Hi there I'm Mark rennison at a grand opening for brand new park in our community on this episode of pickleball today we're going to do a pro Point breakdown for Major League pickleball we are going to talk about how you can train on your own and get the most out of it and we're even gonna go on a road trip so let's get to it.

okay so first things first if you're looking for things you can do on your own to become more fit to become a fitter player let's not talk about me let's not talk about me go to someone like Fernando fit Pro right he's got tons of content you can find it all on Selkirk TV Fernando fit Pro's got tons.

Of things you can do to just be like in better shape when it comes to playing pickleball what I want to focus on today are some of the things that we can do by ourselves to become better players right so more like the technical side of things that you can work on if you want to train on your own okay so for the fitness side of stuff go go watch.

Fernando he's great and let's us talk about what we're gonna do on the court okay so I've got a few different paddles with me here today and uh some of you maybe you've seen some of our other videos we've shot from here we have the kids out and so we had a bunch of demo paddles.

Um I have loved playing with the uh Power air it's been great and this is the Epic version of it which was the very first cell quick paddle I ever used was the Epic shape this has been great but you know what I want to give something else a try here and it's not this it's not the green machine which my four-year-old.

Absolutely adores I want to try out today is this the SLK Omega Max you probably know the SLK is the more affordable line of paddles by Selkirk I full disclosure here I played with a whole bunch of SLK paddles and I love them I love them they've like they look good they feel good I don't know I've just been having a great time with them.

So when I got the Omega Max in the mail recently I thought oh I need a chance to go out and try this so this seems like our chance okay so we should probably do some sort of warm-up activity and again Fernando's your guy if you want like the really fun activities but I'm just gonna do a quick light jog back and forth maybe a little bit of footwork so back.

In a sec foreign backwards you got to run backwards when you play Pickleball If You're Gonna Play well it's not the running backwards that's the problem this one actually feels pretty good.

The old bones oops screwed up the pattern that's good enough let's get to hitting some balls so when most of us think about practicing on our own probably the thing that we think is easiest to do and it is is serving right you don't need someone else to hit the ball to you when you serve so let's work on our serve and.

Really there's going to be sort of two things mainly I want to focus on one is the depth of the serve and one is the direction of the serve now let's start with the depth first why is a deep serve important well I hope you don't say because it keeps them back doesn't keep anybody back at least not good players they still return serve.

They still come to the net so what is the value of a deep serve well there's two things well I guess you could say a three there's two reasons that we want the serve to be deep the first is that if you hit deep they may not stay back right good players still come to the net but their Journey forward to the non-volley line.

Is going to be longer right if you push them behind the Baseline when they're hitting the return instead of their on or inside the Baseline they're gonna have farther to run and if they have farther to run there's a better chance that they don't get all the way to their line right all the way to the happy place at the non-volley line or there's.

A better chance that they hit a slower higher return so they have more time to get up there that's also good for you because you probably prefer having more time to get ready for that third shot right so that's one reason that we want to be able to serve deep is it makes their Journey to the net a little bit longer now why else might we want to.

Serve deep what has to do with timing because if that ball lands closer to them if it's land closer to the Baseline all of a sudden there's less time between the bounce and the hit they're going to have less time between when the ball lands on the court and when they've got to make contact and if the timing is more difficult they're less likely to.

Hit a high quality shot right so a good deep serve can make the timing a little more difficult make it more likely that they have some sort of error whether it's an error outright or an error just they don't put the ball or where they want that's good for you too there's one more reason and this is especially true here at these chords okay so take a look.

At these chords so there's very little distance between here well let's just like take one step and I'm at the fence one and a half steps like this is a short distance between the bass sound and the net and I'm sure lots of you play on pickleball courts where you've got tons of room around the back but there's a lot of.

Quartz especially if you're talking about indoor courts but there's not a ton of space between the bass line and the fence and so what will happen is if you serve deep and all of a sudden the ball is landing like somewhere back here then that's going to make it much more difficult for them they're not going to be able to back up as much because.

They've got the fence in the way they might have to take a shorter swing so those are three good reasons why we want to serve deep so let's do it all right this was actually way tough for me to set up on the fence than I thought it was going to be but I think we got you it's sort of secure you're wobbling a little bit but this is fine.

Okay so how deep is deep enough well the deeper the better obviously now if you're a less experienced player it's a little bit tougher to get the ball exactly where you want you might give yourself a bigger Target right you might say Landing it from here back is fine if you're more advanced player you might want to push yourself and say you wanted.

