Last month’s newsletter article was Part 1 of To Drop or Not to Drop!
Yes, I’m a big proponent of developing a good drop shot.
If you’ve ever been to one of my clinics or bootcamps, you probably remember all the drop shots that you did.
In fact, at a recent clinic, one participant mentioned that he probably made more drop shots in one day than, well, ever!
Having a good drop shot in your toolbox will buy yourself some time – time to get to the line, time to get yourself reset for the next shot.
Last month, I recommended NOT using the drop shot when your opponents are back.
In other words: KEEP THEM BACK! Do not give them a reason to come in to their Kitchen line.
Now – two more instances NOT to make a drop shot.
Perhaps This Is an Obvious One…
When returning serve, your partner is (or certainly should be!) already at the line.
And he or she is patiently waiting for you to join him or her!
Which is why I don’t recommend making a drop shot on the return of serve! You want to buy yourself time to join your partner and get set at the line.
If you make a drop shot on the return, you’ve just given your opponents all kinds of time to advance to the line; time you needed to join your partner at the line!
So if I don’t recommend a drop shot, what do I recommend for the return of serve?
Certainly deep, and preferably high!
This will give you plenty of time to join your partner at the line! If it’s really high and really deep, you may also have the time to chat with your partner about what you’ll be having for dinner or the latest Game of Thrones episode!
You and your partner have the advantage of being the only team at the Kitchen – don’t give up that advantage!
A Perspective from the Other Side of the Net
So you served the ball. You expected a deep return. Instead, it came short, about mid-court.
In addition to time, now you’ve got options!
Did the player who returned the serve have time to advance to the Kitchen?
Now, you could try to make a drop into the Kitchen, but because one of your opponents is not at the line, you have the opportunity to drive at him or her, or make an easier shot at his or her feet!
If your opponent was able to join his or her partner at the Kitchen, he or she is probably not set, and you may have the opportunity to drive to the beautiful middle between your opponents!
Plus, a drive from mid-court has a greater chance of success than a drive from the baseline!
Yes, the drop is a shot I encourage you to develop!
And no, I don’t recommend it for every situation!
The Pickleball Guru Is Coming to Cincinnati in July!
Prem Carnot, aka the Pickleball Guru, will be holding clinics and a bootcamp in July at Clear Creek Park!
Prem is the author of the Amazon bestselling book Smart Pickleball, and has helped thousands of pickleball players throughout the world improve their game!
Many consider Prem the best pickleball coach in the business. This is because Prem is not only passionate about pickleball, he’s passionate about you improving your pickleball game!
Depending on your skill level, Prem will be holding a two-day clinic + semi-private on Tuesday, July 9 / Wednesday, July 10, for 2.0 to 3.5 players; and a bootcamp for 3.0 to 4.0 players on Friday, July 12, through Monday, July 15.
Clinics – A Great Introduction to
Tuesday, July 9 / Wednesday, July 10
Prem’s clinic is a wonderful, cost-effective option to experience and implement the Guru’s Smart Pickleball philosophy!
The two-day clinic, held from 9:30 am to noon each day, is for newbies and for those that want to get the fundamentals down! Only $97, you receive five hours of coaching and instruction.
Plus, if you register for the clinic, you can attend the semi-private (limited to 12 participants) on Wednesday, July 10, from 2 pm to 4 pm for only $67!
“Thanks so much for the excellent experience at your Tucson Pickleball clinic. By focusing on what to do and when to do it, it didn’t matter what the skill level the players had. We could all focus on improving our game with your step by step approach. You gave us the tools, now how much we improve depends on how much we want to put into practice what we learned, and the time we dedicate to mastering it. The combination of the clinic and your Smart Pickleball book is a great way to physically learn and apply the fundamentals, and then be able to go back to review the details we might forget since there was so much information. First rate content, organization, and instruction.”
-Gordon, November 2018
You can register for the Cincinnati clinic here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cincinnati-oh-july-9-july-10-2019-registration-56143756487
You can find more information about clinics in general here:
Bootcamp – The Fastest Way to Improve Your Game
Friday, July 12, through Monday, July 15
Prem’s Bootcamp Breakthrough Experience is more intensive than the clinic, and it’s much more individualized. We limit bootcamp to only 8 participants to ensure that you and your game receive the most attention!
“I know other 5.0 players that know him, and they said he was the best in the business.”
-Sharon, Vero Beach, January 2019
You receive a lot at bootcamp, including:
- 15+ hours of coaching over 4 days
- Water, sports drinks, snacks (fruit, nuts, protein bars, etc.) each day
- Catered lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
- Guru-signature paddle
- Signed copy of Smart PIckleball
- Drop Shot Master Class (immediately after registering!)
- Smart Pickleball ebook (immediately after registering!)
“If you’re really serious about improving in a shorter period of time, by someone who really knows what they’re doing, I would encourage you to do it.”
-Stephen, Vero Beach, January 2019
Bootcamp is for those intermediate players (3.0 to 4.0) that really want to elevate their game quickly. With only you and seven other participants, you’ll receive lots and lots of individualized attention on your game.
Bootcamp is $1997; if you use coupon code OHIO you’ll receive an amazing and unique pickleball experience for $1497 ($500 off!)!
Coming with a partner, you’ll receive even bigger savings – $1397 for each of you, and as a foursome, $1297!
You can register for the Cincinnati bootcamp here:
And you can find more information about bootcamps here:
Need More Information? Have Any Questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact me!
I’m happy to help and answer any questions about the clinics or bootcamp!
Hope to see you on the courts!