feet, stay back of baseline so returns do not land at your feet]

Middle is good target, adds confusion
Keep blade low [later videos recommends wrinkle in wrist
Hit under the ball to get over the net

Third shot drop from baseline, paddle goes forward, Goal is to get to the NVZ line.


24. TIDBIT: Depth on Serve and Return of Serve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrrbUsvc63E

Published on Dec 31, 2014: Today’s Pickleball Tibdit is about the importance of depth on your serve and return of serve. Learn why a high, floaty, but deep return of serve may be your best option.

Depth: Serve and Return of Serve

-[See also #11 Return of Serve]
-[See also #37 TIDBIT: RETURN OF SERVE]


25. All Day Dinks [Lesson Thirteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Zgl7-aAKA
PRIVATE, not able to view.


26. Adding Variety to Your Third Shot [Lesson Twelve]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xji2D1Zpc3Y

Published on Jan 5, 2015: In a previous pickleball instructional video we covered the all important third shot. Not every third shot has to be the same. This video will help you add some variety to your third shot.
Three Types or Methods: Hang push, roll- a little like Loop and puts depth and pace and adds more power, leading Edge third shot drop puts back spin
starts at mid court, get feel, then go to baseline
Roll return puts more forward momentum to ball

[last time did third shot drop. Variety, leading edge to put spin on ball, push blade under ball, Start to learn at mid court, then practice from back of court;
Push Leading; Forward Roll Technique; Edge,

[Leading edge, push blade slightly under ball create underspin; Roll Return, Hang Spin]


27. TIPBIT: Touch Points
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg7VuqRQIJ8

Published on Jan 7, 2015: We’ve changed our Pickleball Tidbits to TipBits. Different name, different year, but same idea.

Be aware of your touch point actions.
In ready position support paddle with both hands.
Forehand ground stroke, touch paddle to left shoulder.
On backhand, put right thumb on left hip to turn shoulder.


28. TIPBIT: Loosing Your Serve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c3UnibovGw

Published on Jan 7, 2015: Loosing your serve, i.e. not getting the ball into the service area, is one of the most frustrating parts of the game of pickleball. It seems so simple. And with this Wednesday’s pickleball tidbit, we focus on how keeping it simple will improve your service accuracy.

Basics, keep it simple, a rhythmical thing. Start with pre-shot routine.


29. BLOCK DROPS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CONJ5Y0h514
Pickleball: Block Drop When You Don’t Get to Net, Deb Harrison
Published on Jan 12, 2015

We’ve worked on the third shot in our last two pickleball instructional videos. Though the intent is to get you and your partner to net, you may not make it. This video covers the split step stop, and how to block drop the next shot to help you continue to move forward.


30. TIPBIT: QUICK, QUICK, SLOW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdbP2GykerI

Published on Jan 14, 2015: This week’s Pickleball Tidbit may enable you to dance to your next victory.

Footwork in response to the dinking game. A dance move, ie, quick, quick slow to the right or to the left. A little hop step, hop step to get you in your comfort zone.

-[See also #47 Footwork at Non-Volley Zone]


31. TIPBIT: WRIST SNAP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zF0wPtCEQk

Published on Jan 14, 2015: This week’s Pickleball TipBit has to do with wrist snap. If you want to put pace on the ball and/or hit the ball down at your opponent’s feet, you will want to improve your wrist snap.

Use wrist snap to promote pace. Vertical Smackdown, Forehand Snap, Backhand snap, Forehand swing volley, backhand swing volley, overhead wrist snap.
-[See also #36: SNAP SWING VOLLEY]


32. How to Hit an Overhead (LOB) [Lesson Ten]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc60AAFga84

Published on Jan 19, 2015: Hitting an overhead can be a very satisfying shot. But a pickleball overhead is NOT the same as a tennis overhead. This pickleball instructional video reviews how to hit the overhead properly, and includes a second option…the pronated overhead.

Hitting a pickleball overhead is NOT like tennis that uses a big swing, [uses left arm to point to ball] and a big follow through. In contrast, in pickleball use a SMACK, then a SNAP technique, so you can return to ready position quickly. The harder you SNAP it, the harder it goes down. Paddle ends in front of body. Head stays up. You get the pace with the wrist snap. Most people return an overhead to the middle of the court, or from right to left. For variety use the Pronated Overhead. Discusses pronated, to the outside. Go slightly around the inside of the ball and snap it out. Good to use the Pronated Overhead if your opponents are both close to the center of the court, because you can redirect the ball to the outside edge of the court they are not covering. Review: If opponent LOBs over your head: 1) Get into position under the ball, 2) Hit using the SMACK / SNAP technique. 3) Use one of three varieties of returning an overhead: to the middle, from right to left, pronated overhead to redirect the ball. [Roberta Note: On page 24 of the workbook, Deb discusses the “Wong Flip” or Wong Smackdown”, the act of snapping the wrist like a mini overhead on an elevated ball, which she named after Steve Wong who employs it.]


