Hello everyone welcome back to Davis pickleball special shout out to Selkirk for sponsoring this video uh this is the Habit Series where we're building good habits for pickleball today we have a special guest Dylan Goldman he's going to teach us a little bit about reading the ball in the transition zone and uh deciding whether we should be offensive.

Or defensive with that ball yep so we're gonna go over some drills and show you how to do that so here we're working on reading the ball from the transition zone so we're not all the way up to the kitchen we're not at the Baseline we're reading the ball from our opponents and we're seeing whether we should be offensive and counter or attack that.

Ball or we should be a little more defensive try to reset that ball into the kitchen and get the rally going so there's a few factors that we want to look for here so um the first is the height of the ball so when I see the ball coming to my opponent I'm reading how high the ball is and that'll dictate largely if I'm.

Going to attack that ball or if I'm going to drop and reset that ball back in kitchen obviously if the ball is up here backhand or forehand it's probably good to be offensive with that ball so if I see the ball coming up here from Ed I'm going to try to attack that ball even though I'm not all the way up at the kitchen yes it's a little lower.

Percentage of a shot than being up at the kitchen and seeing that same high ball but in order to get better pickleball to advance the higher levels you will have to attack some balls in the transition zone given that they're high enough so the first factor is high to the ball second factor is timing right so if I read the ball being high.

Enough well ahead of time I'm reading their paddle face if they're reaching down low if they're taking a big swing right then I'm expecting that ball to come up here and if it is then I'm going to attack that ball hit it hard if I'm not there in time so they hit a high shot but I'm not expecting it and it comes up here in a hurry even though.

It's high enough I'm usually not going to attack that ball because I'm not there in time and if I try to attack a ball when I'm hitting it here and not out in front then usually it's going to be it's going to pop up I'm going to hit into the net it's not going to be a great shot so I have to read it in time and if I don't then I'm going to reset.

That ball so the two factors are tied to the ball and whether I'm there in time in deciding whether to be offensive or defensive with the ball all good all good very good one thing I like to mention is my mindset when I'm there so at all times I'm trying to be offensively minded so I'm thinking I want to attack I want to attack right.

I'm never relaxed like oh I'm in soft reset dink mode I'm always thinking offensive but I read the ball and say oftentimes oh I can't be offensive with this I have to reset it foreign.

Davis Pickleball continues our new educational series: Building Habits. In this episode, we go over when to be OFFENSIVE vs DEFENSIVE in Pickleball.

Learn how to be a consistent player, make high percentage plays, and make less errors.

0:28 – Reading the ball
0:50 – Height of the ball
1:33 – Timing of the ball
2:20 – Offensive mindset

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