To land from here back okay I'm gonna give myself like we're gonna say medium challenge to start so let me get some cones okay here we go so we're gonna say that I'd like to get that ball past these cones I don't really care right now how I get it there it could be a slower higher ball or it could be a lower faster one but we're just gonna.

Try to get them past the cones now just realize I don't have a ton of balls here so I'm gonna have to pick some up I got seven seven balls this is not many all right well let's see how we're doing here we're gonna start just like medium speed bit of an arc see if we can get them passed.

And that would be all for one one for two that's long oh that's good oh you know why that was a different ball three for four borderline four for five that's short four for six five for seven okay five for seven good we can run and pick up the balls it's a.

Little bit of Fitness on the way okay so let's say I did that and I was happy with that and I could do a few rounds of it if I wanted a couple things we could do here one is we could change the target we could make it deeper that'd be fine two is we could change the kind of serve we hit mine were fairly slow fairly High.

Fairly safe serves but wouldn't it be great if I could get it deep in the court like this but really like hit it harder so my opponents have less time to react I think it'd be great so let's do that same Target but now it's gonna be a fast serve all right here we go to my best Tyson McGuffin one for one.

Oh we'll have to check the check the tape for that one that's great also great yep so Mega Max is feeling amazing ooh long that's that's what you get okay so there we go it was like five or six depending on how that second one went.

All right it's not bad so again I think what we're gonna do I'm gonna pick up these balls and then we're gonna make the target tougher I'm gonna make a bit deeper okay so why don't we say half the distance to the goal okay and we're gonna say we gotta do it the same way it's still going to be that.

Low fast serve got helped out by the net I think that's short that's a Butte uh borderline out that's good last one come on baby yeah okay so I'm pretty happy with that you.

Can see the consistency went down a little bit because now the target was tougher but it was still not bad I was still pretty happy so got a couple of choices here one is I could continue to work on this all right try to get the consistency higher or two I can make it difficult by adding more pressure in real pickleball when you serve if you.

Miss there's a consequence right there's a price to pay side out or your opponents get the serve well that's the side out or your partner takes over certain right you lose your serve right now when I've been doing this training there's really no consequence.

Right whether I get seven out of seven or four out of seven it doesn't really matter I'm not in trouble I don't lose anything there's no price so what we want to do if we want to be able to do this in a game not just here when we're practicing is I've got to like create some sort of.

Penalty right I've got to pay some sort of price if I don't hit the serve the way I want so what could this penalty be well could be anything I could I don't have to run some laps I could slap myself on the wrist I could give a quarter to my Nemesis right um whatever it might be so uh what I'm.

Gonna do for my penalty here is that every time that the serve doesn't go where it's supposed to doesn't land where's our Target area in our Target area every time I miss the serve five push-ups okay let's try it and again we're not gonna take the easy way out with those High slow ones we're still going to do the low fast ones all right.

Here we go come on I think we're safe there one for one that is definitely short now especially after missing a serve and you feel the push-ups you don't want to miss the next one right that's kind of like real pickleball too once you make an error you're more aware of your errors come on.

That is also short okay so I don't want to say I'm choking here but I didn't see that I think it caught the line that's way short come on Renaissance I don't even know what we're at it's terrible though okay this one relax what.

Would Morgan Evans do here we go that is long there he Morgan Evans but not miss long like that oh one two three okay.

Oh this is the worst well as you can see I sort of failed under the pressure there choked probably the appropriate word it's one thing to be able to hit these serves when there's nothing on the line but it's another one there's a consequence and the consequence could be small five push-ups.

And in the end honestly the five push-up is probably good for me but this is a really important aspect of training if you want to be able to perform then you've got to be able to do this skill when it counts when there's a penalty for failing so.

This is a good way to do that so there you go if you want to be able to go and practice your serve on your own do this grab some cones grab a bag grab whatever it is you can make the targets progressively tougher right just like we did here you can make the serve you have to hit a little bit tougher but the really important thing here once you've.

Kind of like mastered the basics of it is to say can I do it under pressure and that's where you create those consequences for yourself yeah we have to do some push-ups but you know what you'll be stronger off here good luck not too long ago I got to go to.

Beautiful Chilliwack British Columbia it's just about an hour East by car from Vancouver and chillax a beautiful place a nice part of the province you got lots of streams out there you got lots of hills you got some mountains and uh before I went out to go do some pickleball coaching I thought you know what let's go for a little nature walks.