33. TIPBIT: FINISH [of your stroke]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5WohYLM1zk

Published on Jan 21, 2015: By examining your finish position you can improve your pickleball strokes and game. For more on the correct finish position for your backhand, check out this video: http://youtu.be/19I7i93AuH8

On your forehand, did you touch point ? [shows paddle touches left shoulder at end]
On your backhand did you stop ? [shows paddle point in the direction the ball is to go, ie not flailing too much to the right at end]
On Dink, did you keep low and slow ?


34. Blocking a Smash
[Reviews Freeze Block and Punch Block]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llzd3xC1sk4

Published on Jan 26, 2015
Not every pickleball overhead goes as deep as we might like. That is why you must be prepared to block a smash that comes back at you. This instructional video will show you how to go from a defensive position back to neutral, keeping you in the point and the game.

[Discusses the Freeze Block and Punch Block and how to use a Close blade, or flat blade, or open blade based on where ball is to your body: high, mid, low.]

Opps you returned too high, i.e. a LOB that is too short, and it is coming back to you high. Several ways to handle an Overhead. 1) Stand your ground. 2) You can back up if you have time, but she does NOT advise that. Backup ONLY if you have time and earn your way back to the net. 3) Freeze block to handle the hit and change the pace of the ball. Hold your ground, square up to the ball, to get your paddle on it. Use their pace against them to flatten it out. Option 2: Punch Block leading with paddle’s forward edge. Be a little more aggressive [and lean forward] to go to get it and PUSH. A punch block is going forward [i.e. leaning forward] with the leading edge of the paddle. A little more charge than the freeze block. You are putting impetus on the ball, too. Review: square off to the ball, get in the ready position, look at their paddle and try to anticipate which way their shot will be going, you do not have time to go all the way back, so square off, stand your ground and either freeze block or punch block. Your objective is defense to give yourself another shot. Getting the ball back to neutral. Tip, if the ball is below the net on the freeze block you have to bend your knees and OPEN the blade, let the pace richochet off. If it is flat at you [ie about chest height] you have to flatten the blade a little bit. If it is above your head, you have to close the blade in order to get it flat over the net.

-[See also a similar topic in #2 Punch Block: Defending Against Bangers Part 2]
-[See also #69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control for Deb’s revised Ready position at the NVZ line.]


35. TIPBIT: FOCUS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLXwpFstlrY

Published on Jan 28, 2015: To improve your pickleball game you need to learn to focus. Not only when you are hitting the ball, but when your partner or opponent is hitting the ball. Focus will enable you to anticipate what is coming at you and thus improve your game.

Anticipate direction, pace, speed, spin to get a jump on the ball. Watch opponents’ body language and paddle angles, to determine where you have to be to take their ball.


36. SNAP SWING VOLLEY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSLHSLMhHeA
Published on Feb 2, 2015: This pickleball instructional video builds on one of our most popular episodes, the swing volley. Today we add snap to the swing volley, to pound the ball down at our opponents’ feet.
-[See also #31 TIPBIT: WRIST SNAP]

Reviews regular Swing volley, which keeps them back [Ball about chest height, follow through with turn of upper body, paddle touches left shoulder.] Used for when opponent is back and it gives good pace to the ball. Then demonstrates SNAP SWING VOLLEY, i.e., swing and snap the wrist so that paddle ends up in FRONT of you, rather than at the shoulder. This one is good when opponent is nearer. Gets the ball out and DOWN rather quickly. Danger is if you turn it TOO SOON it will go into the net. If you do not turn it enough, it will go out of bounds. Finish near the ready position. Head stays still. Rolling your wrist over. On On Backhand, Load it up and Flip it out rather than Load it Up and open it up as in a regular backhand. Meet the ball and Flip it out. Do not over swing on it. Keep it in the court.

-[See also #13 Swing Volley, Defending Against Bangers, Part 3]


37. TIPBIT: RETURN OF SERVE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd8g9t2umW8

Published on Feb 4, 2015: Today’s Pickleball TipBit has to do with return of serve. For the full Return of Serve instructional video, click on this link: http://youtu.be/wd8g9t2umW8

If you have a serve blasted to you, keep your paddle relatively still and let it rebound off it. If they give you a nothing serve, you can impart your own pace with underspin or topspin. Go deep middle a good choice 8 out of 10 times. But put variety by going down the side line or cross court occasionally. If opponent’s blade started high indicating an underspin, you have to go you have to open your blade. If it is topspin, you have to close your blade. Read their paddle.

-[See also #11 Return of Serve]
-[See also #24 TIPBIT: Depth on Serve and Return of Serve]


38. DROP THE BALL AGAINST BANGERS: DROP SHOT- KYLE SHOT (advanced technique) FEATHER DROP (forward under ball)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FtzpwbjFNg

Published on Feb 9, 2015: When your pickleball opponent is at the base line, banging the ball at you, there is nothing more satisfying than hitting a drop shot that causes them to scurry forward.

Opponents are back at the baseline hammering you.
Use a drop shot against bangers who stay at the baseline.
Reviews two types of drop shots, one lighter, the other more extreme in how you execute it:
1) Feather Drop: think pushing slightly forward under ball to create underspin/ backspin. Ball is coming to you between chest to waist level.
2) Kyle Shot: Paddle down hard on back of ball, straight down with paddle to create extreme under spin. An extreme high to low backhand chop on the ball to give it a backspin. Named after Kyle Yates. An advanced technique.
Trying to keep opponent back and then drop it into the NVZ.


