I'm Matt from the pickleball clinic and today I'm going to share with you my top four things that beginners must do to reach an intermediate level all players at the 3.0 plus so whether 30354 out all the way up to Pro they're all doing these things and you will not progress past the beginner if you don't learn to do these as well.

our first tip is to make sure that you're staying in the ready position between every single shot if you don't know what the ready position is that's when we're holding the paddle right up in the middle right in the middle of our body so that way we're able to equally hit a forehand or a backhand without.

Leaning towards any one side when we're in the ready position we're ready for the ball to come at us whether it's a volley a dink an overhead forehand backhand any shot we're ready to hit it from this position one thing that we see beginners doing all the time is laying their paddle drop after each shot leaving them vulnerable to an attack.

So I'm thinking here I'm going back to my ready position no matter what shot comes to me I'm gonna be ready for it what we don't want to do is let the paddle drop because if I'm leaving my paddle down here and my opponent comes to attack there's no way I'm going to be able to prepare for it if I'm in my ready position all I got to do is turn.

The paddle and block turn the paddle and block if I'm waiting with my paddle down I gotta bring it up and then turn my hand to block it so I always want to be rating right here in the middle for the next shot the ready position doesn't just apply at the kitchen Line This is the strategy that we want to use everywhere in the court on all of our.

Shots if I'm returning a serve I can wait here in the ready position and I'm ready to hit a forehand if it comes to my forehand if what comes to my backhand I'm going to be ready to hit my backhand doesn't matter where I am or what shot I'm hitting I'm always going to be ready if I'm waiting to create a third shot I'm ready to drive it if I want to hit a.

Drop I'm ready to drop it no matter what the shot is I'm always ready to go when I'm in my ready position our second tip that beginners must Master is eliminating your backswing on dinks and volleys your back swing is when you bring the paddle back before you hit the shot we don't want that on our dinks in our volleys when we're at.

The kitchen line there's only 14 feet between you and your opponent so that's not enough time to react if you bring the paddle back so if I'm here and I'm going for a danker volley and I'm pulling the paddle back behind me I'm either one going to hit it way too hard so it goes out or two I'm gonna be taking too much time to.

Hit so I'm not ready for the next shot so what I'm thinking here notice how the paddle's always out in front I'm still up in my ready position and I'm just hitting the ball from a minimal backswing that's staying out in front of my feet the entire time and then from here if I get a volley I'm going to keep that.

Backswing very compact too everything is always out in front whether it's a forehand or a backhand it's compact if I take a huge swing I'm gonna lose time so here if I'm taking a big backswing I have no time to prepare for the next shot that looks crazy because it is you have to keep the backswing to a minimum.

Our third tip is to make sure that we're keeping our feet moving by staying on our toes instead of hitting from our heels so anytime I'm waiting for my next shot in addition to being in my ready position I want to be up on my toes so that I'm prepared for anything if I'm flat-footed And my heels hit the ground it's going to be really hard for me to.

Pick my feet up and then get over to wherever the shot was but if I'm on my toes I don't have to do anything I can move to wherever that ball is if you're a more advanced player you can even incorporate a little bit of a split step into it or if you're a tennis player coming from a racket sport but as long as you're staying on your.

Toes you can cover the entire kitchen and get to anything your opponent throws at you and our follow-up to that tip is to make sure that you're shuffling instead of turning and running so we're moving side to side and staying on those toes we want to stay Square in the kitchen when we move side to side.

So I'm not turning my body to move even if I move at a slight angle when I get to the ball my movements to get there always going to be side to side instead of turning and moving like this they're turning and moving like that it's going to be much less efficient our fourth and final tip for today is to make sure that you're standing your ground at the.

Kitchen line and not backing up off it one thing that we see beginners doing all the time is taking several steps back up off the kitchen line and not even coming back up to it so when they're rallying and the ball comes deep they're backing up to hit it and they're getting stuck back here and they keep backing up and backing up to hit these.

Deep balls instead if the ball is going to bounce past the kitchen line hit it out of the air hold your ground hold your line this is going to put you in a much more offensive position and it makes it harder for your opponents to hit you by your feet the worst place to hit the ball is down by your feet it's super awkward as much as you can prevent.

It you want to get the ball away from your feet by hitting it out of the air if it's going past the kitchen line or if it's bouncing very close to the kitchen line take a very small step back but anytime you do that come right back up to prepared for the next shot and we like to think that backing up to let balls bounce that are going beyond the.

Kitchen line is leaving money on the table if I'm hitting a ball from back here and letting it bounce I can't really attack that but that same shot if I'm hitting it from here I can hit that all day as an offensive shot think about these tips next time you're out on the court and you will immediately see results you will see.

Your game improve drastically just from those four simple tips and again that's what those 3.0 and 3.5 level players are doing that maybe you're not doing yet but once you master them you'll be competing with them as well
Matt from The Pickleball Clinic talks about 4 things beginner players must do to move up to an intermediate level, including staying in your ready position, keeping your feet active, eliminating your backswing on dinks and volleys, and holding your ground at the kitchen line. Enjoy, and we hope this helps your game!

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