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Ready - Fire - Aim!
 
If you didn't know better you might think the most common pickleball playing technique could best be described as Ready - Fire - Aim! From time to time you may even feel that way about your own game.
 
One way to pull things back on track is to pause and reframe the way you think about the game using these three simple ideas:
 
POSITION - PLACEMENT - PATIENCE
 
POSITION. Before and during a point, your physical location on the court and alignment with your target has an influence on the outcome of the point. Are you moving in sync with your partner? Are you set-up to attack your opponents' vulnerabilities? Are you prepared to protect yours? Are you stuck somewhere in no-man's land or have you made a strong move to the NV Line?
 
   
(Images Courtesy Piper Grand/Wicked Pickleball)
 
PLACEMENT. Hitting a dink or drop, backhand, forehand, half-volley or overhead smash is not the same as doing it with intent? Not even close. Intent is that conscious choice we make to place the ball in a specific location with a specific amount of pace. When you hit with intent you are also far better prepared for the opponent's return. Intent needs thought and execution. Execution takes patience and lots of practice.
 
 
 
PATIENCE. Go slow to go fast. Quiet your head, quiet your hands. Let the game come to you. If you take the shot you can make versus the one you wish you could make, you have taken a BIG step toward taking control of your game. Rushing shots or taking high-risk shots may feel good....but winning a point by staying in it feels much better.
 

 
If you have any doubts about how those three elements actually "look" just take the time to watch this 2019 US Open Pro Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match....from start to finish.