In today’s video I’m going to teach you exactly how to use the shake and baked play and pick a wall odds are you’ve probably seen people do this before but in order to make it work you need to understand each step to pulling it off and let me tell you there’s probably some intricate things within these steps that you haven’t paid attention to as.

The game gets more and more powerful due to new paddle technology this is a play that you have to know so make sure to understand everything that we cover in this video what is the shake and bake play the shake and bake is pretty much the most aggressive play that you can run.

When you’re the serving team so obviously you have to let the third shot of the rally bounce the shot right after your serve on this shot you go for a drive and your partner moves in to crush the ball which looks like this so we’re going to Stage this a little bit but essentially I go for a drive my partner runs in to crush the ball like that that.

Was a little bit exaggerated but it’s essentially the fastest way that you can win the point when you’re serving and the sort of trademark of the shake and bake is that generally when your partner is up they cross over to take advantage of that shot so that’s what we call a poach so in the shake and bake the most standard form there’s a lot of different.

Ways to do it but the most standard form one player stays back and drives and their partner crosses over to take advantage of that shot with a hard volley or an overhead so to show you another example it looks just like this and as you can see there’s a few different parts to getting this play right there’s the drive there’s moving.

Forward and then there’s crossing over the most important part is the player moving forward what they do but first we need to talk about the drive CU if you don’t get the drive right you’re not going to be able to pull off the play so looking at our drives the first thing that you want to keep in mind on a drive for the shake and bake but realistically.

On any Drive is that you’re going to have a little bit more success taking them down the line or down the middle and there’s a few reasons for that the first is that when I draw a line down the line versus going crosscourt the line is shorter so my opponent has less time to react and the same goes for down the middle it’s not as much of an angle.

As a crosscourt drive so my opponents have less time to react there’s also the added bonus of going down the middle where you confuse your opponents about who should take the ball in the shake and bake play though there’s another advantage of not going crosscourt and that’s if I go up crosscourt and my partner’s up at the net the player there.

Has an easier time attacking my partner cuz they’re directly in front of them and they could take advantage of that down the line rule so going down the line or down the middle is definitely ideal when it comes to the drive on the shake and bake and one of the best ways to keep that ball low is with Top Spin because when I use Top Spin the ball.

Essentially will dip down more so that I can get it even lower and sometimes if I do it right my opponent might even need to hit up on the ball which is the ideal situation to running this play effectively so I’m not going to go too deep into Topson in this video I have other videos I go really deep into that if you want to check them out just know.

Going for a drive with Top Spin is a super effective way to get your opponents to hit a more defensive volley and guys if you’re the type of player that struggles with hard drives like this later in the video I’m going to show you exactly how to defend the shake and makeig play so if you’re interested in seeing that stay tuned now though we.

Need to consider what you do as the player that’s moving forward as I mentioned earlier this is the most important part to making it work and the first thing to consider is that if the return is difficult you probably shouldn’t go for a drive and you shouldn’t run the shake and bake play so before the point starts before you run.

The shake and bake play you want to tell your partner hey I think we should run the shake and bake right you don’t want to just do this without your partner knowing there’s there’s some coordination involved so in the event that you’re opponents hit a really good return it should be known that okay maybe I go for a drop here I don’t think.

We should do the shake and bake you only really want to go for the shake and bake if your opponents give you an easy return that lets you be aggressive so an easy return is essentially one that lands shorter in the court that’s a little bit higher and that’s essentially what gives you the time to be able to go for an aggressive drive because when.

It’s shorter gives your opponents less time to react and when it’s higher you have a better angle over the net if it’s a medium return you could still go for the shaking bet totally I think what you need to be careful of is if they had a really hard deep return there you’re pretty much destined for failure if you try to play so you need to sort of have.

A gauge on that shot to see if it works the player that’s moving in is the one that really needs to be taking this into account because the second that they see the return looks easy after you guys agree on using the play that’s when they should start to move forward so if the player that’s moving in sees the return’s easy they should immediately.

Move to about 3T behind the kitchen line so if we see that we get an easy return from Jack second sees that he’s going to start moving forward and he should stop around right here so show me that ready position and in this position he gets into what we call ready position to where he’s ready to sort of react to that next ball I don’t fully like going.

All the way into the kitchen because as I’ll mention later sometimes you actually want to give yourself some space for reasons that we’ll figure out later in the video but what you need to know the second you see that easy return that’s when you decide to move in you don’t move in before you see the return or where you see the return is going so.

At this point in the shake and make play I’m about to hit my drive and Drew is a few feet behind the kitchen line and he’s making his decision of whether or not he should cross over and the way that he does that is based off how good of a drive I hit so out of the corner of Drew’s eye he’s sort of watching to see how hard that I hit my drive and if I.

Hit it nice and hard he’s going to decide okay I’m going to start shifting a little bit towards the middle of the court because coner hit a good drive so I think that they might not hit the best volley so he’ll s sort of shift over a little bit he’s not gonna fully cross over just because I hit it hard but from this position Drew can make his judgment.

