Sometimes in pickleball it can be frustrating when the ball drops just over the net creating an almost impossible shot to actually return.  Many times the result is hitting it into the net or not even trying to return it. Either way, the point is over. But there is a simple way to greatly increase the chance that you can hit that ball back over the net!  Watch today’s Pickleball Quick Tip with Phil Dunmeyer who explains to us exactly what to do!

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Ever heard someone disagree about a non-volley zone foot fault? Look no further! This fun video is the most complete non-volley zone rule video ever! Packed full of information, it is a one-stop shop for you to have all your questions answered and learn more about the multi-faceted non-volley zone rule in pickleball. Hear from pickleball champions Alex Hamner and Jennifer Lucore alongside our host Rusty Howes, as they break down the non-volley zone rule in its entirety as well as show some helpful real-life examples of actual NVZ faults. Reviewed by the USAPA, this video is a necessity in understanding this fun game of pickleball!

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  1. Thank you!!!

  2. thank you for this helpful idea!

  3. Rusty, What a great and important video. I am a highly qualified ref and this video is very helpful. While referring one concentrates on the NVZ, but it is possible to miss the points this video describes.
    I will be studying and reviewing this information for quite some time.
    Thank you.
    Sandy Miller

  4. I still can’t play the videos on my Windows based computer. It there a player available that I can download?

  5. After over four years of playing, I finally have pickleball elbow. (aka tennis elbow) How about a video on prevention and treatment of it? I have been playing left handed for a few weeks now, gone from 4.25 to a 3.5, maybe you can discuss the benefits/cons of switching hands either for an extended time or during a game even. I have found having to use my other hand has made me much more thoughtful about dinking as I don’t have the power or accuracy to smash and bang, and hope to bring this with me when I finally can go back to my right arm!

  6. Great tip. Time to practice this defense.

    It might be added, that sometimes balls landing close to the net have a reverse spin and if aided by a wind at your back, can quickly reverse the ball back over the net making it a challenge to get to the ball.

    Doug Hastings, an Elite Pro at Selkirk, invented a new defense against this reverse spin at the net. Normally, if you are close enough, you can just reach over the net (careful not to touch it) and hit the ball after its reversed. This new defense, dubbed the “Hastings” was first seen and ruled legal at the USAPA sanctioned Sequim Fling tournament and solves the problem if you can’t reach the ball from the net. This inventive defense that shocked his partner and opponents is explained in this video. ​​

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