Practice Drills 

GAME-BASED DRILLS

By Sarah Ansboury with Lee Whitwell

Whether you’re a social player going to open play or one who competes in a few tournaments a month, we all want our game to improve, right? Typically, do we drill? No.

Third Shot Drop Drill

The third shot drop is when a player is at the baseline trying to hit the ball from deep in the court into the kitchen.

The Warm-Up

Before you play a match, you have your obligatory “warm-up.” Too often, players waste this time hitting shots that they probably won’t be using during the match, and effectively won’t help them.

Dingles

Dingles is a fun drill game that helps to practice your dinks, blocks, and shot selection. Dingles is a fun drill game that helps to practice your dinks, blocks, and shot selection.

Sick Trx Singles

Sick Trx Singles is a great way to practice doubles with only two people. We play this instead of half-court singles because...

Dinks, Lobs, and Drops

We practice and practice our dinking shots so we can neutralize our opponents’ ability to attack us. At the same time...

Third Shot Drop

This article features two great pickleball players and instructors, Matt and Brian Staub of Poach Pickleball. They are top 5.0 players...

The Power Serve

One way to keep your opponents on the defensive is to pressure their ability to get to the net from the return of serve.

Practicing the Art of Surprise

Sick Trx Singles is a great way to practice doubles with only two people. We play this instead of half-court singles because...

Mortimore Game

What do you do if one or two extra players are sitting out the usual 15 minutes waiting to get on the court for the next game?

Practicing Solo

Do you want to improve your pickleball game but you don’t have a partner to practice with? No problem!

A Serious Conversation About Drilling

Is drilling an integral part of improving your game? Yes, but only if you drill properly and with a purpose.

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