39. CHOOSING A PADDLE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBxK2mQDURY

Published on Feb 11, 2015: Today’s tipbit is about choosing a pickleball paddle.

Try friends’ paddles. Probably will want variety for into the wind versus against the wind, etc.


40. SPOT DROPS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ9MLrwMOqQ

Published on Feb 16, 2015: Having the ability to place your pickleball dinks at different spots on the court, moving your opponent out of their comfort zone, is critically important to improving your game. Learn how to drill to hone this skill.

Keeping your opponents off balance with SPOT DROPS
Mentions Elephant Drop, Brush Loop, Forehand and backhand slides, the curl. A good dinks gets your opponent out of their comfort zone.
HOT SPOT DRILL: two players on one side, one person on other side. Play right half court, Then practice from left half of court. Remember to get back to ready position each time. Quick, quick, slow pace. Vary shots inside out, outside in, diagonals. Trying to get them out of their comfort zone so they stumble to the ball and pop it up. Then you smack it for the win. The opponents should move together like connected by a rubber band. Get back to ready position and face the ball. One partner covers the middle and the other partner covers the side line [leaving one third on other side line uncovered, which is a risky shot] Also vary the depth and pace of the dink so sometime soft and sometime hard.


41. TIPBIT: HITTING HARD AT AN OPPONENT [Lesson Twenty]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUa90fZfKjc

Published on Feb 18, 2015: Today’s Pickleball TipBit, is in response to a viewer question. Deb answers Phyllis’ question about hitting hard at an opponent in this segment.


42. Change the Pace: Staub Shot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMBxqZScrZk

Published on Feb 23, 2015: By watching the very best pickleball players we can learn new techniques to take our game to the next level. Today we review the Staub shot, which puts pace on the ball to surprise our opponent.

Four players at NVZ line and have slightly elevated ball and want to change the dynamics of the game from a neutral position to an attack position. Three modes on the court: Neutral, Defense or Attack. Acronymn A.N.D. for attack, neutral, defense. This is one way to break out of neutral and go into the attack. Demonstrates Staub Shot – drive forward and put topspin on ball. You are at the NVZ line. You receive a slightly elevated ball that is reachable. From the chest quickly move the paddle forward and up to put topspin on the ball. The Butt of paddle, i.e., the handle or heel of the paddle, is leading the way, brush up and forward quickly. Key is waiting with the paddle back by chest so you can go forward so have some room to go forward. Also demonstrates the longer version, brush up long. The Staub shot is the brush up short version. Changes the dynamics of the dink game when the ball comes to you just a little bit too high. Accelerating with the paddle and putting extreme top spin on the ball. Dink dink BOOM.


43. TIPBIT: Third Shot Options [Lesson Twenty one]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abrQRLaFpWg

Published on Feb 25, 2015: Deb answers another subscriber question this week regarding pickleball third shot options.

Alex Hamner/Jennifer Lucore, national champions, third shot -Drive as hard and it is sinking. Other Options: Drive, Lob, Third Shot Drop. A lot of variety makes a winning team.


44. RETURNING THE THIRD SHOT DROP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Xocq7oNy8

Published on Mar 2, 2015: Your pickleball opponent has hit a perfect third shot drop. What do you do? Learn the best way to return the third shot drop in this video.

[Use top spin, forward up for top spin, low to high, keep opponents back, Showed flicking wrist over, Keeps serving team back]


45. TIPBIT: Creativity & Fluidity
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go0eVkPADzw

Published on Mar 4, 2015: Deb talks about the importance of creativity and fluidity in this week’s pickleball tidbit.

Do not always do the predictable or always the same thing. Move your opponents all over the court. Do not always go down the middle or the sideline. Fluidity means you are changing the pattern and the direction of your dinks from short to long, in to out, all over the court to take your opponent out of their comfort zone.


46. THE SCOT SHOT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a-tddtjE5A

Published on Mar 9, 2015: We are always looking for opportunities to attack in pickleball. If you can master the Scott Shot, you will surprise your partner and take the advantage.

Slightly elevated ball, Take opponent by surprise, Real quick wrist, backhand from hip, flicking it out. A Flip from the Hip, Body is still, Surprise Attack, Use wrist to flick out.


47. TipBit: Flip It
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN3lZ0qiTrI

Published on Mar 11, 2015: In this week’s pickleball tipbit, Deb talks about putting pace on the ball.

Add element of surprise with a change of pace with Flip It. Use your wrist to Snap it, roll it over.
-[See also #36 SNAP SWING VOLLEY]


48. Loop It On the RUN / FOREHAND LOOP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsZnHq0pZ3o

Published on Mar 16, 2015
When your opponent forces you wide, you may need to loop it on the run. Learn how here.