Why don't you come with me on this nature walk beautiful Trail here gotta love it this little bit of Outdoors ruggedness but you know some steps along the way make it a nice easy path and we had a beautiful day to do this so we finally get to the top of the hill say hello furry friends and uh let's take a look.

Take a look at the lookout beautiful Chilliwack got about 100 000 people and a really active Community there's a lot of Outdoors action that goes on there whether we're talking about pickleball or we're talking about other kinds of sports and so I took a little look around to see what was going on I love these outdoor.

Playgrounds uh but also sort of the adult playgrounds right those little Fitness stations you can go to of course here's the stadium and the skatepark and this was in the middle of a school day so the kids were you know doing school stuff now before I went on court I said you know what I should have a little lunch and then head.

Over to the landing Sports Center this is a really interesting place you don't see many this is an indoor tennis court you don't typically see it with the surface but uh you can see they divide the pickleball courts using the tennis net and then I got to sit down some of the board members just a little bit perfect there we go so the Chilliwack.

Pickleball Club started in 2017 and we used to play at Evergreen Hall but we outgrew that place and then we came over here and we talked the city into uh facing this place to us on an hourly basis we have 14 courts here and we have 333 members play every day of the week and recently we joined up with.

Pickleball Canada and try to teach us much pickleball as we can we try to make it the best pickleball Club in BC I think the biggest challenge is we went from 60 members to 330 members in a few short years and then also this year we changed our website over to pick World Canada and so it's sort of a challenge for maybe a few seniors with the.

Technical aspects of the computer and registering through pickleball Canada and then also as Lyle mentioned we're doing our sign up for court some people brackets and that in itself can be a challenge first thing we do with everybody is we do an orientation just to get a bit of a feel for how you know the skill level.

That a person has what kind of hand-eye coordination they have and after that we make an assessment on them and then they kind of get put into the other 330 members somewhere in the list and then from then they can work their way up and up or down by playing games we use pickleball brackets to keep track of everybody and your rating system kind of.

Goes with that and it's pretty much an internal rating system we run a variety of programs we have reading sessions for people to get rooted and we also have court assignment and we have like you know silver and gold and two up and two down and mixers so try and offer something for everybody and we also offer skills and drills we.

Do that on Tuesdays now where we encourage people that are beginners to come out and teach them how to play the game and after all of that they were nice enough to let me join them for a couple open play games we had a great time out there on the court and all the people in Chilliwack really accommodating really.

Welcoming you can see why the pickleball scene is growing there so much dedicated volunteers of course you always need that if you're going to run a community pickleball Club so after we played a little pickleball had a good time said you know what let's go for that hike again I'm just kidding iPad is not what I did.

Instead I went for dinner this time out of pizza great time if you are interested if you're in the Chilliwack area why not hit up the chillock pickleball Club you can find them on Facebook uh you can just do a Google search this will come up thanks to everyone at the Chilliwack pickleball club for welcoming there had a great.

Time can't wait to be back thank you so Deb Harrison thanks for joining me thank you Mark renison yeah um so look we're here right now at the 2022 US Open uh you every time I look at the the draws or at the the metals being awarded somewhere on there I have.

Seen your name for many years um how many of these U.S open tournaments have you been at well I'll have to think about that I think the first one was 2016. would that be right yeah so you've basically been at all of them yeah um and so tell me a little bit about this this tournament in particular I.

Want to talk about pickleball in general in a moment but this particular tournament how have you seen it sort of change and evolve let's say in the the last six years that it's been going on oh I think the talent is amazing and it's such a thrill to be here it's such a it's so great to see the new talent coming through the game itself is.

Changing immensely I mean these no names come up in in whip and whip your butts you know so it's very exciting you can go into a match and not know people and they are extraordinarily talented yeah um so it's it's a great oh it's such a wonderful Sport and the venue has changed itself it's gotten bigger they've had a 3.2 million dollar complex.

Also it's small enough so you can see people all your friends you know where the tent is um you say hi they follow you around you follow them around it's well I'm super well I have followed you around a little bit and it takes a really long time to follow you around because every few steps there's another person coming over.

To say oh Deb I love your videos oh Deb Harrison how's it going right you're one of the friendliest people sort of in the pickleball world right now and so I imagine when you come to a tournament like this there's a lot of chatting that ends up going on here well it's it's amazing the number of people I don't know who know me because I've done.

Over 200 plus videos since for about 10 years now and it's two a month so that adds up to a lot and my technique and my teaching technique has changed immensely over the years too I've still remain the same I think what people enjoy about my videos is the Simplicity and maybe the shortness and conciseness and I work a lot on the skill components rather than.

