There's nothing more annoying and pickleball than when you're playing someone that can consistently hit the ball in the kitchen from anywhere on the court no matter how hard you hit your shot they always seem to get it back in a way where you can't do anything realistically this is probably the number one skill to develop if you ever.

Want to be a high level pickleball player the skill I'm referring to is touch and most players never actually understand how to develop this into their game to players in the 3.0 to 4.5 range touch can seem like a magical power that only 5.0 plus players possess but in reality all touch is is the ability to slow down the ball and absorb.

Power and the ability to hit the ball soft in general players with good touch can do both of these very consistently this is something that newer players find very hard if you're someone in the 3.0 to 4.0 range odds are that you can slow the ball down sometimes but you probably aren't 100 reliable if you're a beginner the concept of swinging your.

Paddle to hit the ball slow might make literally zero sense just know that as you progress your pickleball game this is probably the most important skill to develop if you want to get to an elite level so pay close attention I want to make sure that after you watch this you'll be in the perfect position to acquire a cloud-like touch today I'm not.

Only going to teach you how to utilize touch but I'm also going to teach you how to practice it so that it gradually improves over time keep in mind if you don't consider the techniques and drills that I'm about to go through there's a good chance that your touch will never improve this is the type of thing that you have to be very intentional about if.

You don't want your progress to plateau and if you're doing one of the things I'm about to go through wrong you could be setting your game back years to start I want to go over the main situations that we need touch because we use it a little bit differently depending where we are on the court the first situation where we touch is when we're dinking on.

Our dinks it's very important that we control our power this is because if we hit it too hard we're giving our opponents an easy shot and if we hit it too soft we're going to hit the ball in the net if you want to become an elite level dinker you need to be able to seamlessly transition between harder push things and shorter more defensive.

Dinks this is where having high level touch can come in handy so when we're are looking at the Touch under dinks it's not necessarily about slowing the ball down it's about consistently hitting the ball soft with the right amount of power the next instance where we use Touch is on our resets the general shot that most people consider.

To be a reset is in the transition zone after their third shot but really I'll resets any shot where your opponent puts you under pressure and you're trying to reset the rally to a neutral position the main way of doing this is by dropping the ball into the kitchen if your opponent blasts about you and you're able to keep it out of their.

Strike Zone like this there's really nothing that they can do except surrender and Dink the ball back what makes resets extra hard though is that you're taking a fast ball and trying to slow it down this requires very little swing to even no swing at all occasionally when you're slowing down a really fast ball you may even need to.

Send your paddle backwards a little I'll go over the technique of how to do that later in the video so stay tuned the last main instance that we need touch is when we hit our drops the type of touch that we need here is also a little different because we have to hit the ball slightly harder than our dinks and resets since we're farther away whenever.

You hit a drop there's a relatively thin window that the ball needs to go through in order for it to be effective the key to get in this window consistently is power control which is where our touch comes into play the drop is a great example of a shot that players with good touch can make consistently if you haven't developed good touch yet there's.

A high chance your drops are only good around 50 to 75 percent of the time if this sounds like you then don't worry I'm about to give you all the tools that you need to develop this skill but before that if you've liked this video so far we're releasing content like this every week so make sure to subscribe we're also doing an epic giveaway later.

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Technique on these shots to start you generally want to have the Continental grip there's some exceptions to this but just know that on all these shots this is usually how you want to hold the paddle another important thing to consider is that whenever you're trying to hit the ball softly you want to have a very loose hand and wrist when you're.

Hitting one of these shots you should be squeezing noticeably looser than if you're hitting a drive or a harder ball if we're squeezing the paddle on a 5 out of 10 on a harder shot then we should be squeezing the paddle out of two or three out of 10 on a softer shot another thing to keep in mind is that when we're hitting softer balls we'll need to use a.