You are standing near the center line and your opponent returns it wide to your right side. Try to return the ball to the middle of the court between your opponents or if you miss go to the right shoulder of your opponent directly in front of you. Thread the nose (i.e., the leading edge of the paddle) of the paddle through the needle imparting a topspin. Nose is leading low hig, head and chest staying low, keep ball low. If really wide poke it around the post. Does NOT have to go over the net. Brush, lead loop with NOSE leading OR Poke around the Net post. Demonstrates a drill to practice this. Ball is wide outside your comfort zone. Always move to the ball, do not overreach.


49. TIPBIT: ANTICIPATION
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqwMqhO2msc

Published on Mar 18, 2015: Anticipating your opponent’s next shot is important to your pickleball success.

Preparation and anticipation of where your opponent is going. Watch body language – are they going to drive or drop ?. Gives you an added jump on the ball. Get your blade ready to meet the ball. Judge what your opponents will do based on their body language: their head, shoulder, blade, direction of blade. Read the opponent’s body language.


50. CURL IT OR BRUSH IT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGxxcx-0SA0

Published on Mar 23, 2015: Published on Mar 23, 2015: When your opponent is back, you may want to curl or brush the ball softly into the non-volley zone. Learn how here.

A response to the third shot drop that landed at the NVZ line
Placement, not Pace
Soft Curl on the left side
Soft brush on the right side


51. TIPBIT: UNDERSTANDING SPIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8ZCGEt5k4c

Published on Mar 25, 2015: If you want to take your pickleball game to the next level, it is important to understand spin.
Topspin: Low to high, puts forward rotation on the ball.
Underspin: High to low, puts backward rotation on the ball.
Sidespin right to left: Puts counter-clockwise rotation on the ball.
Sidespin left to right: Puts clockwise rotation on the ball.


52. Redirect the Ball
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClEipFUGZ2Y

Published on Mar 30, 2015: Catch your opponent by surprise by redirecting the ball…making it go in the opposite direction s/he is expecting.

Going to demonstrate with a low and high forehand and backhand.
High forehand to redirect to outside of the court: Your body aims one way and the ball is going another way. Lean away from the ball. Put the butt of the paddle, i.e., the handle or heel of the paddle, forward and Drag the paddle. Move your body a little bit out of the way.

High backhand coming between shoulder to waist: Elbow and paddle butt leading and going sort of parallel to chest to create the drag – ball trajectory goes to the outside in the opposite direction. Paddle butt leads and pushes left to right

Low forehand demonstrated: Placement not Speed


53. TIPBIT: Triangulation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSgWhDfSV3A

Published on Apr 1, 2015: In today’s TipBit Deb discusses triangulation; i.e. follow the ball and maintain an equal distant between you and your partner, forcing your opponent to make a difficult shot.

With partner overlap paddles so opponents cannot return it between you and your partner.


54. ADD VARIETY TO YOUR SERVES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsKOHYFBBfU

Published on Apr 6, 2015: Do you hit every serve the same way? If so, consider adding some variety to the pace and spin you impart on the serve. Learn how in this video.

Use variety of serve as a weapon.
Pre-Shot routine, Set
a) Reviews BASIC topspin serve, push the ball and finish high, get the ball deep
b) Variety: The NOSE-LEADING Serve,  (i.e., the Nose is the leading edge of the paddle) Paddle on outside of ball, paddle nose leading serve to put different rotation o the ball, go for center line and watch the ball rotate right to left. Be careful to keep paddle below the wrist so it is legal. Notice its trajectory is a deep curling to the sideline.
c) Variety: The TWIST, notice different rotation, twists the other way
d) Variety: The LOB serve. go sky high with the ball, deep and high, good shot to use against the wind, a bullet serve would land in close which allows the opponents to get to the net


55. TipBit: Why PicklePongDeb?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4PiU0YvTJk

Published on Apr 8, 2015: Many of you have asked how I got my nickname. Find our here.
The Loop, The Backhand where you roll related to Ping Pong


56. Jennifer Lucore Forehand Swing Volley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5j6fckgxs

Published on Apr 13, 2015: USAPA National Champion Jennifer Lucore, was among the dozen Pickleball Pro’s that provided a two day exhibition at The Villages in March 2015. After playing with one of our resident pro’s, Deb Harrison, Jennifer joined us to provide this demonstration of the Lucore forehand swing volley.
-See also video #64 Proactive Volleys


57. Earning the Net [Lesson Seven]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvBgpOewrDU

Published on Apr 20, 2015: We all know that playing at the non-volley zone is a winning strategy in pickleball. This video reviews how you can earn the net and put your team in a winning position.

Shows getting to the net
Add pace, spin challenging shots
Watch then move with partner
Split step stop, close in
Then elevate with winning shot at net

Close in and get to the line, don’t try to win at mid court. Service team challenge, watch height of ball, close in split step stop, get to net.


58. The Poke Stroke [Lesson Eight]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McKo1LBeU_M

Published on Apr 27, 2015: Add pace to the ball and find the hole with the pickleball poke stroke.
Not a punch but a poke
Elongated, practice at mid court or at dink game
Poke ball, elongated, changes the pace

Poke stroke allows you to put pace on the stroke
punch volley, poke stroke is elongated, not a punch but a poke, no wrist

-[See also #69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control for Deb’s revised Ready position at the NVZ line.]