Strategy components so someone leave it to Tony royg or somebody else to work on the strategy components but if you have good fundamentals you can play a really good game of pickleball well this is something I wanted to talk to you and I want to talk to you about the videos in particular in a minute um tell me how did you get into coaching.

Because I know when I first got into the pickleball world and I was like okay who's sort of out there doing things right your name was one of the first ones that came up but I don't think I know any of the back story about how you got into the sort of pickleball in general or coaching pickleball in particular well I started when I was.

About 55 and I was on the verge of retiring so I I was in I think Fort Myers Florida and what kind of work did you do I was I was a teacher and I worked at a tennis club I also was a co-owner of a jewelry store believe it or not for about five or plus years and um in all the while I've always been an athlete of some my training is in.

Physical education and teaching and coaching early on my sport was field hockey way back when you know I made the U.S team in 1968 and uh carried on and I've just always loved the sports you know so then then I got into tennis club and I found pickleball in Fort Myers in one court and said I have to go someplace where.

They have a little bit more challenging pickleball so I went to The Villages where they had 70 Courts at the time and now they have 200 and 140 courts right now so and what you went out and you just said hey I I just love that I'm available for lessons like how you know was it the kind of thing where some people would step on the court and.

You're just there to play and then you'd offer a tip here or there and it kind of said hey maybe I can do this whole coaching thing or was it more formal I started teaching at The Villages kind of under the radar because we're not allowed to collect money for teaching on Villages property so then I had to find a venue so I went to Grand.

Was it was Grand Oaks Equestrian Center where they had one pickleball court that I could teach and now I'm at Recreation Plantation in Fruitland Park which is 10 minutes from my house and they have allowed me to teach on a court or courts with the provision that I give a free clinic for their residents once a week so I think this is a fair exchange for.

My ability to give ongoing lessons well I'm sure it's it's good for you I'm sure it's good for the people for the the facility itself I'm sure it's really good for the people that get to take the lessons so about you know you come from a teaching back and what did you teach you said phys Ed so can you tell me a little bit about.

You know from like a coaching perspective um sort of like what's your what are your priorities what's your mindset what's your methodology right if someone was to describe like what does Deb Harrison like as a coach um or maybe they know you better as you.

Said from the videos picklepong Deb what is she like as a coach what um what's her style like like how would you either describe it yourself or hope that other people describe it my style is soft um gentle not militaristic not my way or the highway not my highway or the highway you've got to find your own way.

And I I first of all ask a student or a group what's on your mind what's your issues and let's target them you know it might be anything it might be keeping the ball down might be hitting the ball hard and you need all of this um the big thing is third Chad drop you know a lot of people want that especially the 303540 levels but I I go.

With the group the person and and I I've got enough background that I can just tailor it to the lesson if I have a beginner I focus on four things I focus on their ability to volley I start with that then I go to a return of serve and serve if they can do all those three things they can play the game of pickleball they do not need to think but.

They do need to do all those through three things and they can have a great time playing this game so I'm fascinated um how how quickly you answered that question what is your style and you said soft or gentle I'm really interested in that can you say more about like what that means what that looks like how do we what are.

Some of the markers if I was out there watching you teaching a private lesson or a group lesson or whatever it is that would say oh this is what she means by gentle or soft can you say more about that okay for example if someone says I want to improve my volleying ability well I'm very capable of putting the ball on their paddle where they want it.

Whenever they want it you know with with control so it's cooperative and then I'll I'll say okay you know change this change that get your ready position this way that way and we'll do it until they get it foreign.

Pickleball let's check out this mixed doubles point in its entirety and then we're gonna break it down because this again didn't really go the way either of the teams expected oh yes all players on every part of that Court.

All right quick player ID on the top of your screen returning serve we got Rob nunnery playing alongside Irena tarashenko on the near side of the Court AJ Kohler and his partner Lee Whitwell so notice here none are we returning the surf he's choosing to play his backhand and that's because he wants to avoid the dominant player that's Kohler he wants.

To Target Whitwell with this backhand slice return and the idea here is if he can use a little bit of side spin you can get that ball to land and play them maybe kick out to the right side of the chord getting to Whitwell Kohler is going to have none of that he chases that ball look how far he goes but he realizes there's some open court there.

Can't very well play a drive or it's going to get redirected to that open chord so what does he do well he goes with the third shot lob it's not a shot you see very often but he did have success earlier in this match went to it again and for good reason I guess you look here a bit of a miscommunication between nunnery and tarashenko you can.

