Hi welcome to Brianna's pickleball my name is Jordan Briones and in today's video we are going to go over nine Revolutionary pickleball tips that are going to transform your game now let's Jump Right In all right so if you are coming from the game of tennis or maybe you're coming.

From a different racket sport these nine tips are really going to help you out let's jump right to the first one all right so the number one tip I'm going to give you is the grip this is the most basic thing but we need to start here there's a lot of different grips and players hold their paddles in different ways in this game I would definitely.

Recommend the Continental grip it looks like this or we can call it the shaking hands grip this is the most universal grip because you are going to be confident in hitting forehand and backhand shots without switching your grip at all this game is really fast so when we're up here at the non-volley zone and we are taking dinks or we're.

Taking volleys we want to be in this Continental grip so whether you hang your pan off the paddle a little bit like this or my pinky finger here some players choke up really really high like this that's okay too as long as you're in a continental you should be good to go so here we are at the nonvoyage online I'm in my Continental grip and.

Notice here I can take easily Four Hands and back hands okay we'll just dink a little bit even if I have to stretch in and reach like that horns and backhands are very comfortable for this shot when you're up at the non-voy Zone you're going to also be getting a lot of volleys so let's take a few of those and in this Continental grip.

I can take back hands like this and I'm going to take a little bit of forehand suit so even if I have to dig in there and then it'll take some backhands too so you can see how versatile this grip is up at the non-volley zone line make sure you're in that Continental grip all right so for tip number two we want to.

Adjust to the ball and we want to adjust to the paddle all right the pickleball paddle is unlike a tennis racket or maybe a racquetball racket so it's going to respond differently than probably what you're used to okay and also this Wiffle ball here does not bounce very high I can drop the ball above my head and you can see it does not come up past.

My waist so 99 of the balls you're going to get in pickleball aren't going to come up past your waist they're actually going to be very low so we have to compensate for that make sure when you are getting the ball hit at you we move to the ball we move quickly if it's short we want to see that early so that we could be in good position to hit the.

Ball alright so here Katrina is going to hit me a couple shots from the non-valley zone you can see all these shots he's hitting the ball isn't coming up very high whether I hit ground strokes or I'm going to hit some sort of drop like that all right we want to make sure that we get well prepared for the ball.

And why don't you hit me like some shorter ones here okay so if you see a short ball right here we really got to make sure that we move up to it okay hit me another short one here okay shorter up okay a little bit shorter one there.

We go so like that one you can see there you really have to move up and get to the ball because if you don't that ball is going to drop right in front of you all right so along with adjusting to the bounce of the ball we really need to adjust to the paddle remember I just talked about in the beginning how it doesn't have strings so in tennis which.

I played a lot of there's a lot of different grips there's like a western grip a semi-western grip with these kind of grips because there's not strings it's really hard to get the ball over especially when you're hitting drives and things like that so from the Baseline here I would recommend either a continental grip or maybe somewhere.

Close to an Eastern grip something like that for your forehand and backhand now some players do use a semi-western grip I think it's a lot harder to get that ball over consistently that's why I would recommend an Eastern grip for your forehand and backhand drives alright so we're going to show you a couple of dry lives here I like to hit an Eastern grip.

On my forehand and on my backhand if I'm driving the ball I'll either be in Continental or a little backhand Eastern grip okay here we go okay just to show you what it would look like in a full Western grip I'm going to show you a couple Clips here already on my mind when it gets late.

At one end all right so I know those examples were a little extreme but again with this western or full Western grip this paddle face is going to be straight face straight to the ground so that's not going to go over that's why if you are in a continental or just more of Eastern it's a lot easier to get this paddle.

Face more up and down so that you can just stroke and drive the ball all right so now we're going to hop into tip number three and that is shorten your Strokes what Strokes almost all of them all right coming from a tennis background we take really big swings whether we're hitting volleys or ground strokes and in this game the ball gets.

To you a lot quicker because it's a smaller court and it's really not necessary to have those big swings so we want to have more compact Strokes here in tennis we have these huge you know volleys like this starting almost behind your shoulder at times in this game the ball moves and travels so fast we just want to keep it as short as possible and.

The thing that I want you thinking of is how can I get back into a ready position as fast as possible okay so we can do that by shortening our Strokes all right so let's take a couple volleys here notice here our Strokes are very very short my paddle is not coming behind me all it's doing is staying out in front and I am following the ball nice and.

