Today’s Tuesday Tip is brought to you from Tony Roig with In2Pickle.
“A quick tip about how to avoid this pickleball error. This error tends to happen during return of serve and during third shots; players will rush in towards the incoming ball. In addition to causing errors it actually makes the incoming shot faster. Let the ball peak and then strike it. You will reduce your errors and gain more control over your shots.”
Recently, I shared Playtime Scheduler with my twin sister – Kathy Getto – who helps with Boise Area Pickleball Association. Kathy checked it out, loved it, and signed up as the Boise Idaho area administrator for Playtime Scheduler in the last week or so. Already, Boise has 70+ registered and more are signing up and using Playtime Scheduler daily! I have also talked to Sacramento area players who use and rave about it, too.
I have signed up as the administrator for the greater Truckee Meadows area which currently includes two areas – Reno & Sparks as well as Carson Valley and Fallon. As the administrator, I have added all outdoor pickleball courts and all of the indoor facilities that I am aware of. If you want additional courts added, please email TMPC with the information.
The application also allows for invite only sessions if you want to set up private play dates. No more group texts bouncing all around cyberspace over and over again!
Please feel free to sign up and use Playtime Scheduler and share it with your friends. It is FREE and the more that use it the better it will work for all of us. Not limited to TMPC Members but we sure hope all of you support TMPC.
Too busy to do a head count and forgot to do a group picture, but Freaky Friday was a great way to start out this membership year Friday evening at Hidden Valley Courts! We guessed 50+ players came out on a gorgeous late summer night.
Good play, good fun, good food and good times. Raffle tickets were given for each player that brought food, dressed freaky, or brought a friend. Gift certificates to Pickleball Central were given to four lucky ticket holders.
Board members did not draw the four tickets out of a bucket, but three board members did win a gift certificate.
Winners of the gift certificates: Tom Murtha, Netto Montoya, Paul Kocher, and Karen Wallis.
Thanks to all who came, played, visited and ate! Next events will be added to the Events page and we will keep you posted.
From gorgeous Incline Village, here is CJ Johnson with today’s Tuesday Tip. The split step is crucial and once you master it, you will notice that you aren’t hitting as many balls into the net as you move towards the kitchen.
“The fastest way to play better is to improve your pickleball footwork. The split step helps you move more efficiently on the court. Yet many players are don’t know how to use a split step. In today’s pickleball video we’ll cover the What, Why and When of the split step and give you a few drills to improve your groundstrokes and movement. Better footwork leads to pickleball consistency.”
*Free raffle tickets for Pickleball Central gift cards.
Bring a dish. *Get a free raffle ticket.
Bring a non-member friend to play. *Get a free raffle ticket.
Play with someone new. *Get a free raffle ticket.
DrEsS FrEaKy! *Get a free raffle ticket.
GOT A PADDLE GATHERING DUST?
TMPC Members Netto Montoya and Nick Sharp will soon be teaching pickleball to the youth in the Truckee Meadows.
If you have paddles you would like to donate, please bring them to the social, give them to Netto or Nick, or contact TMPC so we can get the old paddles from you. Thank you for helping us spread pickleball to Truckee Meadows youth!
Future TMPC events have been added to our Events page. Be sure to check them out.
Do watch PB games in person and online to learn the game better? Watch and learn, grasshopper. :o)
Watch all the dinking – cross court and straight on, reset shots – take a drive and neutralize it, and be ready for every shot to come back – no matter how beautiful your shot is. Be honest. We’ve all thought there is no way they will get my last shot back and then SURPRISE!
From Pickleball Channel: “WOW! This is an amazing 68 shot rally definitely worthy to be called “Point of the Day”. In the PRO Men’s Doubles semi-final match at the inaugural Las Vegas Pickleball Open, a spectacular point took place. It went to 68 shots, filled with strategic dinking and intense volley exchanges. Kyle Yates and Ben Johns squared up against Callan Dawson and Tyler Loong in this amazing semi-finals match that went to 3 games. They then went on to play each other again for the gold medal match later in the day. This is some hot pickleball, and you don’t want to miss this impressive point! This is the kind of point that makes you proud to play pickleball.”
Lastly, we have this video from Mark Renneson at Third Shot Sports who offers his opinion and reasons why he feels the “Paddle Up” mantra that is repeated so often by many coaches to beginner pickleball players is not necessarily good advice …and may actually be creating bad habits that are detrimental to your pickleball game!
The video does a great job showing many examples of top-level players who do NOT keep their paddle up high. In fact, some of the clips show them consistently holding your pickleball paddle at waist height or even below –down near their thighs while in the ready position waiting to return the next shot. Mark also explains that keeping your paddle too high will elevates your center of gravity which makes it difficult to move quickly.
It may be a matter of compromise, some players are willing to give up some paddle readiness to have a lower center of gravity and move better on the court.