Call if he sees that Sid is going to hit a floater B right to me now he can make his decision to cross over and kill the ball like he did there so moral of the story is when you’re the player that’s moving forward you don’t want to just blindly run in and blindly cross over you’re sort of making these educated decisions as you see that you have more.

Evidence that the play is going to work out so in the event that I don’t hit a good drive Drew might want to go from this position and back up a little bit so he can defend right so if I’m hitting a ball that’s high to Sid Drew needs to move back because the shake and bake play is not going to work anymore so each step of this play Drew is going to.

Use his intuition and his anticipation to determine of where he should be so if I go for a good drive Dre is going to use his anticipation he’s going to cross over and pounce on the ball so this is really the critical part of making this play work when you’re right here you have to be very aware of what’s happening so you can make the best.

Possible decisions and the last part to pulling this play off is what shot you hit when you’re the player that’s poaching right so the main thing to keep in mind is that when you’re hitting the shot the poach you want the play to end very quickly so ideally if you’re running this play they don’t get your poach back and the way that you make.

That happen is one by hitting a hard two you want to try to get the ball at their feet so if they give you a high enough shot you should try to go low at the feet if you can and three going down the middle is super effective in this play because a lot of the time you’re actually going to be taking this ball more from the middle of the court so.

What that looks like when we do it right is this so Sid gives drew a higher shot the higher the ball is the more you want to take it at their feet if it’s not super high you can still be aggressive but you might be better off going down the middle deeper in the court because if you don’t have that high angle can’t really get that ball down at their feet.

So you really need to make a split-second decision when you get that shot of where you want to take it but what you want to keep in mind is that you’re trying to be really aggressive and end the point fast if you get into aggressive position with the shake and make play and the point happens to.

Continue if my partner takes control I also want to move in too so I don’t want to just be staying back and watching what they’re doing hopefully the point ends quickly but if it doesn’t I should move in as well so that I can be aggressive too and if this is confusing you don’t worry at the end of the video we’re going to go through a bunch of.

Different examples how you can use this play in actual points so we’re going to go through real points and show you in real time how we do it before we get into that though I want to quickly show you how to defend the play which will actually help you get better at using it too because you’ll know what your opponents are thinking when you’re.

Coming forward so the main thing to keep in mind when your opponents are using the shake and bake play is you want to keep your volley that you hit off their drive as far as you possibly can away from the player that’s coming in so what that looks like is this Jack’s going to be one driving here and I’m trying to keep my volley away.

From Sid who’s trying to cross over so if I hit my volley down the middle that gives Sid the perfect opportunity to crush that ball so by keeping it more towards Jack who’s back there’s not really much Sid can do cuz he’s not going to fully cross over so my best Target is really as far as I can get it away from them and if you really see.

Them poaching you can actually go behind them too so I’ll show you what that looks like so you see there Sid started crossing over a little early so he creates an opening on the side that he started on where you can go to generally I’d say going towards the person that’s back is more effective you need to keep.

It towards the side of the Court though because if you don’t they might be able to pick it off on the other hand though you can also go behind the person which is effective too I’d say though going away from them towards their partner is generally safer where your opponents can really mess you up on this play though is if they hit a drive that doesn’t hit.

Your sweet spot or you don’t have a firm wrist and you pop it up so if you pop up their Drive they essentially have a ticket to the kitchen where they can use this play so to prevent the pop up you need to focus on two things the first is when your opponent’s hitting a hard drive you need to keep a firmer wrist and the second thing is when your point.

Is hitting a hard drive you need to make sure that your ball hits The Sweet Spot to where if we zoom in a little bit The Sweet Spot is the area of your paddle between these four red Corners so you want to hit it very much in the center of the paddle you have a little more leeway going towards the bottom and top of the paddle so it’s a rectangular area.

Right here and when they’re hitting the ball hard at you you’re really using that firm wrist and blocking the ball in this area if you hit the ball up here especially if you have a bad paddle if you hit the ball up here there’s a high chance you’re going to get a dead reaction that’ll either make the ball hit the net or it’ll float the ball so.

That they can come in and get aggressive so whenever my opponent’s hitting a drive I’m really just focusing on hitting that sweet spot and having a firm wrist and blocking so as you can see my motion here is really compact you don’t want to be taking full swings or have a loose wrist in this situation but if you feel like no matter how hard you.

Focus on The Sweet Spot or making your wrist firm you still have a bad reaction that’s when I recommend investing into a better paddle with a bigger sweet spot so as I mentioned what will kill you on these shots is missing it out to the sides of the paddle and with a normal paddle that doesn’t have a big sweet spot this is way more likely to happen.

So with our paddle This swe spot Pro you just have a way less of a chance of getting that dead reaction which we call a mishit which makes it a lot easier to defend those hard shots at the net it makes it a lot easier to hit returns and a lot of the shots we having a big sweet spot is going to be a big determent to your success so if you’re interested in.