Compact out in front all right so that also goes for ground strokes I remember when I was training in tennis we did a lot of ground strokes The Baseline the Baseline and you will hit ground strokes in this game but definitely a lot less because there's a lot of net play at the non-volleys online so in tennis we are used to.

Taking these huge loopy backswings right and then we finish like this okay big backswing on both the forehand and the backhand we don't have a lot of time remember it's the shorter court and this ball is getting to you faster and the ball doesn't bounce that high so we don't have time to take huge backswings as the ball is bouncing like a tennis.

Ball okay so when these balls are coming back I would just recommend that you just put your paddle you know right by your right hip so if I'm taking a if I'm taking a forehand drive here um if you have a little tiny backswing come up like that that's totally fine but we want to shorten it and make it more compact compared to our tennis.

Stroke so I'm going to be in this position I'm just going to take it here then I'm going to swing through same thing with my backhand if I get back in here I'm just going to drop it to this position so I can be ready to accelerate through the ball I'm not going to take this big one like this okay so I'm going to take a couple drives here.

Foreign all right so that was just a little example of a few ground strokes there but remember the shorter the better after we finish our Strokes we could get back into our ready position a lot quicker all right so let's quickly move on to tip number four and this is the ready position at the net or at the.

Non-voiceone line in tennis the first thing that you are taught is a good ready possession at the net like this okay we have the edge of your racket or paddle facing the camera here so that you can you know volley this way or that we can come in volley this way all right again there's a common theme Here the ball is really really quick and you want.

To be able to get to as many balls quickly as possible and reset into a good ready position so the correct ready position for pickleball is somewhere around I would say between your waist and belly button and we are definitely going to have our paddle around 10 or 11 o'clock if you're a righty okay so just like this again the re reason for that.

Is we are going to be getting a lot of balls straight towards our torso our body so when we block balls and volley all the balls in front of us they're going to be most likely a backhand if this ball is coming here and I'm trying to take it as a forehand it's going to get a little bit jammed we have to slide out of the way so this is why you'll see.

A lot of players when they get balls toward their towards their torso they are taking a lot of balls with their back end so make sure you're ready position is 10 or 11 o'clock right here and we'll show you a couple of volley exchanges to emphasize the backhand ready position foreign.

So this does get a little bit of getting used to especially if you're used to this ready position remember it's all about efficiency and quickness like I said you're going to be getting a lot of balls to this torso chest area so just put yourself in a little bit on that backhand side and you'll get a lot more balls back all right so now we're going.

To hop into tip number five and that is think feet or think down more than Pace all right in this game you're going to get a lot of volleys and also High balls that you want to put away and end the point A lot of times when I started this game any high ball I want to hit as hard as I can and I want to hit through the opponent okay you're making it a lot.

Harder on yourself especially at higher levels players are going to get balls back because they have a good ready position like we just talked about and they're just gonna block it so instead of hitting at your opponent we want to hit down or away or at their feet okay so we're gonna show you a couple examples of me getting high ball I'm.

Going to hit I think Katrina but you know with anyone with a relatively good hand eye they can just block it back we'll show you that first okay let's say we're dinking here okay and Katrina lifts one up good again because I'm kind of hitting it up here towards our torso area that.

Is the last place we want to go especially in higher level play let me show you one more time here she's doing a great job of blocking it right here let's say she lifts one up here okay okay good good block there okay so now we're going to show you what to do instead again if we could angle it off the court.

Or just hit it at the shoelaces if you just could keep the ball down at the feet maybe not hit it as hard but angle it down you're going to have better results in winning that point okay so here we go we're going to show you here take a couple balls here we got a higher ball here a boom so again I don't have to hit it.

Super hard but if I could just keep it to the feet right I know these are really high ball examples but even ones that are a little bit above net level if we could kind of just shove it down instead of hitting it through the opponent we're gonna have better results here we go again last one here we're taking the ball.

Okay again this is very effective because when you hit the ball down they have to bring their paddle down so regardless even if they get that first one back what are they doing they're actually hitting up on the ball which gives you another ball to put down okay so good players you're gonna notice they do hit.

The ball hard with Pace but the main thing is location and they're trying to get it down at the feet if you could learn this early on you're going to become a really good player really quickly all right so now we're going to hop into tip number six and that is don't be afraid of the non-volley Zone A lot of times when I first started and.

