You know those players at your courts who always seem to be in the rightplace at the right time? They hit the shot that theyneed to hit the right shot. They seem to know what'sgoing on in the court. In this video, I want to share with you a powerful technique that you can use towork your way towards being that player. My name is Tony.I'm your master teaching professional. And what we're going to talkabout in this video is the mind. I'm going to give you a very powerful.
Technique you can use to train your mindso that you become that player who's always in the right place at the righttime, always hitting the right shots. The reason those other players look likethey know what they're doing in every single shot is becausethey're being intentional. If they're trying to target your backhand, for instance, then they'rebeing intentional. They're intending to hit the ball towards your backhand or lob it overyou or whatever they're doing. Their shots are very intentional.
The good news is, intentionalityis a learned skill. It's something that you can work on. It's like think of it like a muscle thatyou develop over time that you can just work it out and you startlearning how to be intentional. The more you're intentional, the more you'll be able to build on itand continue to be intentional. So let's break it down. Let's talk about it simply. So intentionality starts with whereyou stand on the return of serve.
Are you thinking about that? Are you thinking about your court position, where you're standing back therewhen you're getting ready to return serve? Are you thinking about it in terms of front to back, meaning howclose to the baseline you are? Are you also thinkingabout it left or right? Do you want more forehands?Do you want more backhands? If you're not, that'sa good place to start. You can start building intentionality into.
Your game, just into your routineby making those sorts of decisions. The same thing with your shots. Are you intending tohit the ball somewhere? It doesn't mean your ball goes there. That's really important. The result isn't what matters. What matters is that you'reintending a certain type of shot. Let's say you're intendinga third shot drop. Good for you.You missed.
It no problem. You're being intentional. And that's how you add intentionality to every decision you make out there, everyact you take on the pickleball court. But let's broaden it a little bit, because you can work on intentionality before youstart playing and even off the court. And that's important because, again,it's a muscle and you can work it out. You can develop this ability to beintentional by working on your intentionality throughoutyour pickleball experience.
So let's talk about what youdo when you get to the courts. Are you a player who gets to the courtsand they say, hey, we need a fourth. And you just run out there. You haven't gotten your body ready, youhaven't prepared, you haven't warmed up. If you're doing that, we wouldrecommend stop doing that. Be intentional. Start with your intentionality even beforeyou step out on the pickleball court. Let's even go one step back. What are you doing onthe way to the court?.
Are you getting your mind ready to play? If your mind is not ready to play,how do you expect to perform? One piece of advice that you can use is you can listen to one of ourpodcasts, Pickleball Therapy. They're designed specifically for that. If you don't want to listento that podcast, that's fine. Put on something that is appealing to you, that you want to listen to on theway to the courts to get you ready. What is that?.
Intentionality. Now let's even go a stepfarther back from that. What about the night before? You know you're going to playtomorrow for 3 hours, right? You know it's going to be hot. Are you drinking water the night before? If not, what do you expect isgoing to happen the next day? Probably going to get dehydrated. That's intentionality.
It even goes farther back than that. What about, let's say you havetightness in your leg, for instance. You think you're going to be able to dink or run up to the NVZ ifyour leg doesn't work well? Probably not. Intentionality applies to preparingyour body in order to go out there. And it's something thatyou can do right now. You can pause this video and stretch out whatever it is that's bothering you or dosome exercise for two to three minutes.
You can start this eveningbefore you go to bed. Stretch one part of your body. You know what that is? Intentionality. So as you build intentionality, startingfrom the most basic, if you will, although we would suggest it's themost life changing, right? Things like stretching at night, things like working on your bodywill be life changing. Will also improve your pickleball.
You can start there little bylittle, one thing at a time. And what you'll notice is you'll noticeyou'll start being more intentional when you're out on the pickleball court becauseyou'll feel more in control about what you're doing regarding yourpickleball journey, right? So including how your body is prepared,how your mind is prepared, how you're taking your time because it's yourgame that day to get out on the court. If you need time to stretch, you're going to take your time to stretch before youget out on the pickleball court and play. And then what you'll do is you'll start.
Adding intentionality to yourpositioning on the court. I'm going to say it's basic in quotesbecause it's not basic, but it's fundamental and it's necessary whereyou're standing on your return to serve. Start focusing on that. Notice where you're standing. Notice what happens basedon where you're standing. Are you having an easy time returningserve or a difficult time returning serve? If it's difficult, make adjustments. If it's easy, you're noticing it, right?.
That's intentionality, andyou're in a good spot. So you basically start buildingintentionality that way. Then you add it to your shots. Next thing you know, you're adding intentionality to your position on thecourt, whether your partners pulled off the court, and you're defending allsorts of other layers of intentionality. But start adding intentionalityone thing at a time. It's a powerful mind technique that you can use, and you'll become the player thateverybody says, how come that player is.
Always in the right place at the righttime and always has the right shots? Have fun out there.
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The players who seem to hit the right shots and be in the right place every time are players who are being intentional.
You too can add intentionality to your game (and life). It takes a little bit of work but, just like any muscle, you can make it stronger. You will play better pickleball – it is, frankly, the only way.
In this pickleball video, I share different ways you can add intentionality, starting with your court position and growing into how you prepare to play each day. Add one thing at a time.
0:00 Introduction to the Powerful Pickleball Technique for your Mind
1:04 Tip 1 – Be Intentional where you stand on the court
1:30 Tip 2 – Be Intentional with your shots
2:03 Tip 3 – Be intentional when you get to the courts
2:44 Tip 4 – Start intentionality on your way to the pickleball courts
3:10 Tip 5 – Intentionality is everything you do to play your best pickleball and live your best life
4:00 How to start adding Intentionality to your pickleball
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