Foreign okay guys we're gonna focus on some drills today that are wrapped around individuals that um tend to hit a punch volley but maybe don't move through it maybe tend to pause a little too early at the point of contact um maybe it's for a wide range of.
Reasons um but but we're going to really focus on extending out getting that easy pop recognizing that extension is necessary if you want to get easy power you really have to go out and get it but we're but we're not going to get overextended we talked about this uh you know earlier on in the common tenancy portion.
Um you know if if you make contact with your arm being too extend it it's like meeting a dead wall there's not much power out there so we talked about you know meeting that second imaginary Ball but keeping your arm moving through contact there's something to be said with sticking a volley as your arm moves through contact versus getting to.
Extended this is you know a subtle thing but it makes a big difference you know with tennis if you were to just kind of uh Flex you know flex your tricep and lock your wrist and make have a good contact Point you're going to be able to get depth but with pickleball the ball doesn't doesn't travel quite as fast there's not it's not catapulting off.
Those strings so we want to be like that that box or that analogy or if I'm going to punch Tyson I want to have that elbow slightly bent but I'm not going to punch him and pop back I want to move through contact right so we want our contact point to be here but we want to extend through contact after we hit to make sure we're getting that ball level but.
Getting that good depth on our volleys okay think about the the Big Technical nugget that made sense in the skills portion and focus on using that nugget in the drills here okay guys uh the first drill here today that we're going to focus on uh coach Kyle here is going to be acting as a teacher he's going to be hand feeding he's going to be.
Cooperative with his hand feed I will be the student I will be working on having the correct technique with my forehand and backhand volley keeping things nice and tucked in and moving through the punch volley and not stopping keep in mind if this drill is going to work uh and if these t teacher is going to feed it to the correct location the teacher.
Needs to toss it underhand falls in the fingertips I think about having light fingertip pressure as you toss and part of the reason guys so we're just going to go forehand here part of the reason we're using the wall here is we we know that we want to push through contact but we want to make sure that we're not gearing up with the big.
Back swing right so if Tyson tried to take his elbows back for a big back swing the wall is going to resist that right so if you can find a wall to do this even better even better I'm going to have a nice light grip here working on my own hands being nice and nice and fluffy see how see how uh the paddle's staying inside of peripheral it.
Doesn't leave peripheral I I know where the paddle's going to we can go 10 on the forehand and 10 on the back can nice you know same idea here uh as far as Direction I'm leading with what leading with the knuckles forehand side leading with the Palm so same Focus as the as the dinks and then we change roles same idea coach Kyle.
Okay so I'm working on hand and eye coordination I'm tossing good athletic stance beautiful see how cows at 10 o'clock he's just slowly opening and opening this up let's say if this was a book he's like it's like he's opening up one little page of the book this would be opening up the whole book okay you're just opening up.
One little tiny page there okay short and sweets like you're giving somebody a high five beautiful there we go notice what I'm doing with my shoulders as well right I'm not keeping my shoulders totally straight as I open the book If I just did that with my wrist the ball is going to go where that direction so watch what.
Happens if I push my shoulders to the left just a little bit I'm able to straighten sorry sorry my wrist out and go back okay so there's a lot of side to side movement with our shoulders yeah when we're doing this drill and and and you may think that this is this is so simple and it doesn't have much meaning at all but there's a lot of meaning.
Behind him sliding uh you know sliding out of this dead space area gaining space and being able to hit a better ball show us what not to do okay ready here or or or okay perfect okay so he's sliding he's gaining space he's sliding and gaining space and utilizing that forehand see how he slides he gains.
Space perfect versus taking it as a backhand and getting jammed perfect beautiful okay okay so we'll go both uh uh 10 on the forehand town on the backhand switch rolls okay guys second drill here um coach Kyle here is going to be the teacher I would be the student um as a as a teacher Your Role is to be.
Driving uh driving ground strokes both forehands and backhands and and and almost trying to put a bullet through the through the student here as a student my job is to maintain good ready position punch through that volley and to aim past the the cone so we're going to say that transition zone is going to break that box in half okay so I would.
Say um you know put put cones in the transition zone and obviously aim aim uh aim a little deeper here okay here's how the drill is going to work go ahead all right sorry my phone here we go there we go here we got my fault oh.
And notice how if Tyson executes good depth on his ball notice how I'm either getting pushed back or I'm definitely held at Bay staying at the Baseline so when we're up at the kitchen line we want to keep our opponents back and volume with good depth but still making sure it's level is the best way to do that remember I'm.
Providing all the power as the driver all Tyson needs to do is have a good contact Point use my pace and then if his balls are landing a little too short just make sure he's pushing through that volley yeah there's and there's nothing wrong I mean if I if I find myself falling short and I'm getting and I'm and I'm trying to extend and I'm not.
Able to get enough depth maybe I try that I try that same thing but I focus on timing maybe getting my arm bent and moving through contact but sometimes just like the timing of the point of contact doesn't allow you to get the ball deep enough so focus on the timing focus on watching the ball all the way in seeing the ball nice and big looking.
At the holes looking at the seam but there's something to be said with just timing in general and hitting it clean and getting uh you know effortless depth yeah yeah that perfect contact point for sure so a a more advanced version here would be volley deep volley deep once Kyle sees that I've always short he can he can draw Drive come in Crash Play-Doh.
Okay it's kind of fun here so uh uh you know this is a more experience drill but if I volley short that gives my teacher license to drive or to drop and then play it out okay so it's kind of punishment for me for volume short okay deep uh-huh I'll take it once I've always short oh sorry.
Beautiful we're gonna play it out look at the wheels baby look at the wheels uh-huh so we have a little fun you're very good again again same thing here and go ah so my ball wasn't deep enough close it was close yeah yeah there we go same.
Thing here I feed deep ah deep God short a few drops I see okay now we're gonna we're gonna change roles.
Yep he's trying to volley D push me back okay so now same thing here iffy volley's short that's going to give me a license to come up close in and we'll play it out so I'll go ahead and follow one short ready here holy shorts I'm driving plan it out.
I like it very good stuff sweet the game is going to consist of uh one side is going to be hitting punch volleys that person has to hit two punch volleys past the half court line uh once they've hit two punch volleys past the half court line then the point is live this is a great game to work on uh if you struggle with not getting enough.
Depth on your volley when people are driving it at you so this is a great way to keep your opponents at Bay and make them think twice before they try to power through you uh when you're in your games okay guys here we go so um I'm gonna be um I'm gonna be punching volleys coach Kyle is going to be driving ground.
Strokes this is a game that starts out as a drill that turns into a game okay I have to hit two punch volleys past the uh past the markers once I've hit two punch volleys past the markers and I've gotten that correct depth then Kyle's going to come in and play the point out ready here feeding there's one there's two now we're live.
Okay that's okay very good very good uh here we go two punch volleys there's one there's two now we're live huh yeah pretty
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