Pickleball Poaching: If you’ve been playing pickleball for any length of time and you play against people who are determined to win, you’ve probably been in the situation where the only time you get to hit the ball is on the serve or return of serve because your opponents hit every other shot to your partner (presumably the weaker player).
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).
This may be the first time I’ve dedicated an entire article to a single shot, and it’s not even about the dink or the drop shot. This month, we’re talking about The Sometimes-Boring-and-Annoying-But-Sometimes-OH-SO!-Gratifying Pickleball Lob Shot.
Learn how to master the lob shot
Okay, here’s a little bit of a rant… Ready?
Getting Better Takes Effort
You have to practice to get better. You have to play against different players to get better. You have to pay for your mistakes in order to get better.
You won’t get better if you keep doing the exact same things you’ve always done. You won’t win more games if you keep hitting the same number of unforced errors. And, you can wish all you want that the tooth-fairy will grant you better pickleball skills, but I’m sorry to say, it probably isn’t going to help next time you’re out on the court.
If you’ve been playing pickleball for any length of time, you’ve probably asked yourself three questions:
- Should I buy a new pickleball paddle?
- What kind of paddle should I buy?
- With so many options, how do I know which one is right for me?