If you're missing your shots when you'replaying pickleball you probably have too much swing in your shot in this video I'mgoing to show you how extra swing can affect your shot how to get it out of your shot and howto improve your game all right let's talk about the pickleball swing pickleball swing hasthree major components it has the point of contact that means where I'm hitting the ballso if I was going to hit this ball here that would be its point of contact it has a backswingweight or potentially has a backswing which is wait if I bring my paddle back from the pointof contact that would be called the backswing and then after the point of contact there's apiece of the stroke called the follow through the problems that arise in our games a lot oftimes happen because we have too much backswing.

And again that's the part from here back whathappens when you add backswing to your stroke is you introduce a concept of variabilityyou introduce variability into your stroke the more variability you have in your shotsthe higher the chance that you might make an error when you're hitting the ball maybe acouple of easy examples let's assume I was going to hit a dink from here to directly acrossinto the camera right there into that zone there if this is my point of contact for the shot hereso this is where I'd be hitting the ball from if I take my paddle back from here I introducedthe chance for making a mistake and let's let's exaggerate it for purpose illustration soif I take my paddle back let's say like here obviously that looks weird and doesn't makea lot of sense for me to bring my paddle on.

A dink from here to here because now I have tobring the paddle from here back to the point of contact where I'm going to actually hit theball what sorts of Errors can occur one you could have a trajectory error or an arc of yourswing error so basically I'm trying to hit the ball here okay I'm going to take the ball awaynow because the ball isn't there right as I'm swinging and I bring the paddle back like thisas I bring it down perhaps I swing here and if you remember my pointer contact was here soI'll have an error in terms of how I connect with the ball paddle and ball connection will bebroken by having too much backswing potentially the other thing and the more common erroris an energy error power into the ball what happens there is I'm trying to dink it Ibring it back here as I bring the paddle.

Back to this spot there's energy in that swingthat energy will be transmitted into the ball energy transmitted into the ball potential pop-upright so that's another error that can happen from too much backswing and while this is obvious rightthis is obvious probably to you that this kind of backswing on a dink doesn't make sense or doesn'tlook right I'm going to suggest to you that this backswing is also incorrect there are also addsthe same sort of variability albeit not as much as back here but bringing the paddle back tohere also adds the chance for air into your shot both in terms of Swing Arc as well as energyinto the shot so when you're thinking about your stroke or your shot think about how little or howcompact can you make it right how how minimal can you make it in order to accomplish your intendedobjective so if you're going to dink the ball we.

Would suggest to you that you need zero backswingso my point of contact is here what I will do is from my ready position I will bring my paddledirectly to there directly to where I expect to hit the ball the expected point of contact and notbring the paddle here so I'm not going to do this and then bring it there because that's swingingthe shot what I'm going to do instead is I'm going to bring my paddle from here directly out towhere I'm going to hit the ball or I expect to hit the ball reducing the backswing and in this caseeliminating the backswing completely and I will suggest you if you try this technique out you willsee that you can generate enough power from here through the through the ball so the follow throughto get the ball where you want it to go now there are other shots that require a little more energygood example is the serve so I was going back to.

Serve there I may not start exactly at the pointof contact I'll bring the paddle back some but you'll you even there you should try to minimizethe amount of your backswing so if on a serve it's assume I was serving from here on a serve ifthis is enough backswing to accomplish my shot then anything behind here is a unnecessary andB as the additional shot additional chances for error and we'll give you a c it's you're expendingenergy you don't need to expend right so if you're swinging the paddle from here through here whereyou want it to start where you needed to start to execute the shot this is unnecessary extra energyif this to here will do the work start your paddle there I will say this on serves that is where youdo see players sometimes take the paddle back like this like this like this like this all the wayback here they're breaking the plane of their body.

That is unnecessary and again increases thechance for error in the shot just as the backswing affects you on your dinks and your serves and yourreturns your ground strokes it also affects you on your volleys what happens a lot of times ispickleball players use swinging volleys so they basically the ball is coming here on the volleyand what they'll do is they'll take the paddle back like this behind their body and then swingthrough or up like this and swing through what happens is when I bring my paddle back on thoseshots I have the same potential errors I did on the ground stroke right so extra energy that Idon't need potential air there so Arc the swing of the paddle the the way it's swinging through theair but another thing that happens a lot of times is if you're hitting smashes or or balls up hereout long here's what's happening what's happening.

Is you're bringing the paddle back like this soit's open paddle angle and then what's happening is as you come forward you're not able to closeit in time so if I hit the ball like this that ball is going to go out instead what you want todo is again minimize the amount of your backswing so you want to come here or here the least amountnecessary in order to execute the shot when you're playing pickleball consider compacting the swingas much as possible on ground strokes forehand backhand volleys on both sides see how short youcan make the your swing in particular focus on the backswing the part behind the point of contactand you reduce the errors and improve your play I'm going to click to a link to a playlist up herethat'll help you learn some more about pickleball if you want to continue your learning come uphere and check it out otherwise have a great day.

Popping up your pickleball dinks? It is likely because of your paddle swing. Specifically, too much backswing in your pickleball shots.

Same happens with your pickleball volleys. You are missing them long or into the net – sometimes missing them outright. Too much swing in your shots.

In this video we demonstrate this common cause of errors in your dinks and volleys. We also show you how to fix the errors by adopting a pickleball swing that is the least you need to get the job done. And that is how you will reduce the errors in all your shots.

0:00 The top source of your pickleball errors
1:12 The backswing in your pickleball dink that is causing your popups
3:00 How compact can you make your pickleball paddle swing on your dink?
3:54 The best swing for a longer shot – like a pickleball serve
4:56 The best swing for your pickleball volley

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Tony
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