Tony and i have taught and played all over the country and every time we step on the courts we see players making these same mistakes so let's start with what i like to call the number one offender and it has to do with the non-volley zone that you can't step in to the.

Non-volley zone until the ball has bounced not true now i do know this the non-volley zone causes more confusion probably than anywhere on the court so if you're not really sure what to do in the non-volley.

Zone i'm going to link to a video right here and it talks all about the rules of the noun volley zone let's define two of the terms that cause misconceptions the first one is a volley so go ahead lori hit me a volley a volley is a ball that's hit out of the air i am not allowing that ball to bounce so that's a volley.

Now when i'm up here at the non-volley zone a ball that bounces we typically call it a dink but if you look in the rule book it's actually defined as a ground stroke that's a ball that's allowed to bounce so those are the two terms that we want to make sure that we have a definition for rule 9e says that a player may enter.

The non-volley zone at any time other than volleying a ball so i mean if i'm here with lori i can come in here and i can dink with her i can stand in the non-volley zone i never have to leave the non-volley zone there's nothing in the rules that tells me when.

I have to go in the non-volley zone or when i can go in the non-volley zone and when i have to leave the non-volley zone from a strategic standpoint it's not a good idea to stay in the non-volley zone if i'm here and i'm dinking with lori we're dinking what she's going to do is hit me a volley so she's going to hit a ball that i have to.

Hit a volley and the minute i hit the volley i have now committed a fault but i don't have to wait until the bowel bounces to go into the non-volley zone to get it in fact oftentimes if you're making this mistake if you've trained yourself to do this if.

You're making this mistake chances are you're hurting your game how could it be hurting your game well if you've trained yourself to do this and you're staying out of the nvz until the ball actually bounces and you play against a good dinker go ahead lori let's dink you play against a good dinker like lori and now.

She's gonna drop one in pretty close to the net and i wait for it to bounce i am going to be stressed for time to be able to get that ball in fact i might not even be able to get the ball if it's really close to the net and i'm waiting for the ball to bounce so that is misconception and a plain not true number one you do not have to wait for.

The ball to bounce before you go into the non-volley zone number two we hear this all the time in fact this is the reason that the better pickleball channel started we here run to the non-volley zone as fast as you can.

Now in fairness this one is 50 percent true because it's true on one side and it's not true on the other side so if lori and i are partners and we are on the return side so the serve is on the side where the camera is right now and laurie's my partner i am the returner by virtue of the two bounce rule i have got to let.

That ball bounce i have to hit the ground stroke okay so i've got to to let the ball bounce and i have to hit the ground stroke when i am on the return side yes it's true i want to after i've hit my ground stroke run up here as fast as i can and join my.

Partner at the non-volley zone but it is not true on the serve side so lori and i are going to go back and we are now the serve team so uh the side that the camera is on is the return side so if we're here and the the the return is coming to laurie.

And i just blindly run up and you see this all the time she gets ready to hit the shot and i blindly run up here to the non-volley zone and she hits that ball a little too deep so it's about this point on our opponent's paddle i'm gonna get slammed with the ball.

That's not only not fun i we always joke i don't like eating plastic not only is it not fun but you're gonna lose the point and it's completely the wrong strategy so it depends this run to the non-volley zone as fast as you can depends on what side of the ball you're on are you the return side then yes it's correct.

Are you the serve sign then absolutely not you need to negotiate this 15 feet and we call it the hardest 15 feet in pickleball we're not going to talk about it in this video but we have another video you can click on that link that will help you to learn to negotiate when.

You're the serve side but what you need to do is think return side that's good advice serve side it's not true stamp out that myth number three is if you have a weak backhand just simply run around it that is bad advice that could be hurting your game fact of the matter is we all.

Have one side that's going to be stronger than the other some of us it's our forehand for some of us it's our backhand most people the backhand is weaker than the forehand and while you might have the temptation to run around it it's not good advice it's just untrue for a variety of reasons the very first one is.

Is this is i in just a second i'm going to have lori feed me a ball and i'm going to have her feed it to my backhand side what you're going to notice is that when i run around that shot i pull myself out of position on the court look ahead lori feed me a ball over on this side and when i run around it i put myself.

Out of position and i put a lot of stress on my stroke to execute a good shot so i'm out of position i'm putting stress on myself those are two things the third thing is this is at some point in time you're gonna have to learn how to use your backhand so you might as well start using it.

Right away and an easy way to think of it an easy way to get in the habit of using your backhand is this is think of the paddle as having two sides and we're actually gonna color those sides so i'm going to call my forehand side green and i'm going to call my backhand side blue so anytime a ball comes to this side of my body i want to hit it with the green.

Side of the paddle anytime the ball comes to this side of my body i'm going to hit it with the blue side of the paddle so now what i'm going to do is i'm going to have laurie feed me first a ball to the green side of the paddle and then i'm going to have her feed me the next ball to the blue side of the paddle so i get used to it so go ahead.

Lori feed me first to the green side nice and now to the blue side of the paddle awesome so think of one side of one color and one side as the other color now these are just three reasons that you don't want to listen to all the.

Advice that you get on the courts no matter how good you think that player may be what they're telling you might be wrong i'm curious what was the worst piece of advice you got that you know now is not true put it down in the comments below because together we can train smart live bold and age well
Chances are you were taught at least one of these 3 mistakes, and it might be hurting your game today! If you’d like to access our Free Beginner Video series go to www.wearepickleball.com/beginners

0:00 Introduction to these 3 common pickleball mistakes
:15 Mistake #1-the ball has to bounce before you can enter the Non-Volley Zone (aka Pickleball Kitchen)
3:37 Mistake #2-run to the Non-Volley Zone as fast as you can after the third shot drop
6:05 Mistake #3-run around a weak backhand

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