Our tip for you today seems so obvious and simple that it almost seems silly. But after talking to multiple pickleball pros and coaches, this skill is one that still needs to be acquired by a lot of players. Watch this quick tip today from Rusty Howes, the Executive Producer of Pickleball Channel, to learn how to make your shot more accurate by choosing to aim the ball. This skill can help you stop being a reactive player, play more strategically, and start to win more points with better shots. Anyone can do this, from beginners all the way to the pros, and it will help you to improve your accuracy.
Don’t just play reactively, play strategically. Many players hit reactively and often don’t engage their mind and try to hit the ball to a specific spot on the court. But you’ll never improve your accuracy if you don’t actually try to hit with strategy. If you decide where to hit the ball in advance, you’ll know if you missed your shot or not. Then you can adjust your shots as needed to improve your accuracy and be more strategic.
The return of serve is a great time to practice this because your opponent is usually back, there’s more court available to hit the ball, and they have to wait for the ball to bounce anyway. For example, you might decide to hit the ball deep in the corner to your opponent’s backhand. If the ball lands short, don’t beat yourself up about it. Look at it as an opportunity! You now have the chance to adjust your stroke to try to develop more accuracy. When you hit the ball again, adjust your placement and hopefully you will get closer to your desired target.
In general, when you practice, try to re-shape your thinking so that you practice with a purpose. Every missed hit or lost point can be a learning experience. And every serve or return can be an opportunity to work on your shot and develop accuracy.
Pickleball is a game of placement, and with more accurate shots, you’re going to win more games. Make your next game the stepping stone to becoming a better player! Think and aim before you hit the ball. Now there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s go play!
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Even the Pros utilize this strategy. Senior Pro pickleball player, Scott Moore, has a fantastic drill that can help you practice with a purpose. Learn about it in this great episode of the popular Pickleball Channel show “Skills and Drills”. Scott will show you how to improve your volley shot by drilling with a ball machine. So watch now, share with your friends and remember…if you want to improve your skills, you gotta do the drills!
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