Pickleball is just as strategic as a gay with chess as you improve your decision making will start to become more important than things like your ball control and athleticism the key to taking advantage of this is to know the best tactics and plays that you can utilize to get that extra advantage in this video I'm going to go over the five.

Tactics that you must know so this first tactic on the list is highly effective and it's something that I like to call the two shot hoodaway so when you're up and your opponent's back a lot of the times will give you a high ball when you get the high ball obviously you want to hit hard and try to end the point with it the problem is.

Though the pickleball court is not very wide so there aren't many gaps for you to hit the ball by that right so it's pretty hard to hit a winner on your first shot right on your first put away the two shot put away essentially is the strategy of opening up the court with your first put away and then going to the open court with a.

Second put away a lot of players hit one put away and they don't expect it to come back and they end up missing a net or they give them an easier shot so you want to make sure you get a high ball let's say I have a high put away right here if I go middle then on that next ball I can go for the angle and I'll win the.

Point like that so let's see how that looks so here I'm going to take my first put away more towards the middle which gives me the opening should go for the angle a lot of players guys when they hit that first shot they're just not ready for it to come back you might even need to hit three or four of these before your.

Opponent finally gives you an easy enough one for you can end the point so remember the point's not over until it's over if you find that your opponent's getting a lot of your putaways back try opening up the court and doing it like that and I'm sure you'll have success our next tip is that occasionally being really aggressive while you're serving.

Can be a great way to mix things up and keep your opponents on their toes what I mean by this is that occasionally you want to deviate from the standard strategy of dropping your third shot and trying to move forward for the dink game so usually the way that you do this is with a third shot Drive in a crash which is where you close the.

Net and try to take advantage of your opponent's pop-up your partner can also close and take advantage of the pop-up usually when they take advantage of it and they hit the ball it's called the shake and bake so like I said occasionally being aggressive can be highly effective but you need to make sure that you don't do this too often.

I'll talk about how often often before that though I want to talk about shading shading is something that every pickleball player regardless of level needs to know so you might be wondering what is shading think about it this way if I'm on the pickleball court am I always going to be standing in the direct center of my side.

No generally I'm either going to be shifting towards the right or the left of my box right and if you've watched high level players play you've probably seen them do this the question is when do you shift and where do you shift so when your opponents are back generally you follow the ball so you go to the same side that the ball is on so if I.

Hit a ball to my opponents over here on the right side for them the left side for me generally I'm going to shift to the left and my partner will shift towards the middle okay that's because if they use a drive and they try to go middle my partner can cover that and if they try to go down the line I can cover that the odds that they go for a really.

Sharp angle are not very high and if they do that the ball will probably travel very slowly so my partner will be able to cover that ball so A good rule of thumb is that off of your return you should follow the direction of the ball so if you hit Cross Court on your return You Follow That Cross Court ball path and you you go more towards the side.

That you hit the ball to that way you start off the point shading when everyone's at the kitchen same concept applies you generally shift towards the side of the court that the ball is on so if you go deep to your opponent's backhand you and your partner will slide over so that they can cover the line and that you can cover the middle and the.

Same thing applies on the forehand side too when you're back it's actually the opposite so if your opponent has the ball on that side on their left side you're actually going to shift more towards this way because they have a lot better of an angle when they're up there so they have a lot more dangerous going off the court not as easy for them to.

Win the point by going down the line so you're shifting you're shading at the back of the court is actually in the opposite direction what I will say though is that it might be hard for you to implement all these tips into your game immediately so what I do is pick the one or two that you think you could benefit from most and focus on those.

Also if you enjoy my coaching style make sure to subscribe my whole goal of this channel is to find every possible hack to help you improve so if you guys want to see all of our videos make sure to subscribe and hit the Bell this next tactic though separates good players from great players there's no formal name for it but it has to do with how.

Often you mix up your strategy let's run through a quick example so you can see what I mean let's say you're playing a game and you go for a lob and you win the point with it because of this later in the game you go for another lob and you win the point with it again now you know that the lob can be effective for you as it's worked.

Twice but does this mean you should start using lobs in every point no of course not if you use the lob too often your opponents will catch on and they'll be ready for it ah you probably want to go for lobs a few times a game even if they're working on the other hand let's say you go for a drive in the game and your opponent misses it in the net.

And a few points later you do the same thing and he misses it in the net again now you know that the drive is a play that can work for you too but same as with the lob you don't want to use this shot every point the point I'm trying to make is that every aggressive shot in pickleball has a limitation in how often you should use it the best players know.

Shot by shot what that is and they know how to alternate between these shots to keep themselves unpredictable one good rule of thumb is that usually you don't want to run the exact same play more than twice in a row think if someone drives you twice in a row and you miss both in the net there's no chance you're letting that third one go in the net.

Again but if they were to change things up and then use the drive again a few points later that's when things can get tricky so what you want to do is identify which plays are working for you and then alternate between them in a random fashion so that your opponents are always guessing the concept of mixing things up can be confusing if you.

Have any questions let me know in the comments the next tactic can be huge and it's that when you can it can be really effective to Target your opponent's backhand the catch to this is that you can't always do it think if you're hitting a return regardless of where you go on the court your opponents probably have enough time to run around it and.

Hit a forehand so now I'm gonna go through the top three instances when you're playing a point that you can Target your opponent's backhand so when you're digging you're always going to either be going cross court or down the line so in this instance I'm going to Cross Court my forehand to Drew's forehand but if I want to Target his.

Back in here I can go a little bit more towards the middle a lot of players struggle with that shot you can get some pop-ups and a lot of missed things like that if I'm going down the line I can just aim for Drew's left a little bit more like I said certain players really just don't like the backhand dink sometimes.

They will though so in that case you might want to Target their forehand or just try to make it difficult for them the next instance that you could Target your opponent's backhand is when they're back trying to move forward and you're up so when Drew's trying to come in all I have to do Target is back in is just get it more to the left side of his body.

And if your opponent doesn't have a good backhand drop this can make things a lot trickier for them so we'll show them how that looks Drew's gonna try to use his drop and as he's trying to move forward I'm getting things to his backhand which makes things easier for me for last instance where you can Target your opponent's backhand is when they're up.

And you're back so if I'm back here and I'm using a drop or a drive a lot of the time when I'm using my drop I don't want to go towards their forehand because it's a lot easier for them to be aggressive a lot of players aren't as good at being aggressive on their backhand so what you can do to take use to make use of that is go more towards.

Their backhand whether that be to this player or more angled to that player so all I would need to do just aim my drop more towards Drew's backhand which it's a little bit harder for him to be aggressive on doesn't have that roll shot it gives me a straight shot in and if you think it would be tough to be this accurate on your dinks this is the.

Kind of thing that you can practice on the Dig master and if you want to see 10 pickle tips that I wish I knew earlier watch this
Boost your pickleball game and start winning more matches with these must-know tactics. In this video, I reveal my top strategies and secrets to sharpen your decision-making skills and outsmart your opponents. Suitable for both beginners and experienced players, these techniques will give you a competitive edge on the court. Master the 2 shot put away and learn how to target your opponent’s backhand to elevate your game. Don’t forget to subscribe and hit the bell to stay up-to-date with my latest pickleball tips, tricks, and hacks to help you improve your performance.