These 7 Best Pickleball Tactics Will Make You Win Every Game

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Pickleball is a game of tactics. Some people have even called it chess standing up, putting pressure on your opponent is a key aspect of this pickleball approach. If you can put pressure on your opponent, they will either be forced to take a defensive stance or make a mistake when trying to take an attacking shot. Constant rather than intermittent pressure on your opponent is crucial.

The question is how do you keep the pressure on? Playing aggressively is key to exerting pressure. This is not to say that you should go full throttle and try to hit everything with your weapons. While speed and driving ability are certainly indicators of aggression. They are by no means the only ones. The greatest way to play pickleball and put pressure on your opponents is to be more aggressive and we can tell you how to do that.

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In today’s article, we’re going to talk about seven deadly pickleball tactics that will make you win every game. Make sure to read the article till the end where we’ll share how you can master the art of hitting pickleball like a pro.

Number 1. Take balls early

First, get early balls. The implication is that you should catch the balls in flight whenever possible. The more shots you can knock out of the sky, the less time your opponents will have to react to your own. To exert pressure and play aggressively it’s essential to get an advantage over your opponent in terms of time.

Number 2. Hit the pickleball on the rise

In the same line getting the ball first, trying hitting the pickleball when it’s rising. As a result, you’ll be able to get an early start on the pickleball and give yourself a time advantage over your opponent.

You may maintain your position on the Pickleball court and prevent yourself from having to retreat back into the court by striking the ball while it’s still rising, rather than waiting for it to reach its apex or for it to begin its descent. Most of the points are scored at the kitchen line, making it crucial to retain your territory there.

Pickleball should be played by taking balls early, but if you can’t get them out of the air, you should try to hit them as they rise. If you manage to pick a ball while it’s rising, however, you’ll want to get low and stay low for the duration of your shot.

It’s easy to hit up or pop up the pickleball if you’re swinging from a low stance below the pickleball net, for example, one way to avoid this is to take the pickleball as it’s rising and then maintain a low, steady stance while making your shot.

Number 3. Use spin smartly

Spin, Whether it’s topspin, backspin, or side spin is always a threat, in pickleball and a surefire way to increase the pressure you put on your opponents. Give your shot some spin if you can. Whether dinks, drives, drop, serves, returns of serves, etc.

You should spin some shots, but not others. There isn’t a simple way to counter-spin with more spin if your opponent is using spin against you. You should be wary about responding with an additional spin on your own shot. It’s not easy to avoid making mistakes when attempting to counter-spin with spin.

Number 4. Use speed smartly

Spin is the only way to exert pressure on your opponent’s speed and strength can too. Rapidity is not always easy to manage. Just ask any banger versus dinker matchup. While spin and speed can be useful, the former should be employed with caution, in order to hurry up not every shot is a good one.

As an illustration, if you try to speed up the pickleball that’s sitting below the net, you can end yourself smashing it into the net or beyond bounds. As you’ll need to hit up on the pickleball to get the pickleball up and over the pickleball net. Pickleball players who want to increase the pace of the game should aim for the opponent’s feet, hips, or paddle-side shoulder, all of which are difficult targets.

Number 5. Compress and lean in

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As was previously said, the nonvolley zone line is where most points are scored. It’s, therefore, crucial to reach the nonvolley zone line and maintain possession of it if one wants to score points.

Use your feet aggressively to reach the non-volley zone line, while remembering to split step every time just before your opponents strike the pickleball. Compress maintain a low athletic stance, and be ready to respond once you’ve arrived. Be able to react to a lob above your head by leaning in to catch it, but maintain your equilibrium while you do so.

Number 6. Take more steps

Move those feet. Your court coverage and ability to respond to the pickleball will both improve as you increase your step count. The pressure you put on your opponent will increase as you play better pickleball and are able to return the ball over the debt more quickly.

For this reason, top players are known for taking a large number of tiny steps and split-stepping before their opponent’s shots. If you want to keep moving forward, you need to keep walking. You can exert more pressure on your opponents if you can shift your feet effectively.

Number 7. Use your body weight

Oftentimes, pickleball players only hit with their arms. However, to hit stronger, more powerful, more intentional shots. You should try to hit with your entire body, which includes your legs and core your strongest body parts.

To do this, use your body weight and try transferring your weight on your shots by just transferring your weight. You may be surprised at the power and intention you will have in your shots, which will translate into aggressiveness and pressure on the pickleball court.

Remember, aggressiveness is not all about big drives every time. Aggressiveness can come in the form of taking time away from your opponents, holding your court position, and getting to the kitchen line. Spin on your shot’s shot placement, better reaction time, court coverage, and of course, speed or power.

Here are some of the basic effective shots you can use to set yourself up for success on the court.

(I) serving

When serving, you swing from low to high and strike the ball below your waist, which is the opposite of what you do when playing tennis. Try not to slap the ball with your arm, forearm, and wrist instead of using a proper hitting motion.

Making contact with a ball should seem natural, so it’s important to use as many of your body’s muscles as possible to generate as much force as possible. Initiating the serve by taking a forward step is easy at first, whether you have a closed or semi-open stance, you should rotate your shoulders to the side so that you face the net by the time you complete your swing, it’s important to loosen up your grip and swing in order to achieve this.

Imagine slicing through a row of three balls to get your paddle headed in the right direction. This ensures a full contact stroke and prevents you from turning too rapidly.

(II) Groundstrokes

When playing from a more backcourt position, you’ll need to hit groundstrokes, which include hitting the ball after it’s bounced once. For instance, while serving a refund you’ll also need them when approaching the net or playing a shot from a position closer to the baseline.

Even while groundstrokes don’t account for a large portion of pickleball doubles, you’ll still need to master them so that you can properly position yourself for your approach to the net return of serve and third shot drop

(III) Footwork and swing

Before you even think of swinging. Be sure your feet are where they need to be. Adjust your stance by moving back to the side or forward such that the ball is in front of your body at contact. Try not to adjust your position when swinging at the ball, you’ll be off-kilter and your aim will suffer as a result. It’s best to strike the ball with a brief backswing and then shift your weight forward into the balls of your feet.

Do not bother lifting your heels. Instead, shift your body’s weight to the balls of your feet. This will aid in containing the pickleball and allow you to channel your full level of focus and energy into each shot, resulting in faster, harder strikes.

(IV) Volleys

Volleys are struck directly from the air without waiting for the ball to bounce. A ball is a short, compact stroke that can be hit with either finesse or strength, depending on the position of you and your opponent on the court. When volleying, focus on keeping your paddle face steady.

You should push the ball with the paddle face slightly open and with both the forehand and backhand strokes, the paddle has moved forward a short distance while maintaining the same paddle face angle.

Contacting the ball at a distance of one or two feet from your body will give you the most control over your volleys. If you make contact with the ball too close to your chest, shots will miss the goal or go into the net.

Conclusion

Pickleball players who want to succeed with their shots should first master the game’s fundamental strokes before moving on to more complex techniques. If your principles are solid, you’ll have a great deal of success.

If you want to perfect your strokes and guarantee that your feet are in the right spot in relation to where the ball lands. Practicing against a wall is a must. So do you like playing aggressive games and pickleball? Tell us in the comments. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your fellow picklers.

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