The effects of the outdoor environment can really affect your game
Whether you’ve been freezing your derriere off all winter & are heading outside to enjoy the beautiful weather or you’re a “poor soul” like me who is suddenly facing hotter temps down in the sunshine states, thousands of players go back & forth between indoor & outdoor play throughout the year.
That’s why I wanted to give you some of the not-so-obvious differences between indoor & outdoor play, as well as some strategies for how to play smart in a particular environment.
Those pesky tennis players with such beautiful ball control, smooth strokes, good footwork and tricky spin… Do you ask yourself, “How ever do I play against them?” When you diagnose the problem, it’s quite simple actually, once you know these two secrets.
If you want to improve your game (and not just keep beating the same people you always beat) you HAVE to get up to the kitchen and play from right behind the no-volley line.
You life-long tennis players — Yes, I’m talking to you!
You’re not playing tennis anymore, and although the racket-skills you developed in tennis will serve you well, the physics of a pickleball game are simply different.
You. Must. Get. To. The. (No-Volley) Line.
Not ON the line, of course, but RIGHT BEHIND it. I mean, plant your feet 1-2″ from the line and don’t move back. Move side to side as needed. Step one foot into the kitchen to take a ball on the bounce, but play from RIGHT BEHIND the line.
A question I hear a lot is: “Prem, do you have any suggestions for what to do when I’m playing with a lefty? “What I don’t hear quite so often is: “Prem, how do I play against a right-left combination?” and the reason I don’t hear it much is because a surprising number of players never even NOTICE when one of their opponents is left-handed (not to mention if both of them happen to be).