Tuesday Tip – Backboard Wall Drills for Advanced

This is the third and final in a series from Joe Baker on wall drills.

Advanced Drills
  1. Forehand and backhand and alternating forehand and backhand machine gun speed volley shots
  2. Backhand backspin volleys
  3. Backhand topspin volleys
  4. Backhand left and right sidespin volleys (sawing motion)
  5. Alternating forehand and backhand side spin shots (paintbrush motion)
  6. Taking speed off the ball
  7. Volley to surprise lobThird shot drop shots into the kitchen
  8. Disguised lobs when dinking
  9. Disguised body shots when dinking
  10. Sharp angle shots when dinking
  11. Fake overhead smash shots

While the whole video is embedded below, here is a link to start the video right at the beginning of advanced drills at about 6:40 in the video: Advanced Wall Drills

Tuesday Tip – Backboard Wall Drills for Intermediates

This is the second in a series from Joe Baker on wall drills.

Intermediate wall drills will cover:
  1. Alternating forehand and backhand ground strokes imparting spin.
  2. Short hop shots to the feet.
  3. Forehand and backhand drop shots
  4. Forehand only dink shots steering the ball left and right
  5. Backhand only dink shots steering the ball left and right
  6. Alternating forehand and backhand dink shots steering the ball left and right
  7. Forehand only volley shots steering the ball left and right
  8. Backhand only volley shots steering the ball left and right
  9. Alternating forehand and backhand volley shots steering the ball left and right
  10. Forehand and backhand lob shots

While the whole video is embedded below, here is a link to start the video right at the beginning of intermediate drills which end about 6:40 in the video: Intermediate Wall Drills

Tuesday Tip – Backboard Wall Drills for Beginners

With indoor play comes opportunity for wall work. Joe Baker made a number of videos on backboard wall drills in 2016. Over the next few Tuesdays, the tips will show wall work drills for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced players.

Today’s video focuses on Beginner Drills and runs to about 3:30 in the video.

  1. Forehand and backhand ground strokes
  2. Alternating forehand and backhand ground strokes
  3. Serves
  4. Forehand and backhand volley shots
  5.  Alternating forehand and backhand volley shots, increasing speed and distance as your skill improves.

You can also do a lot of these drills at home using the foam golf balls shown in http://truckeemeadowspickleballclub.org/tuesday-tip-reaction-time-helps/.

Tuesday Tip – Reaction Time Helps

“Pickleball requires great reflexes! In this video, Third Shot Pickleball coach Mark Renneson demonstrates a variety of exercises you can do to improve your reaction time.”

 Many of these drills can be done indoors this winter with foam golf balls that won’t damage your walls or make noise. And amazingly enough, they react to your paddle very much like a regular pickleball!

These little foam balls can be purchased at many stores. I got a bucket of different colored balls at WalMart and we use them in Fallon for wall drills and sometimes warming up. After warming up with these little balls, a regular size pickleball will seem like you are playing with a canteloupe!

Weekly Update – Monday December 9

Weekly Clinics!

Truckee Meadows Pickleball Club was initially built off of weekly clinics that both introduced the game to new people and helped people become better players quickly so the games became much more fun.

Find out more about TMPC Weekly Clinics here!

TMPC Annual Members Banquet

Save the date and RSVP for the TMPC Annual Members Banquet which will be Saturday January 4th.  Delicious Italian food will be featured this year and we will have a resolution board and karaoke!

All members are invited at no cost! Guests are always welcome but will be asked to pay $15 prior to the event to cover part of the food costs.

RSVP by Saturday December 28th so we can have a plate ready for you!

By Laws Review

Did you know that TMPC has been an organized club for four years. The original By Laws were voted on July 20, 2015.

Recently, your board has received input from some board members and members of a few laws that perhaps could be updated with approval.

We are asking each TMPC member to review the current by laws and suggest any changes that would benefit the club and it’s members.

A couple of suggestions received so far include:

  • Allow multi year memberships (at a discount or not?)
  • Twelve month memberships starting on date of membership and not run July 1 to June 30.
  • Change the second degree of consanguinity  to first degree of cosanguinity for board members.
  • Online voting for board positions rather than mandatory attendance for general elections.

If you have suggestions for By Laws changes, please submit them by emailing the club here:  TruckeeMeadowsPickleballClub


Happy Thanksgiving and Catching Up





Catching Up Time Again

HOLIDAY CLOSURES – Please note Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday closures at local venues updated on the Indoor Courts page.

UPDATED WINTER HOURS AT THE MAC IN CARSON – Also please find the winter hours for the MAC on the Indoor Courts page.

SAVE THE DATES – Upcoming events for our area have been updated on the Events page.

These include the 2020 Reno Senior Games, TMPC’s January Bead Up Members Only Event, TMPC’s February Members Only Event Sweetheart King and Queen of the Court.

Alas, Jingle Balls is full but please be sure to watch your emails for the 2020 Reno Senior Games and TMPC member only events updates!

Tuesdays Tips – Mid Court Blocking and Play The Point Out

Third and final in a series of great videos with Simone Jardime on Block Volley Drills.

This week Simone Jardim and Eddie mix it up with volleys and mid court blocks into the kitchen. Then do the same but then play out the point.

Mid court block drill starts about 2/3’s of the way into the video. Remember this drill benefits both players. Not only do you benefit from working on your blocks, you will benefit from working on your drives and punches.

Click here to start the video right at  Mid Court Block Drills.

Try playing out the point with all these drills. Make a game of your drills and play against your drill partner to 5 points. Then change to another drill or mix up partners by going cross court or rotating.

Watch the full video below.

* Minimize your movement. * Out in front.  * Catch that ball out in front. * The less you do with the paddle the better. * Contact point out in front with that push. * Soft hands. *

TMPC Members Give Big on Warm Goodies Day

250+ Pieces of Clothing Donated!

Big thanks to all the members who came and played and donated warm clothing for kids at Boys & Girls Club at our Warm Goodies event today.

Big thanks to Judy Wasson for “womanning” the white board for a fun and efficient new way to keep the courts filled and players mixing it up! Sorry I didn’t get a picture of Judy with dry erase pen ready to fill in players.

And as always, thanks to the board members and all the members who stepped up to help run this fun event. TMPC has great members!

Thanks again members for another wonderful event.  Hope to see you on the courts soon!