Sometimes you're up in the line and either you or your partner accidentally sends a popped up ball over to your opponents that puts you in quite a tough situation on the very next shot that's coming back now we're specifically talking about the instance when it's quite a bad Pop-Up and they're able to hit with a downward trajectory on you.
It's going to happen no matter how good you are you will cough up a high pop-up that just sits there and a massive attack is incoming in fact it'll probably happen multiple times over the course of the game but one of the main things that separates the best from the rest is their ability to handle this type of situation even though they're on.
The extreme defense at this stage of a point we're going to break down the five big mistakes that many many players make at this stage that's killing their chances of turning things back around and what the best players do correctly that keeps them in the point with the chance to win it I'm Nicole Havlicek this is primetime pickleball let's dive.
Into today's topic missing one of our videos is like missing an easy put away don't let that be you subscribe now this is Katie Pooler she's a former highly ranked Vision One tennis player and has recently made the transition to pickleball having started to take it seriously earlier this year she's.
Already meddling at 5-0 tournaments so clearly the transition is going well that really comes as no surprise for a few reasons she already comes with a high level of athleticism paddle ability Court awareness and strategic understanding which continues to develop because of her extreme willingness to adapt and learn she's extremely.
Coachable and is always looking for that edge where she can improve and is willing to put in the work to get there that last point is frankly arguably the greatest strength any pickleball player could have if you have that willingness you'll go far because you'll do what it takes we're going to take a look at how Katie handles defending a high pop-up.
That comes back hard so we can see how it's done correctly and fix the five big mistakes that most players make when in this very same situation pickleball strategy is evolving at a rapid Pace as the popularity of the game skyrockets although many fundamental strategies remain as they are tried and true and will stand the test of time boundaries.
Are constantly being pushed and some old ways must make way for the new as they get tested and become proven winners over old strategies one of these dinosaur strategies as I often call them because they're now extinct is to stand your ground at the non-volley zone line and never back up no matter what this strategy makes no sense and never really.
Did even though it was and sometimes still is spouted by well-meaning coaches and fellow players there is no sport that I can think of where you don't drop back in the court or the field in order to defend and give yourself time and space to absorb and Defuse The imminent attack you're just a Sitting Duck if you stay up there and have very little.
Chance of getting the ball back in a helpful way if you can see that a massive full powered downward attack is coming your way you've given yourself nearly zero time to react now if you find your current opponent's most powerful shot is rather weak then by all means go ahead and stay up there if you're not going to be pressed by it.
You'll do just fine but for the sake of this video we're going to assume they can bring some rather menacing power the smart thing to do is to buy yourself some time and back up but there's a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it many back up and effectively are running away from the shot while giving a half-hearted defensive effort by kind.
Of throwing their paddle at the ball that's not going to work your odds of winning that point are nearly zero when you're defending a hard shot in that way the correct thing to do is to back up quickly get balance and get your legs under you before your opponent has made contact with the ball so that you're not falling back as you hit so that is key.
Number one drop back quickly and get yourself balanced with your body leaning slightly forward by the time you're hitting the shot so that you're meeting the ball and not running away from it everything else we're going to cover is irrelevant if you don't get this right so this is Step number one and it is Mission critical drop back as far as you.
Reasonably can while timing it right so that by the time they're hitting you're balanced and set before we continue with today's video in just a few moments we want to make sure that you don't miss out on the growing resource of pickleball tips techniques tactics trainings and more to help you up your game over at primetimepickleball.com be.
Sure to jump on over there to stay up to date with Cutting Edge pickleball information all designed to help you get the tools you need to become the player you want to be visit primetimepicable.com today mistake number two is standing Too Tall this goes hand in hand with step number one of dropping back and getting.
Balanced one of the ways this gets messed up is that even if you do get back and get balanced many players are simply standing Too Tall this works against you because a great majority of the time the ball is coming low if they're smart they'll be hitting towards your lower legs or low and Away forcing you into a low contact is to their great.
Benefit because it increases the chances that you'll send it back to them high so that they can keep attacking or miss it outright you're going to be reaching down a lot to deal with these shots also you're gonna have a hard time if you have to move to retrieve the shot if you have no Bend in your knee that is ready to give you an explosive step to get to.