Hear him telling her that's her ball don't think it is that's a high forehand sir meanwhile Whitwell realizes this Miss communication happened she starts to crash the net Tara shank goes in big trouble with her back to the court not going to win many points from that position and so Whitwell then comes forward because she is hoping that there.

Is some sort of high ball that comes over the net that she can pounce on a watch here when she comes forward she takes up a lot of space in the middle of the Court you'll see Kohler has stayed back maybe he thought that ball was going out maybe he's just admiring how great that lob was anyway Whitwell she comes over takes up a lot of space in.

The middle and handed to Kohler here he stays back even though he's typically the dominant player he stays back he lets Whitwell do her thing taking up space there now when that ball comes over to Whitwell she's got a decision she looks and she sees that both nunnery and Tara shrinkle they are far back so instead of keeping them back what she's.

Going to do here she's going to play a little drop volume now where is she going to play Down the Line Cross Court down the middle well she is going to play this ball a little bit of a cross court and the reason is that ball is now going to bounce sort of away from her opponents right instead of playing down the line work it was a bit straighter or.

To them so she's gaining maximum Advantage here getting this ball to rebound a little bit off to the side and Off to the Races go taroshenko and nunnery watch Rob here as he flips over his paddle sort of tough to see here the resolution base flipped over even though it's on the forehand side he's hitting.

It with a backhand that is the only way he's going to dig that ball now here's where I think a bit of a mistake by Whitwell now that color is back up at the net she probably should have moved a little to the right side of the court because there is some open space here that nunnery is able to find and actually put well in a weak position.

Look at tarashenko taking up space there to play some defense but from this position there's not much Whitwell can do so she's just gonna play this kind of like nothing ball that sort of downline backhand to Tara shenko's backhand right so tereschenko nunnery get out of a jam a little bit now what does Irina do while she plays this Cross Court.

I mean you know hindsight is 20 20 but I sort of think at this point tarashenko's got a good two-handed backhand perhaps There's an opportunity here for her to drive this ball down the line Kohler's sort of creeping a little bit left still covering the Cross Court thought maybe Irina could take a rip instead she decides to play the safer ball this.

Cross Court drop maybe giving Rob nunnery a chance to get back in the play that ball sits up too high and Kohler is so good on this backhand side very strong creates a lot of speed just off flicking that backhand and you'll see here Kohler really patrolling up near the net trying to intercept anything he can get his paddle on.

Tarashenko from that low position on the backhand plays this Cross Court you'll see it sits up just above net height Kohler pokes it and he doesn't hit this ball that hard I mean it's not obviously a high ball but he is able to get that ball down into the dirt maybe a little over aggressive from nunnery and taroshenko coming forward like that but.

More importantly once again we see this miscommunication they're fighting over that ball and when teammates fight over a ball things don't typically end well for them that ball gets popped up and it's like a one-two punch for Kohler finishes it with the forehand into the open Corner Crowd Goes absolutely berserk or just.

One more time open Corner whitwell's pumped up tarashenko nunnery can't believe it there's Kyle Yates in the white with the backwards hat look how high that guy jumps crowd is going bananas they love it Kohler is fired up went well the left-handed almost like she's hitting the ball into.

The crowd and uh yeah that's how this point ishenko they can't believe it they should have fought so hard to get back into the play crowd loving it there's Yates again coming across cheering on his team color is like um how did we pull that one off with my third shot lob I don't know but Whitwell you did a lot.

Of the work out there lady Gibraltar as she's known let's watch this point one more time as we see here that one two punch getting that ball down into the dirt on the backhand side from Kohler finishing it off at the forehand watch again from its beginning because this was a great point so much good Pro pickleball out.

There these days I love these team events they're fun to watch everyone gets into it especially when you see high quality play like this a little bit of everything not quite how you draw up the points I love it that's where you get to see the improvisation from these players the energy of these events is amazing so.

Check it out whether it's majorly pickleball or any other team's events highly recommend great stuff out there for four terrific players after all that hustle Tara shenko and nunnery all right thanks for watching this episode of pickleball today today I would love to know what do you think.

About the show what do you like what do you dislike what do you want to see more of or maybe what do you want to see less of why not send me an email Mark thirdshotsports.com is the best way to get in touch and don't forget you can find us on all the social media just look for us at third shot Sports until next time I'm Mark Renaissance thanks.

For watching I'm gonna go play on the swings thank you
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