59. Push It FORWARD, KEEP IT LOW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6qN4wZJ34g

Published on May 4, 2015: Learning to keep the ball low is important in pickleball. Deb shares a drill designed to push the ball forward, and keep it low.

Being square to the ball. Taking it on the long hop, short hop or in the air, but keep return low. Very important at NVZ line not to elevate the ball because they will snap it down to you. Keep the ball at hip level which is the height of the net. Staying square to the ball and going forward to the ball.


60. Half Volley Pick Up [also called Short Hop]
[A Half-Volley is a defensive shot when the ball is hit immediately as it begins to rise from the bounce.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrgCsK9Q9PQ

Published on May 11, 2015: Oops, you hit it up. Don’t turn your back..prepare to hit the half volley pick up shot.

You have made a poor high shot and your opponent is going to hammer it back at you with an overhead and face paced ball. Watch the opponent’s paddle to try to ANTICIPATE on which side the the ball will be returning to you. Get into position and Block and Open your blade [Face of Paddle is tilted slightly up]. As you get better at it, you may want to push it forward by giving it a little pop or bump when you hit it to get it forward. 1. Concentrate on getting the ball back over the net. 2. Keep the ball low. 3rd option is to send it back in the air as a LOB. Use their pace and do less with your blade. You do not want to use a lot of big swinging. Use their pace, open your blade and redirect it. Practice with your partner putting it down hard at your feet.


61. Pickleball [Ready Position]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHR24Fa6lUY

Published on Nov 4, 2015

Always come back to ready position.
Bent knees, slightly forward lean, on balls of feet, touches face of paddle with left hand. Deb does not like Coach Mo’s method of ready position at the NVZ line (a Strong Backhand ready position) because leaves your forehand stroke too vulnerable. She prefers the more neutral ready backhand position at the NVZ line. Shake hand grip. Continental is a little turned – she does not use it. To practice getting back to ready position, holds orange ball in left hand and touches it to the paddle AFTER each time you hit the ball. Demonstrates Hand shake hold [more on broad part of handle] versus continental hold [on bevel of paddle]. Also shows Tim Nelson’s ready position. Bill Bagely’s position [similar to Coach Mo] Shows Brian Staub’s ready position. Leah Horn, a lefty, like this. All of them keep their paddle up. Your choice of what works for you to keep your paddle up.

-[See also #69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control for Deb’s revised Ready position at the NVZ line.]


62. The Bump Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qNXBr-gUj0

Published on Dec 1, 2015: New videos are released on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Used at NVZ line or half hop-volley pick-up. Posture: head up, posture up, chest up, the butt of your body down, paddle in ready position, flex knees and you are lifting on the bump up. Usually used for ball that is lower than your knees or lower than your hips. Having head up gives you a good visual overview of where opponents are. Rather than head down and hit ball in net. Will discuss the bump up, the bump forward, the half volley pick up (also called the short hop in which you go back a little bit from the NVZ line). Everything is little, always come back to ready position in case they smack it to you, Head does NOT go down to look at ball. Use little lift motion. [Workbook p 20 states emphasis is on under the ball and posture with head and chest up. Bump up then bump forward. At clinic Deb emphasized you are not looking directly at the ball in this situation so that you can better see what is happening with your opponents.]


63. Pre Match Warm Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEfISf9XGjc

Published on Dec 15, 2015: This video is about the Pre-Match/Tournament Warm Up. Warming up with and without a net so that you are ready for your first match.

Find a space, parking lot, wall, corridor with or without a net. Purposeful Dink-keep it down; Volley-Volley stay calm and balanced, is [a softer] trajectory volley rather than banging at partner; third-shot drop from the baseline; Block LOB; Swing Volley with a wrist snap; Did not do serve or return of serve because of limited space. When you get to the court, do those. When start game think middle of the court and get big lead, then play your game.

See also Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner warm up suggestions at:
http://www.allpickleball.com/jennifersblog/category/drills/


64. PROACTIVE VOLLEY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9rmXd08L14

Published on Dec 15, 2015: This video is about 3 types of ProActive Volleys. Moving the paddle forward to meet the ball at the net instead of reacting to your opponent – actively changing direction and pace.

[R note: mentions Punch, Punch Block, Fuller Volley Swing (Lucore Forehand Swing Volley), FLIP, Crispy Open-Up Volley [?a full backhand swing], Across the Table Swing – forehand and backhand. Workbook p20 “Crispy Flip named after Jeff Christmann. Back of the hand: palm of the hand forearm rotation.]