It should you have to move but another big benefit that is often overlooked but highly important is that you also need to get low in order to allow your body to absorb some of the pace from the incoming shot players often struggle with defending because they fail to understand how to absorb paste from the ball your knees need to be bent so that.
In addition to other ways that we'll discuss shortly your lower body can assist you in absorbing some of the pace of the ball you need to get low in order to deal with these hard attacking shots when you are further back in the court have a 25 or so bend in your knee and a stance that is at least as wide as your shoulders so drop back and sit get that.
Center of gravity low and it will really help your defensive gain if you're enjoying this video please go ahead and hit that like button and subscribe to this Channel and also hit that notification Bell icon so you can be notified anytime we release a new video mistake number three is too much swing we often see too much motion happening.
With the arms on resets and blocking type shots and this can apply to too much backswing or too much follow through or both when you're being attacked with a full force shot from your opponents you typically don't need to move the paddle all that much your opponent is already supplying nearly all the energy that is needed for the ball.
To get back over the net your main job is to deflect it back at the right angle so that it clears the net and still drops into the kitchen or at least creates a low contact point for them if they're hitting an off speed attack like 60 or 70 percent of their max power then you may need to push forward some and have a small motion with your arm but.
Far too many players overdo it and are swinging way too much on blocks and resets this will kill the shot alright now that we have that squared away let's look at another mistake made with various parts of the hand and arm when defending these hard shots mistake number four overly tight arm and grip we hear a lot about an overly tight grip.
When it comes to blocking and resetting and it's true many people often have too tight of a grip during contact which produces too much rebound energy onto the ball and it rockets off your paddle and goes higher harder and deeper than you would like leaving you exposed to repeated attacks so yes loosen up that grip grip it enough to keep the paddle.
Stable but Loose enough to let your hand absorb some speed off the ball but it doesn't stop there in order to achieve a looser hand your whole arm starting from your shoulder needs to be on the looser side as well so that it too can help absorb some of the pace and remember when we talked about having a bend in your knees your whole body is involved.
In absorbing some Pace off the ball it's not simply the looser grip that accomplishes this strike a balance between acting as a wall off which the ball bounces with enough softness in your body to absorb the necessary case off the ball the correct paddle angle face plus the right amount of looseness in order to soften the shot up are the.
Keys to successful blocking and it comes down to feel knowing this alone won't get you very far so you're going to need to train this relentlessly to master it and everyone needs to figure that feel out for themselves no one can tell you that you simply have to go out there and rep and rep and rep until you feel it now this dovetails right into our next.
Mistake which is non-specific training I'm a big fan of drilling I'm a huge fan of working on defending hard shots with resets and one of the simplest ways to do that is starting from the transition zone staying there and continuously resetting from there that will get you very far and yes it will help you with this skill but what you're missing here.
With this drill is building the skill of backing up and defending with a reset with the goal of then following it back in you're missing out on timing your split step right on rebalancing yourself and successfully transitioning your backwards momentum to neutral to forward and all the other nuances in between that that make this a unique skill set.
When you combine all the parts together here you'll see that Katie starts at the line and feeds a simulated pop-up and then gets to work on how she would defend it and this is what I would recommend to make this more realistic and bring much more specificity to your training which does a far better job of building the exact skill that you're.
After resetting and blocking hard shots is arguably one of the hardest if not the hardest skill in pickleball Pros routinely state that this skill is the one they train the most by far you too should place a great emphasis on training blocking and resetting having great defense is a huge asset so get out there and get to it if you enjoyed this.
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Sometimes you’re up at the line and either you or you partner accidentally sends a popped up ball over to your opponents that puts you in quite a tough situation right away.
We’re specifically talking about the instance when it’s quite a bad pop and they are able to hit with a downward trajectory on you. It’s going to happen no matter how good you are. You will cough up a high pop that just sits there and a massive attack is incoming.
But, one of the main things that separates the best from the rest is their ability to handle this type of situation even though they are on the extreme defense at this stage of a point.
In this video, we’re going to break down the 5 big mistakes that many, many players make at this stage that’s killing their chances of turning things back around and what the best players do correctly that keeps them in the point with a chance to win it.
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