I think most pickleball players do NOT play recreational games the same way they play in tournaments. Yes, you are out there playing rec. games with your friends on a social level. The only problem is you might be learning bad habits when you are only giving 50-75% during practice.
I observe players in the rec play. You will see players try shots they never would even think about doing during a tournament.
I have been playing for almost two years and I rarely come across a player that plays rec games at the same level they play tournaments. One player comes to mind, Riley Newman! Riley gives 100% every point, every game, every day he is on the court. It is a very “special” skill to have.
I am not saying to not have fun during rec play. I am saying to practice good habits. It is normal to work on “new shots” during rec play. It is NOT good to practice low percentage shots that you will never use once you get in the head of battle in a tournament.
Ryan Trefry “Tref”