Previous videos had reviewed the punch block, the freeze, block and various volleys. Be proactive at net when the ball is coming to you with some pace. Think “Going Forward” to most balls coming to you. Rather than being reactionary, you are being proactive, i.e. “Action Oriented.” After each hit, quickly return to ready position, balanced and stable, weight leaning a little bit forward. Think “going forward to the ball.” Notice on the backhand punch she holds the paddle closer to her chest in order to get some push, wrinkle in the wrist and paddle is up high. On forehand, important to get ready early rather than back here [see demonstration]. Weight is always slightly forward to the ball. Next demonstrates a version of the swing volley using a little bit more wrist, punch then flip. Gives added pace. Body position the same. Demonstrates the FLIP. Another version of the proactive volley is the Larger Swing. She does not like this as much as the smaller swing because it takes you longer to get back to the ready position. Demonstrates the “Big Swing” from the NVZ line. Your thought should be “going forward to the ball” as it is coming to you. Reviewed Proactive Volley: Punch, Punch Snap-both forehand and backhand, Fuller Swing. Previous episode called one of these the Lucore Forward Swing Volley. [The Backhand full swing open up] was called the Crispy Open-Up swing. Also can call it “Across the Table Swing” forehand and backhand and demonstrates it. Imagine swinging across an imaginary table with a fuller forehand swing, then backhand swing, called the ?Pit Swing. Body stays forward and in control.
-[Also see video #56 Jennifer Lucore Forehand Swing Volley]


65. Rethink the Dink [Lesson Seventeen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DQqEyM7T9o

Published on Jan 1, 2016: This video is about ReThinking the Dink. Always learning and finding new ways to be successful, Deb has reevaluated how to execute the dink.

Revisit the Elephant Dink- hang it and push it, which she no longer recommends, Now recommends wrinkle in the wrist
Cock and Little, slide and roll, gives more options to respond to ball
Combines features of bump=up
Always come back to ready position
Short hop
Shuffles moving right and left
Diagonal Dinks
Face the Ball
Cock, wrinkle in wrist,
This is NOT the spin dink of another lesson
Always face the ball (shuffle when necessary) rather than cross-step

[Roberta’s Note: Here’s another instructor’s take on dinking.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8XpasxBrrI&ebc=ANyPxKopo3ZnxOiZWJIrtxvu3V7nK11mLNtjq7JFL3EzMdaOR5K4q6QTviYCDCW9LX7qiuy7qfsaJ5mYQpVJ6u9uKS5PJAKK3w
Tom Farley discusses dink on Pickleball Channel 411: Dinking 101 – Five Steps to a Winning Dink!
Published on Jan 14, 2016

Do you know one of the secrets to taking your game to the next level? It’s mastering the soft game using the dink! Many players love to smash the ball hard, but everyone knows top players use dinking to control the game and ultimately win. Controls player who wants to hit hard. Bend at knees not at waist. Get paddle back in ready position after shot
– Be patient
– Bend at the knees, not at the waist
– Swing from the shoulder
– Watch the ball and follow through
– Return to ready position


66. Love the LOB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dUYHmg1Eg

Published on Jan 15, 2016: This episode explains how to handle good lobbers. Hitting an overhead at midcourt and partner strategies are described and shown in detail. “Love the Lob”.


67. Be a Better Banger [Lesson Eighteen]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53oznNc8YXQ&feature=youtu.be

Published on Feb 1, 2016: We just released a new episode which explains how to “Be a Better Banger. How to handle “bangers” using swing and snap volleys to add pace.

Two options: be a better banger or be a better dropper
Work around a stable core.
Can choose arms or snaps, equal on both sides of your body.
How to Learn this: Medium Pace Flat; Harder Pace Flat
If get an Arc Ball, then hit down at opponent’s feet.
Hit a medium ball hard. Hit an Arc ball down.
Hit a medium pace ball FLAT. Hard FLAT swing across the body.
Demonstrates a Snap, the paddle turns over.
Reviews the Two options to handle bangers: be a better banger or be a better dropper. This episode focused on the better banger part. Power snap, Swing, Swing Volley so if you get into a war, you can win the war.


68. RESET THE POINT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vASfIT_iWY

Published on Feb 15, 2016: We just released a new episode which explains how to “Reset the Point”. When you get into a “war” at the net, this explains how to take the pace off the ball and get back to “neutral” so you can reset the dynamics of the point and be ready to win it!

Want to get back to neutral
Freeze or soft block (Drop Block)
Block Drop = Proactive
Block Drop, leading edge, don;t put paddle down
Keep Blade quiet, use the pace, don’t fidget or over react, remain steady and stable


69. Poke ‘n Punch for Paddle Control
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIFnIVZyxI4

Published on Mar 1, 2016: We just released a new episode which explains how to “Poke and Punch for Paddle Control”. Being able to control your paddle for pace and placement is crucial to success. Watch these drills to work with a partner in controlled practice so you can be ready to move your opponent, play out the point, and be more patient. Key is putting the ball where YOU want it to go!

Deb demonstrates the Punch [p 6 of glossary: very slight movement of pushing the paddle toward the ball 3-4 inches forward and do not snap wrist] and her opponent the Poke [more swing action involved]. All about paddle control. Discusses NEW Ready position at NVZ line. [Roberta note: Deb used to say hold paddle up, front and center of chest with her left had lightly touching center of paddle. Now she recommends a New position, in which she holds the paddle up, to the right more in a forehand position. In contrast, Coach Mo recommends a strong backhand ready position at the NVZ line. Use a technique that works best for you.] Deb mentions that the main thing is your body’s weight distribution, is more forward, not back. Demonstrates a Punch Volley, closer to your chest on the backhand so you can move the paddle slightly forward and away from your chest. On the forehand, paddle should be slightly out in front. However, if the ball is high, you have to Punch Down [i.e. angle the paddle face (the blade) slightly down]. If the ball is low, you have to Punch Up [i.e. you must angle the paddle face (the blade) slightly up]. DO NOT lean and crouch over with your body butt up and your head down to get a low ball. Instead keep head up and chest up and lift up. Demonstrates forehand punch up and forehand punch down, forehand poke up and forehand poke down.

