The error that is making you lose more games and more rallies than youprobably should is pressing. You are essentially pushingtoo hard, trying too hard. You're hitting shots where thesituation does not warrant. It when attacks aren't available,attacks that are too hard, when a softer attack will do, playing aroundwith the net and things like that. Let's talk about a common one. So a common one isoverhitting an attack ball. So say you have a ball up here and all youhave to do is that will accomplish a job.

That will be the winner. But instead, what do you do? You go like this and you crank that ball. And when you crank the ball,you end up hitting it 4ft out. That's an example of pressing. You're trying to do morethan the situation requires. That's causing errors in your game, errors that are causing you the rallyand potentially the game. Another example ispressing relative to the net, meaning.

You're hitting too lowrelative to the net. That's a form of pressing. So what you're thinking to yourself is, I have to keep the ball super lowin order not to get attacked. So what you're going to do is you're going to hit your balls reallylow, really low by the net. And what ends up happening there is you'reincreasing the chance that you're going to hit the ball too deep, whichis why it's attackable. Instead of hitting the ball like that over.

The net, what you want to do is you wantto lift that ball over the net, right? Not press, not try and do something that's riskier and potentially results in anerror in the game by hitting it too low. Another example is attackingwhere attacks don't exist. The most common example of that would beyou get a ball here, you think there's a hole in the middle, or you're back here,right, somewhere here, and you think there's a hole in the middle, andyou go for the hole in the middle. A lot of times thathole is a phantom hole. It doesn't exist.

And if you want to check that out, wedid a whole game breakdown on that. I'll link it up here.You can check out some game footage so you can see how those holes that appearto exist really don't exist. But that's another exampleof pressing, right? It's a situation where the point or the rally at that stagedoesn't warrant an attack, especially not down that middle spot,but you're attacking it. And by attacking that middle spot, whatyou're doing is you're pressing, causing errors resulting in youpotentially losing the rally.

A final area where you may be pressing is when you feel under duressor when you feel pressure. So here you're up at thenon volley zone line. What happens is the other teamis moving up or has moved up. And so now you're feelingsome pressure up here. And what you end up doing is you can doone of two things is the most common one is you kind of push a dinka little bit too far. So you take a dink thatmaybe should look like this. It should be a nice, relaxed, sort of notreally defensive dink because you're.

Moving them around, but youtry and do more with it. So what you do is you endup pushing it like that. So you push it a little bit too far and what happens is that's the pop upthat gets slammed back at you. So that's an example ofpressing a little bit too much. When the situation doesn't warn them, they've closed, they've gained thenon volley zone on their line and you're They've come towards the netand what do a lot of us do. We get that ball and we try and attackit and results hitting into the net.

As opposed to, we're in trouble, right? And what we do is we lift that ball up, get back into positionand extend the rally. Pressing is one of these errors that,again, it's insidious, as I said at the beginning of the video,you don't really realize you're doing it, but that's a lot of times what'scausing these sorts of errors. When you're hitting those attack shots that don't really work, when you're tryingto do too much with the shots and hitting them long on, put awaysthose types of errors.

Those all emanate from oneerror, which is pressing. So how do you avoid pressing? The way you avoid pressing is you play the rally according to therhythm of the rally. I know it sounds kind of ephemeral, alittle bit vague, but that's how you learn to play the game or play the ralliesaccording to the rhythm is by just keep on working the rally, keepon dancing the dances. The way we like to say it, if you watchpro matches, what you'll see is when the rallies are good, in the sensethat they're just flowing.

Even when a team's in trouble,you'll see teams in trouble. That rally is flowing, that rally,they're respecting that dance, right? The rhythm they're dancing correctly whenthe rhythm gets broken is usually when the rally ends in favor of oneteam or the other team. So as you play, try and maybe slow yourself down a little bit onsome of the things you're doing. Notice when you're pressing. So notice when you hit a smash andit goes 4ft out, probably pressing. If you step off the line on a dink andjam it into the net, probably pressing.

If you attack down the middle and you get counter attacked, again,you're probably pressing. So notice those times when you're pressingand then the next time that situation arises, consider trying a different shotto see if you can acquire the rhythm of the game and you'llplay better pickleball. Have fun out there.
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These 4 pickleball errors are making you lose more games, and more rallies. They all stem from pressing. Essentially it’s pushing too hard. Hitting shots that you don’t need, attacking when an attack isn’t available, playing a hard ball when a soft one will do.

When you find yourself pressing, you are simply trying to do more than the situation requires. That’s causing errors in your pickleball game. Errors that are causing you the rally and potentially the game.

Another example is pressing is trying to hit the ball too low to the net. You think you need to hit the pickleball shot really low, really low, to avoid an error, and by doing so, you hit the net. by the net.

Another pickleball error and an example of pressing is attacking where attacks don’t exist. The most common situation is when you think there’s a hole in the middle, and you go for the hole in the middle. A lot of times that hole is a phantom hole. It doesn’t exist. And if you want to check that out, we did a whole game breakdown on that.

0:00 Introduction to the Pickleball Error – Pressing
0:26 Pickleball Error 1 – Overhitting your attack shots
0:57 Pickleball Error 2 – Hitting too Low Over the Net
1:32 Pickleball Error 3 – Attacking when no attack exists
2:20 Pickleball Error 4 – Attacking Under Duress
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4:07 How to Solve this Pickleball Error – Rhythm of the Pickleball Rally

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