Here are some additional resources for pickleball play and training information:
Here is a graphic showing a variety of stretches that can be very helpful to pickleball players who want to keep fit and injury-free. Thank you to Joyce for bringing this information to us from a pickleball boot camp.
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101 and 102
Here are a couple of videos giving some tips and strategies for playing doubles pickleball:
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Online Tips and Training
Here are a few websites that give some tips and pointers for improving your pickleball game. Some have videos to show strategies and techniques, some offer you subscriptions for continuing information, some present pointers from accomplished players. Try them out and see if you find anything helpful.
Most of us play pickleball because we just want to have fun and exercise with good people. That is reason enough. But if you want to improve your game, you will have to practice. You can go to clinics, read. “How To” articles and play lots of games, but you’ll probably be stuck in a rut unless you practice. Our indoor venues don’t allow much opportunity for practice. The outdoor courts at Los Altos are ideal. Get your own net and balls, find people who share your desire to improve, go off by yourself and practice. Most people find practice boring. For them, it’s hit a few dinks and then “game on”. You must bring out your inner kid and find creative little games for your practice sessions. How about saying you can’t quit hitting dinks until you can do 50 in a row and then actually count them off. Talk about pressure! How about a “Kitchen Game” where the kitchen line is the back base line? My favorite is a kitchen game with 5 players. The extra player stands off the court and replaces the person who made the last goof. This can be done with 3 players if a half court is used. An advanced version of this game is to allow slams or “break-outs” if your opponent leaves the dink too high. But you better not goof on your “breakout”. I invite others to contribute if you have a favorite drill or practice game to share.
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