-[See also #2 Punch Block: Defending Against Bangers Part 2]
-[See also #34. Blocking a Smash [Reviews Freeze Block and Punch Block]


70. Proactive Dinking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN8PeSQgp2Y

Published on Mar 15, 2016: We just released a new episode which explains how to “Be a proactive dinker”. When dinking you want to move your opponent around so that they will eventually hit it into the net or up so you or your partner can hammer it down. When receiving dinks, this also shows the “quick, quick, hit” footwork tempo.

Get the opponent out of their comfort zone and off balance using dinks off a drop shot. Moves opponent side to side. Discusses paddle control part 2: off the dink. Notice the footwork technique of Quick, Quick, Slow. Hope to get opponent to hit ball into the net or if they return too high and you or your partner can hammer it down.


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http://picklepongdeb.com/
[Roberta’s Note: If you select the “Video” TAB, you will see her most recent videos.]

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyhmm99XaLz9t-gHxiHBv-g/videos
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Web Page Title: Pickle Pong Deb
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyhmm99XaLz9t-gHxiHBv-g
[Roberta’s Note: Look at VIDEO TAB, it is the same as above.]

ABOUT TAB: Deb Harrison Pickleball Instructor
We release new instructional videos each Monday. We also release quick, one minute TipBits every Wednesday. You can click to SUBSCRIBE to be notified for FREE as soon as a new lesson is available.

This series is provided by Deb Harrison of The Villages, FL. Deb has taught pickleball for ten years and was voted Pickleball Athlete of the Decade having won 15 Gold Medals in the Florida State Senior Games over a ten year period.

She has competed and medaled in the USAPA National Tournament in Buckeye Arizona: * Gold Medalist Mixed Age * Silver Medalist Women’s Doubles Open * Gold Medalist Women’s Singles Age.

She has also participated in the Huntsmen World Senior Games in St George, Utah winning a total of 12 medals in the last four years including: * Women’s Doubles * Women’s Doubles 5.0 Skill Level * Singles, and * Mixed Doubles.

I am available for private and group lessons in The Villages, or at your home court. Contact me at picklepongdeb@gmail.com

North Carolina Training Page – Deb Harrison Lessons
https://northcarolinapickleball.net/deb-harrison-training-page/

Meet the Pickleball Pros – Deb Harrison
https://blog.pickleballcentral.com/2015/03/03/meet-the-pickleball-pros-deb-harrison/


Other Instructors and Drills

Pickleball Channel:
http://www.pickleballchannel.com/subscribe/
Subscribe to pickleball channel to get notified of their most recent video tips.


Coach Mo web site:
http://pickleballcoach.com/coach/
Coach Mo web site – his DVD of Clinics
– Grip – Ready Position – Forehand Groundstroke – Stances – Backhand Groundstroke –
– Volley – How to get to the Net – Footwork – Serve – Return of Serve –
– Proper Position at NVZ line – Overhead – Lobs – How to Poach –
– When to go down the sideline – Drop Volley – How to anticipate out balls –
– How to read spin – Know where you are on the court – How to Practice –
– Don’t be predictable – Additional Commentary by Jim Wright –

Coach MO on Forehand Groundstroke; Footwork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pn4TfbYpWM&list=PL3C8783E7B907DAF8&index=2

Coach Mo’s additional Lessons on DVD:
Hitting Techniques, NVZ Line Position, Short Game, Third Hit, Third Hit Drill, Split Step

Coach Mo Pickleball Strategy Guide at URL:
http://pickleballcoach.com/forums/
Select “Download the strategy guide”

[Roberta’s Note: This free guide is very helpful. Coach Mo reviews Grip, Ready Position, Return of Serve, Volley, Drop Volley, LOB Defensive & Offensive, Overhead, Footwork, Hitting Down Sidelines, How to Practice, Poaching, Reduce Unforced Errors, Know Your Opponents, Mental Errors, Hitting Fast Balls, Anticipate Out Balls, Play the Wind, Pickleball Techniques: (Ground Stroke Stances, Serving Techniques, Forehand Groundstopke, Backhand Groundstroke, Overhead Technique, Drop Volley Technique), Extra Strategies, Guide In-Review, Definitions, Conclusion.]


Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ceh-7DI1Y
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart Pickleball, Ten Tips by Joe Baker
Published on Aug 31, 2015. It discusses shot selection, court positioning, etc. The focus is on pickleball strategy.


