KISS….. Maybe the solution to a bad day of pickleball
Years have gone by and I have had the privilege and honor to play many pickleball games across this globe. I loved competing as well as just playing this crazy game we love.
One thing I always do when I am not really playing to my optimum level, or I see my fellow players struggling, I always suggest them to KISS.
Kiss of course….
I am not meaning that passionate tryst when two people share it,
Although its definitely a great experience
Is it than a compassionate peck you share with your child, parent or a pet. Certainly a great expression of love.
This one is another expression of love. Love of this game
Whenever you feel you are not playing great, resort back to what I call the basics or fundamentals.
Here are some suggestions:
Try to keep the ball in play. Meaning instead of trying to hit very difficult shots, do the best you possibly can to get your ball over the net, knowing you can only score if the ball is in play.
Keep your ball more in the middle of the court or between the your two opponents. His give you safety of real estate! Don’t go for the side lines.
You get two inches of leverage if you pass the ball over the middle of the net compared to either side of the net.
In the middle, you create confusion between your opponents.
Try to be aggressive while you or your teammate are serving as you are likely to score a point or few. Take more chances, the only thing you lose might a serve.
Maybe be a bit more conservative while receiving a serve, as a rally lost leads to points to your opponents.
Curtail your fancy shots for a higher percentage shot.
These simple methods which I call THE KISS method will be more joyful in a tough situation.
I suggest you read a book written by Brad Gilbert called Winning Ugly.
Next time you are playing and feeling you are not in the zone try the KISS method.
As always, have fun playing this crazy game we love and remember, its only Pickleball.