Shorter swing the point of using a big back swing in fall through is to generate power so if we're trying to hit the ball softly we want to minimize the length of our swing in the event that someone hits it really hard and you need to slow it down you may not need to use any swing at all and in certain instances you may even need to send the.

Paddle backwards to recap whenever you're trying to hit the ball soft you want to have a continental grip a loose hand and wrist and you want to use a compact swing so it's important that you go through this checklist and make sure that you're doing all these right it will be significantly harder to develop good touch if you're missing one of.

These that said while technique is really important this isn't something that you can take out to the courts immediately and use right away to acquire a great touch we need to increase our feel for the ball feel is our ability to control the power of the ball regardless of what situations we're being put into players with good touch.

Can do this easily because to them the paddle is pretty much an extension of their arm the only way to get to this level and I'm serious about this the only way to acquire feel is by intentionally practicing and hitting a million balls so in terms of how we want to practice this I'm going to take you through a progression of drills these.

Shots are not easy for a lot of people so it makes sense to start with easier drills then work up to harder drills we're going to start off with a few wall drills then move to the court the first exercise we're going to go through is called the hands drill all we're doing here is hitting the ball against the wall stopping it then hitting the ball.

Against the wall again the harder you hit the ball the more challenging this drill will become see how to slow the ball down I move my paddle very little it's actually going a little bit backwards drills like this are really the only way that you can program this type of touch into your game like I said this isn't something that you can just.

Do right away it takes a lot of reps in this next drill we're working on a reset here I'm spiking the ball to myself off the wall and trying to keep it low not too high above the net similar to our last drill the harder that you hit the ball to yourself off the wall the more difficult it will be to slow it down off these hard shots you'll also need to use.

Very minimal paddle movement on some you may need to let the paddle give and move backwards slightly the key though is that you have references for height on the wall this way you know whether or not you'd be popping your dinks and resets up I recommend you use something like the dink pad if you're looking to get a wall training routine started the.

Number one reason that players don't improve their touch is they don't get enough reps training on the wall with a dink pad can be a convenient way to get thousands of more shots per week if you want to check out the dink pad we have it linked in the description moving on to the court in this next drill both players will be standing right behind.

The kitchen line while maintaining a rally one player will speed up on every shot and the other player will work on their touch and try to drop everything into the kitchen this is a really good drill to start applying touch to a realistic situation on the court I see so many beginners that feel if someone speeds the ball up at them they need to.

Go even harder if you don't have a good opportunity then this is not a good idea you're way better off dropping the ball back into the kitchen and resetting the rally to a neutral position in our next drill one player will back up to the transition zone between the kitchen line and the Baseline and the other player will stay at the kitchen it's the player.

At the kitchen's job to hit difficult shots right at the back player's feet so that they can work on their resets the transition zone player should try to drop all these shots in the kitchen and make it difficult for the net player to attack one thing I'll say is that when you're doing resets you want to make sure that you're low so that you can.

Lunge to either side while still being precise with your touch if you aren't low and on balance it'll be nearly impossible to have good touch in this situation and guys if you're liking these drills so far make sure to send this to your main partner so that you can do these together the next one I want to go through is for our drops it's.

The same idea as our last drill but one player will go all the way back to the Baseline and try to hit in the kitchen from here the main issue I see in this shot is that players take way too big of a swing don't get me wrong on your drop you should use a bigger swing than your dinks but you should still try to keep it really compact if you're a righty you.

Should try to keep the full swing on the right side of your body I also see so many players that neglect their footwork from the back of the Court whenever you're hitting a drop it's your job to do whatever you can with your feet to catch the ball in the best possible position this means is that you're not too close to it and not too far away and.

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In the game of pickleball, it is critical for players to have soft hands and “cloud-like touch.” This means being able to deftly handle the paddle with minimal force, allowing for precise control over every shot. Along with a solid level of physical fitness, having cloud-like touch can greatly enhance a pickleball player’s performance and overall strategy in the game. Thus, it is an essential aspect to consider when honing one’s skills in this sport.