Pickleball Power Game: Use LESS POWER and WIN MORE Points????

Pickleball Power Game: Use LESS POWER and WIN MORE Points????


Some of you might’ve looked at the
title of this video and thought CJ, what’s up? How are you going to win
more points with less power? Stay tuned. Hey everybody, it’s CJ Johnson.
Welcome. If you’re new here, Better Pickleball is dedicated to helping
players over 50 play great pickleball and live their best lives
off the court as well. There’s a trend in pickleball towards
power and I agree that power is important. It has its place, but even at the
top levels, power isn’t everything. I’m curious, do you consider yourself a power
player or a placement player? Put it down in the comments below. Most players would win more points
if they were more concerned about the placement of the shot
versus how hard they hit it. How many times have you been in a position
where you should be able to put the ball away, but instead of using your head, you keep hitting it harder
and harder and harder. It’s easy to look at this clip
and think he’s on the ground, stop hitting it back to him and use the
angle to his side to win this point. Now I’m not going to pick on this guy
cause I think we’ve all been in the position where our default is just to
continue to try and overpower a player. That’s why I say in many cases,
power isn’t the answer. Placement is. Here’s a general rule of thumb that I
like to teach when it comes to power, hit the ball as hard as you can
without sacrificing placement. Giving up placement for power
is not usually the best choice. Let me show you a couple of
instances of power and placement. True or false. A powerful
serve is the best serve. False. The best serve is one
that causes a weak return. Once you’ve mastered getting the serve
in a well-placed serve can cause more problems than a power serve. Even new pickleball players
get used to power very quickly. How well do you place your serve? Can you make a player use their weakest
shot for the return? Say their backhand. Are you able to make a
player move to get the ball, especially someone who might not be very
mobile? Are you able to hit a higher, softer serve to the back of the court? Something that your opponents
may not be used to seeing. There aren’t many ACEs in pickleball
and your serve doesn’t need to create a fault, but if you can position your serve to
create a weak return or perhaps to pull the receiving team out of
position, then it’s a good serve. The next myth, true or false, a powerful return is the best return.
If you said false, you’re right, a good return is one that creates a
difficult third shot for the team or makes it harder for them to get
to the non volley zone. If you choose to hit a hard
return to the serving team, you may cause them trouble
on that third shot, but it also lessens the time
you have to get to the net. You might get a greater advantage and
win more points by hitting the ball soft and deep so your team can take
advantage of its position at the net. Have you ever thought about an angled
return that pulls your opponents off the court and opens up the
next shot for your team? Since you have less court to
work with, when you use an angle, placement is the premium not power. What if you happen to see your opponents
standing far behind the baseline, a short, soft return to their weak side
may create the fault you’re looking for? Let’s talk about one of the most powerful
shots in pickleball. True or false. A powerful overhead is the best overhead. I’d say false for this one as well. A wellplaced overhead out of the reach
of an opponent in between opponents or directly at their feet
is the best overhead. You’ll notice that after Jeff Warnick
tries a powerful overhead and Jesse Irvine follows that up with a hard
hit ball to the baseline. He opts for an angled shot to the backhand
and Irena is so fast she almost gets there, but ultimately
causes the miss. Sure, power is an option but only hit the ball
as hard as you can without sacrificing placement. Now it’s time to explore some
other options, by clicking over here. If you got value from this
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