We covered the three states of pickleball in our last blog post. Now, let's go over how to react in these scenarios.
- Create space - Back up, move away from the kitchen line to give yourself more time to react to the next shot.
- Make it bounce - Land the ball in the kitchen to give yourself time to recover and improve court position before their next shot.
- Flip the point - Get back to neutral or offense instead of trying to hit high risks winners.
- Keep the advantage - Push the odds further in your favor. Keep them back in the court. Hit the ball at their feet to force a mistake, or into the open court for a winner.
- Close the gap - Get all the way to the kitchen line, lean in to eliminate more space.
- Hold your ground - Focus on not surrendering a high ball or dead dink.
- Create an advantage - Increase dink complexity to create an advantage. Force an off-balanced shot or a ball at their feet.OR
- Wait them out - Wait for the other team to attack early or make a dink error.
Shot selection doesn’t need to be difficult. Start playing smart pickleball and watch the wins roll in.