I pickleballed my way from Florida to California last month in “The Pickleball Guru Van” (as my daughter has called it since she was two). Along the way there were several questions about how to deal with spin. Since my dance moves are limited, I’ll stick with pickleball spin. 🙂
PICKLEBALL SPIN: SIDE SPIN
PICKLEBALL SPIN: TOP SPIN
Don’t use a top spin in a serve because the point of impact of your serve needs to be lower than your navel, which is difficult to do hitting a top spin.
SIDE SPIN and TOP SPIN So how do you hit these spin shots?
Any spin shot that comes your way gets hit in the same manner. Slow down. Bend your knees. Watch the ball pop high or skip to a side. After it reaches the peak and starts falling–that’s when you strike. On the way down because the spin has spun itself out!
Once you’ve become comfortable with receiving and giving spins, move to the next level. Strike the ball right after the bounce–on a half volley or short hop. This early hit stops the spin action—something I learned from playing Cricket.
If you want to review this information and read more, check out my original post: How to Play Against Someone Who Spins the Ball
Then, go and try it out. Let me know how you do. And remember. No matter what, life is short and it’s only pickleball, so have fun with it.