Getting a new paddle highly recommend going and checking ours out but another way that you could also boost the likelihood of hitting The Sweet Spot and any shot is adding some lead tape to your paddle so I don’t have any lead tape on this paddle but as you can see on our paddle we put some key Lo ations that are the best for putting lead tape.

So regardless of what your weight preference is putting lead tape on your paddle is going to also make your sweet spot bigger which is going to make it easier to defend drives and defend the shake and bake so highly recommend going up and checking lead tape too if you already have a nice paddle now guys we’re going to go through some full cord.

Examples so that you can see what this play looks like in real time make sure to play coose attention cuz like I mentioned there’s a lot of intricate things you need to keep in mind to make this play work so that was honestly a pretty routine example Jack didn’t hit the highest ball to Drew but because he was up there and.

Ready he was still able to take control of the point that was the textbook example of what the shaking make play looks like but as you’ll see it’s not how it goes every time that’s a good example of why you want to take your drives down the middle as you can see Drew literally hit that so well down the middle that they didn’t.

Decide who should take it and we got a free point so didn’t even have for run the play so there I didn’t fully run the play and take that ball out of the air but because Drew hit such a good drive I was able to cross over and be aggressive but the speed up so we still got the point so it’s not always going to work.

Out perfectly but if you do it right you know you have to improvise a little bit there’s a lot of different ways you can get it done so there’s a good example of where you might actually not need to cross over so Drew didn’t hit the greatest drive so I didn’t necessarily feel like I needed to cross over but I essentially did the sh.

And make play without the poach so some people would call that the crash but it’s pretty much still the shake and bake so just know you don’t always need to cross over for this to work you can still be aggressive from the same side you started on so there you saw sometimes when you do this play you might not be able to.

Fully take control of the point and you kind of have to be ready that sometimes you might get into a hands battle so a lot of the time you’re essentially just skipping to a hands battle you’re skipping the dinking and resets you’re not going to end the point on that first shot but you can take control with the hands battle so that’s something you.

Need to be ready for now guys our Opps are going to start doing some shake and Bs and we’re going to work on defending them got it so there’s another example of when the shake and bait can turn into more of a hands bottle as you can see the point didn’t end very quickly but they were still able to get us under more pressure.

Pretty fast using the play what’s important to note though is that it’s a risky play so you’re not always going to win when you use it there we won the point it’s kind of something you have to keep in mind when you’re using the play you’re not always going to win but over time if you do it right you should win more than half.

So there is an example of why doing the shake and bake with a righty Lefty combo can be effective so Jack’s righty here Sid is a lefty so if Jack has a forign in the middle from the back Sid can actually poach with his forign on the other side so ory would have normally had to hit a backend there because Sid is a lefty he can take advantage of that.

And it’s a little easier for players who prefer their forehand so if you’re playing with the Lefty using the shaking B might actually work a little better so give that a shot and guys if you want to go deeper into getting Top Spin on your drives to get those balls nice and low watch this.

In today’s tutorial, we dive into the dynamic “Shake and Bake” play—a strategy that’s changing the face of modern pickleball.

SweetSpot Pro Paddle:
Our Lead Tape:

This technique leverages power and positioning to dominate the court, and with today’s advanced paddle technologies, it’s more effective than ever. Whether you’ve seen it in action or are new to the concept, mastering this strategy can significantly enhance your gameplay. Inside the video there are tons of pickleball tips that will help you win the next time you play!

Here’s What You’ll Learn:

Understand the critical steps and timing needed to execute this play effectively. We’ll break down each phase, from the baseline drive to the net approach, ensuring you know how to hit each shot with precision.
Executing the Drive:

Discover the ideal ways to hit your baseline drives—whether down the line or through the middle. While not mandatory, these tactics are recommended for optimal setup. Learn why keeping the drive low and adding topspin might give you an edge, especially when executed with a forehand on a short high ball.

The approaching player’s movement is crucial. Know when to move up and how to time your approach based on your partner’s shot quality.
Master the art of crossing over just before the opponent hits the ball, a move that requires precision and can be risky but rewarding.

Tips on how to counter this aggressive strategy. Focus on avoiding the incoming player and targeting the furthest or hardest areas they can reach.
Keep your volleys low and aim for the sweet spot to avoid mishits, a common challenge when facing fast drives.

Discuss the benefits of a paddle with a larger sweet spot for more reliable shots and how adding lead tape can further enhance your paddle’s effectiveness.

Watch real-game scenarios where we demonstrate successful and unsuccessful attempts, and learn how you can even turn a solid drive into a self-initiated Shake and Bake.

0:00 – Intro
0:26 – What is the Shake & Bake?
1:32 – Step 1
3:15 – Step 2
7:03 – Step 3
8:33 – Defending the Shake & Bake
9:51 – Common Mistakes
12:14 – Full Court Examples