Today we’re talking about why you’ll often see that what top pickleball players DO does not always match what I TEACH in my book, clinics and bootcamps. [Read more…] about Top Pickleball Players: Why They Can Break The “Rules” & You Shouldn’t
Whether you’re someone who dreams about taking a clinic from a professional pickleball instructor, but has never had the opportunity OR you’re a self-professed pickleball junkie who has taken advantage of any and every learning opportunity that’s hit your way, if you show up to a clinic, you’d probably like it to be a positive experience. I know that that’s what I would want, and it’s what I’d try to deliver for my students, as well as the people who who help me organize a local clinic.
But I also know that no longer are my clinics “the only game in town.” The reality is that as the sport grows, there are more and more people hosting clinics with less and less experience. Now, I certainly understand and appreciate that there’s a strong learning curve, and I also realize that I have a head start on many new pickleball instructors going down that path. [Read more…] about Top 5 Shortcuts for Hosting a Kick-Butt Clinic
As much as we all love this crazy sport, occasionally the interpersonal dynamics can make you wish you’d stayed home and not bothered to come to the courts. This topic came up with my recent Bootcamp Breakthrough participants and I wanted to give you some practical solutions to this common problem.
Your Opponents Won’t Hit the Ball to You
I can’t say how many times I have a group of people practically begging to get on the court with me, and then, as soon as the game starts, they hit every single ball to my partner. [Read more…] about Do THIS When Your Opponents Won’t Hit You the Ball
Unless you’ve been living in a bubble, or you haven’t yet reached the advanced stages of the pickleball addiction, you are probably aware that the 7th Annual National Pickleball Tournament will take place in Casa Grande, Arizona next week.
My wife and I competed in the first national tournament. (If you’ve read my book, you know that that’s where we got our behinds kicked!) The rest, as they say, is history. I haven’t missed a year yet.
I’ll be heading off later this week to teach and compete in what will be the largest, most competitive tournament yet.
If you think YOU put a lot of pressure on yourself to perform well, imagine if you had a following of thousands of people who know you as “The Pickleball Guru!” It could be a lot of pressure.
And, yet, as you know from the title of this post, I’m prepared to lose and I’m not afraid to admit it.
“The Guru” is going into Nationals prepared to lose??
What kind of mindset it that?!?
Here’s why I can feel 100% confident admitting that I’m not likely to take a medal at Nationals also feel 100% confident serving my VIP clients who pay thousands of dollars to come train with me…
Many of you have read about or participated in Levels 1 & 2 of The Pickleball Guru Academy, that’s the 2-day clinic I offer across the country.
Recently, I taught my first Level 3 clinic, which focuses on movement, positioning and playing as a team. I wish I had the clinic on video because by the end of it, the students were dancing. They moved in unison with their partner, covered the court like nobody’s business, and always knew exactly whose shot was whose.
I’ve touched on these topics in the past in my book and in an article called When to Cover the Line & When to Cover the Middle but I want to go more in depth here on how you and your partner can make sure to cover every shot, because it’s something that I see teams consistently struggle with. [Read more…] about The Surprising Strategy to Make Sure You Cover Every Shot at the Net