This shot in pickle ball is massively undervalued and I’m talking about the return of serve the reality is if you hit a really good return of serve it will give your team a massive advantage to win the rally so in this video we’re going to give you tips to execute a really good return of serve as well as a drill to help you practice and be sure.

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Side that being said there’s not a lot positionally that you need to keep in mind but I will say this you really should give yourself room on this Baseline in order to return that serve because with that there’s only one rule with this shot and it’s that you have to let it bounce so that’s why you really want to make sure you give yourself some.

Margin here at the Baseline just in case they serve a really deep ball you’re not jammed up when hitting your return so now we’re going to go over a few tips that are really going to improve your return the first tip that we’re going to go over is you really want to focus on getting that return deep a lot of people will ask me is it.

Better to have kind of a slow loopy deep return or is it better to have a short and fast return and I would always 10 times out of 10 pick the Deep return no matter the pace putting your opponent back on their Baseline is going to make that third shot harder for them and give you an advantage this next tip is really going.

To help the trajectory of your ball and it’s making sure that you’re hitting the return of serve on your front foot a mistake I often see is people will hit the return and they’re on their back foot what this does is it causes your momentum to take you back all of the sudden you’re popping your return up really high so it’s really important.

That you give yourself this margin at the Baseline and step into your shot and finish with your weight on your front leg so our next next tip is that when we’re hitting that return of serve we really want to use our lower extremities and our core to generate power instead of that upper body so a great thing you could think about is taking that paddle.

Side hip and really driving through the ball almost like you’re creating momentum with that backside hip and it’s going to carry you forward as you swing the next tip is all about your follow through a lot of times I’ll see the the mistake that people are shortening up their follow through it’s like they’re not hitting through their.

Ball which can cause a lot of shorter returns again our goal here is to hit a really deep return so imagine like you’re hitting two or three balls ahead of where you’re actually going that’s going to help you create a better follow-through for a good return so our final tip is to make sure you use this shot to your advantage by.

Following your return into the kitchen line I see a lot of players especially those that come from a tennis background they’re very comfortable just swinging and staying back or watching that ball but remember in pickle ball we want to put pressure on our opponents as they’re hitting their third shot so it’s more advantageous to hit that shot and let.

Your momentum take you on in to the kitchen line so this drill is really going to help you practice hitting a deep return so the setup is you’re going to take one side of the court and split it into three different sections there’s going to be a section from the kitchen to the first cone that’s one point that middle.

Section is two points and the farthest section from the Baseline is three points the goal is if you’re the person hitting the returns you want to collect the most amount of points meaning hitting the deepest returns you’re going to hit 10 serves from each side so I’ll be hitting 10 returns from the right side 10 returns from the left side.

Seeing how many point points that I can collect then your partner is going to go and you’re going to see who has the most points so this is what it’s going to look like so that was three points since I got it in the furthest section and that was out so I don’t get any points for that it’s also really.

Important that you are making sure that you’re running up to the kitchen line right after you hit it so you’re practicing again not staying back on that return I got two points on that one and three points on that and we just go and we practice both serves from the right side then the left side so once.

You hit 10 serves from one side you go ahead and switch to the other that was two so as you can see you really want to make sure that you’re hitting those deep returns because that’s what’s going to give you the most advantage and the most points for the game thanks so much for watching this video make sure that you.

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Your pickleball serve return will set up the entire rally to earn the serve back to your team. Learn more about tips and strategies for your return of serve, including how to pressure your opponents, why momentum after your serve return is important, and where you should be standing on the court during this underrated pickleball shot. Follow along for the best tips and a drill to become an expert in your pickleball return of serve.

0:00 – The most undervalued shot in pickleball
0:33 – Tips to execute the perfect serve return
1:18 – Tip #1: Choose depth over speed
1:53 – Tip #2: Transfer your weight to your front foot
2:26 – Tip #3: Drive forward with paddle-side hip
2:55 – Tip #4: Hit through two imaginary pickleball balls
3:19 – Tip #5: Let your momentum take you to the net
3:48 – Drill #1: Practice hitting a deep return of serve
5:45: PlayPickleball.com

The return of serve shot is one of the most undervalued shots in pickleball. If you hit a good serve return, it will give your team an advantage to win the rally. We’re going to give you tips to execute a good return of serve, as well as a drill to help you practice.
Tips to execute the perfect serve return

The return of serve is the first shot hit on the court after the serve. It is returned by the player who is standing diagonally across the net from the server. You have to let the serve bounce, so you will want to make sure you give yourself some margin at the baseline in case they serve a really deep ball.

Tip #1: Choose depth over speed

When returning a serve, you will want to focus on getting the return deep. If you are choosing between a slow loopy deep return or a short and fast return, in most circumstances you will be better served by choosing the deep return. This will put your opponent back on their baseline and is going to make that third shot harder for them and give you an advantage.

Tip #2: Transfer your weight to your front foot

Placing your feet in the right place will help the trajectory of your ball and make sure that you’re hitting the return of serve on your front foot. Hitting your return of serve shot on your back foot will cause your momentum to take you back, and you are more likely to pop your return up high. To stay on your front foot, you will want to give yourself a margin at the baseline, step into your shot, and finish with your weight on your front leg.

Tip #3: Drive forward with paddle-side hip

When you’re hitting your return of serve, you will want to use your core to generate power instead of your upper body. Take your paddle side hip and drive through the ball, which will create momentum with your backside hip and carry you forward as you swing.

Tip #4: Hit through two imaginary pickleball balls

A mistake many pickleball players make when returning the serve is not following through your ball, which can cause a shorter return. Because you want to hit a deep return, imagine you’re hitting two or three balls ahead of where you’re going. This will help you create a better follow-through for a good serve return.

Tip #5: Let your momentum take you to the net

Learn how to use the return of serve to your advantage by following your return into the kitchen line. A lot of players, especially those that come from a tennis background, are very comfortable returning the serve and staying back at the baseline. But in pickleball, we want to put pressure on our opponents as they’re hitting their third shot — so it’s more advantageous to hit that shot and let your momentum take you to the kitchen line.

Drill #1: Practice hitting a deep return of serve

Watch the video above to practice hitting a deep return of serve during your next game or practice.