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.
What I my best strategy playing against a tall 6’2” player that slams the ball down at you all the time other than trying to keep the ball low toward his feet when you return it? Thanks……Paul
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Keith H says
Hi and thanks for all you do!
You said “A right handed player slices and the ball goes to your left after the bounce. A left handed player slices and the ball goes to your right.”
That is only half the story – depending on which side of the ball the right hander is hitting, and whether it is a forehand or backhand, the bounce can go left or right. I (right handed) slice a backhand so it hops to the receiver’s right and a forehand slice hops to their left. I think you were simply describing a forehand slice and ignoring the backhand.
Good catch. Thanks for keeping me focused
Thanks for your insights
Mike Folster says
I like everyone to know what a classy guy u are. Last November , on Sunday, you gave a clinic in Reno, NV at a gym called Evelyn Mount”
About 6 of us usually play at that gym but we didn’t know you had rented the whole gym for your clinic.
Without hesitation you offered us space at the other end of the basketball court so we could play.
I for one was very impressed with your generosity.
Thank you again
Awww thanks Mike
Hope to see you soon