Practice Drills 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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?

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Practicing Solo

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

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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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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...