I'm sure a lot of you out there you're balling the ball and you're stepping in and committing footballs I know it could be really scary but we want to just get used to this non-voice online so me coming from a tennis background again like I said in the beginning of this video you know we're used to stepping in on our volleys like this and one thing.

That I like to tell players is if you just treat the non-volley's online like you would treat a tennis net so you know in tennis you can come really close to the net and volley the ball but if you end up touching that or hitting the net it's a fault so what I would do is I would just treat this line just like the net and you know what we have to get.

Comfortable in hitting our volleys in an open stance without stepping in this is a little awkward at first if you're used to stepping in on every single ball like this but again if we just practice our backhand ready position and keep our Strokes our volleys short and compact we're not going to have a problem here we go.

Okay so I don't have to be stepping in all I'm doing is keeping everything nice and tight trying to find a bowl to put down at the feet here we go okay so on that note remember the non-volley zone is exactly what it is you can't volley in it so as long as the.

Ball has bounced or is going to bounce there's no problem being in this non-voice Zone that's why you just really have to get over that stepping in just get used to hitting balls or hitting bullies outside of the line again let's say if we're dinking here this is not a violation right if I'm in here.

Hitting things here but I'm not taking it as a volley it doesn't really matter it only matters if I am having a foot or a toe in or something like this in the non-volley zone as I'm actually attempting to hit my volley all right so now we're going to hop into tip number seven and that is use the non-volley zone to your advantage the one thing.

That I think separates pickleball from tennis and any other sport is this non-volley Zone we get in a lot of fun rallies and long rallies because if you can get the ball into that non-volley zone and drop it fairly low it's hard for the team to attack so just remember this anywhere you are on the court if you're in trouble try to just hit a ball.

Descending down into that non-voice zone to get you out of trouble so again when I first started I was trying to bang away like a lot of tennis players come in they're trying to hit everything hard but once you realize you can use this to your advantage by just dropping balls in there because it forces a low contact then it makes your game a lot easier so.

Here we go so let's say I'm back here I take a drive or two here but then I drop it in there okay that was tough here we go okay as long I'm trying to get that ball down but there we go just like that when that ball lands in that non-volley zone it makes it really tough so let's say I'm over here in the court or in the mid.

Court here and why don't you send me a shorter ball here you know instead of driving this ball I could just drop it in there and what that does is it forces a really low ball okay so let's say I'm scrambling I'm on the defense here High balls here but if I can just manage to kind of hit one of those into the non-volley Zone it.

Really limits their attacking opportunities at the net and that is what can allow me to come up all right so now we're going to hop into tip number eight and this one you've probably heard before but seriously this is a really good thing that you're going to need to learn how to do at some point and that is learn to dink all right a.

Lot of players coming to the sport they have good skills they hit the ball hard they have a lot of power but they don't have a soft game okay at lower levels the hard game or power game is very evident because you know players can't handle the pace but as you progress through higher higher levels you're going to have to learn how to think and.

Remember dinking is just hitting the ball softly in the non-volley zone or somewhere around that non-volley zone line and remember all we're trying to do is Force low contact points psycho force my opponent it to hit up or if I can move them left and right here move them over there and I can stretch them we're gonna.

Eventually get a ball that's lifted up a little bit we have to learn how to dink so that we can slow the game down and we could keep that ball low and out of an attackable range where we don't want to give our opponents balls up here alright so last but not least let's hop into tip number nine and that is be a student of the game one of the things that really.

Made me Excel really really quickly is I would play a lot of different players from different places in different areas and I would see new shots creative shots different game styles and as you see these different game styles and different shots make sure that you're building a memory bank so that you know how to handle them or figure out ways to.

Handle them in the future and then your pickable IQ will keep increasing and you will be a smarter player over time again thanks so much for watching this video I hope this video really helped you out if you follow and really apply these nine tips I think it's really going to sell you into being a better player quicker thanks so much again and we'll see you.

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Have you played tennis? So have I. When I first started playing pickleball, I had NO idea what I was doing. Thankfully, I did have some good people around me to help me out. Although even with that, it still took hours of playing and studying the game to make some really huge strides in my game. I can say with confidence, that if you apply these 9 pickleball tips, it will seriously transform your game. Believe me. Check it out below!

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