Doubles Pickleball Strategy 102:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib5AJCtyodQ
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 102 – Smart Pickleball Vol. 2, Power by Joe Baker
Published on Nov 17, 2015


Wall Drills by Joe Baker:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSEzQBRh35M
Published on Jan 10, 2016


Atlantic Pickleball: Sample Weekly Pickleball Training Routine
http://www.atlanticpickleball.com/2014/06/26/can-train-improve-pickleball-game/


AZ Pickleball Drills:
http://www.azpickleballfun.com/drills.php
http://www.azpickleballfun.com/drills_dinks.php
The Short Dink – all skill levels
The 3/4 Court Dink – Intermediate and Advanced skill levels
The Baseline Dink – Advanced skill level
Dinking Game – all skill levels


Jodi and Robert Elliott Instruction Videos
http://pickleballinstructions.com/
The Kitchen Line
The 3rd Shot Practice
How to Move As a Team
No Man’s Land
The Paddle Head
Move-Block-Freeze
Protect Eyes
The Put Away Shot
How Hard to Hit the Put Away Shot (75%)
What is the 3rd Shot?


Mark Renneson Videos [search at YouTube for dozens more]
Practicing your pickleball game without a partner:with
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TzejYlz3EQ

Simple Ways to Improve Reaction Time (Part 1) with Mark Renneson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWUdgcJB_JA
Published on Oct 12, 2015
Pickleball requires great reflexes! In this video, Third Shot Pickleball coach Mark Renneson demonstrates a variety of exercises you can do to improve your reaction time.


Naples Florida Drills:
http://pickleballnaplesfl.com/?cat=27
overheads, smashes, volleys , dinks, third shots.


Paso Robles Drills:
https://www.facebook.com/PasoPickleball/posts/839512049395171


Pickleball Central Drills:
https://blog.pickleballcentral.com/2015/05/14/drills-for-pickleball/
The Up-and-Down (for all ability levels):
Ready, Aim, Fire (for all ability levels):
Target Practice (for intermediate to advanced players):
Goal Setter (for intermediate to advanced players):
Plastic pails Instead of Taped square boxes


Pickleball Dink Drills – PoachPB.com:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsyjY2qM4OM
Published on Apr 27, 2014
Matt and Brian Staub practice dinking. Staying compressed is crucial during all dinking drills, this keeps you in a ready position and prevents your head from bobbing up and down which changes your eye level. This is also a great way to practice your short-hopping and blocking technique.


Prem Carnot Drills, Tips, etc.:
http://pickleballhelp.com/whats-new/
[Roberta Note: At bottom, Contains 13 links to more blog pages]
http://pickleballhelp.com/author/wendy/
http://pickleballhelp.com/tag/advanced/
http://pickleballhelp.com/tag/beginner/

http://pickleballhelp.com/pickleball-strategy-dink-shot-part-3-perfect-dink/
Hit the Ball Just Before the Second Bounce
To Improve Your Dink Shot Placement
To Improve Control Over the Height of a Dink Shot

[Prem Carnot home page/advertisement]
http://pickleballhelp.com/


Quad Cities Pickleball Club
https://qcpickleball.wordpress.com/links/
Video Tips for Improving Your Game
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart Pickleball, Ten Tips
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 102 – Smart Pickleball Vol. 2, Power
The Split Step
The Power Serve
The Underhand Serve
The Third Shot and Why It’s Important
Pickleball Quick Tip – Serve and Step Back
I ♥ Pickleball – Coach Mo…A Lifelong Coach
If You Are Injured…Take Advantage of Your Recovery Time
Pickleball 411: Three Tips to a Better Doubles Team
The Pickleball Guru Academy: 5 Biggest Mistakes You Could Be Making


Rincon County West Pickleball Club:
http://rcwpickleball.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html


Saddlebrooke Ranch Pickleball Drills
http://web.archive.org/web/20150601000000*/http://www.saddlebrookeranch.org/pickleball/documents/drills.pdf


SUN City Festival Pickleball Club:
http://www.scfpickleballclub.com/drills–more.html
Move,Block, Freeze: a strategy against hard hitters
Jodi and Robert Elliot
Doubles Strategy 101 & 102 and Ten Basic Tips by Joe Baker
Surprising Strategy..Cover Every Shot at Net by Prem Carnot


The Best Strategy: Get to the Kitchen! / Improve Your Game by pickleballove
https://blog.pickleballcentral.com/category/improve-your-game/
[Roberta’s Note: Video listed at top and Drills listed at bottom of the page at this URL.]


Toledo Links:
http://toledopickleball.com/category/skills-drills/
Pickleball Channel: Third Shot
Pickleball Channel: 3 Tips to Better Doubles Team
Rules / Strategy Review – Becoming a Better Doubles Partner


USAPA: Here we present a series of videos designed to improve your game.
http://www.usapa.org/drills-and-skills/
by Alan Christensen
Strategy vs Technique, Which Comes First?
Keep the Ball in Play, Play the Deeper Player and Playing to Your Opponent’s Feet.
Get to the Non-Volley Line & Keep Your Opponents Deep
The Art of Dinking


Volleying by Alan Christensen [recommends a backhand ready position at NVX line like Coach Mo’s technique]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nFR4kX5pCU


where2pickle_skill_drills:
http://usapa.org/file/mi/where2pickle_skill_drills.pdf


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