Do you consistently let your opponents go on Long scoring runs where it seems like nothing will go in your favor if so make sure to watch this whole video it could revolutionize your game today we're going to go over the full strategy of returning and how to prevent the other team from scoring most players put way more time into figuring out serving.

Strategy because this is how you score but return strategy is equally important if not more important it's very difficult to win if you're consistently handing points to your opponents so buckle up today we're going to turn you into an elite level returner also guys we hit a secret giveaway at some point in this video so make sure to watch till.

The end to start I want to go over the return itself the first thing to consider when we hit the return is that we always want to run directly to the kitchen afterward after a certain level every pickleball player needs to start doing this so I encourage you to start if you don't do this already one of the main mistakes that I see in the return.

Is that players hit the ball the same way that they'd hit their drives because of this they consistently hit their returns long and frequently mishit the ball when we hit our returns we can't use the same technique as our drives we need to account for the fact that we're moving forward through the ball and that it's coming at a pretty high speed.

Because of this we want to hit our returns with more of a blocking motion this will make it significantly easier to time the ball and you'll still get good power because you're moving forward through it and it's coming at such a fast pace to do this all you need to do is shorten your backswing a little from your normal stroke many players like to.

Use the chip on the return but they put a little bit of underspin on the ball a lot of Pros do it this way but I would consider this optional as long as you shorten your backswing when we're thinking about how and where to hit the return getting the ball deep is the main thing to consider power will help but using too much power will lower your.

Consistency you want to make the return in every time so try to find the right amount of power and depth to where you can consistently make that happen in terms of going cross-core or down the line hitting the ball Cross Court will keep the ball in the air longer giving you more time to move into the kitchen that being said I usually try to.

Identify the player with the weaker third shot and then Target them most of the time the biggest thing though is that you get into the kitchen quick so you want to make sure that you're moving forward as you hit the ball if your opposed it's serving hard and deep then you may want to start from farther back so that you can still move forward.

Through the ball as you hit it once you get to the kitchen this is where I start to see most players getting the strategy wrong the main thing to consider is that when you're up and your opponents are back your goal should be to keep them back the way that we do this is by hitting deep volleys that make it difficult for them to move in I see a.

Lot of players in the 3.0 to 4.0 range that have difficulty handling their opponent's drives usually what happens is that the player hits a tough drive that the net person isn't ready for and they end up dropping it short as a result in order to play effectively at the kitchen you need to be able to keep players back even if they hit the ball.

Hard Technically when someone hits a really hard ball you want to use less of a swing on your volley you should use more of a blocking motion like this the best way to get better at this is to train with someone where you tell them to blast the ball at you and you try to keep it deep try your best to keep your volleys clean despite the speed of their.

Shots if you don't have anyone to drill with one of the best ways to train your volley reaction time is on a wall the wall is great because you can adjust the speed of the ball based on how hard you're hitting it to practice your reaction to to really hard shots you can even spike the ball to yourself to start off the rally whenever you're doing wall.

Drills I recommend that you use something like the dink pad for guidance this way you have multiple references to aim for in terms of keeping the ball low and out of your opponent's strike zones remember on these hard balls we don't just want to make them back in we want to make them in with Direction and purpose so it's important that you.

Always have predetermined targets when you do these drills anyways you also need to be able to play effectively when your opponents use a drop or a softer shot wire up at a higher level this is going to be the case most of the time the key is that when you're up you try to hit the ball as hard as you safely can at your opponent's feet this goes.

For whether they're hitting the ball hard or soft or whether it's in the air or off the bounce the higher the ball is when you make contact with it the more Pace you should put under your shot if it's lower you'll need to slow down the pace of the ball so you can still get it at their feet while making it over the net why I said to go for their feet and.

Not just deep is because as your opponents start to move in if you go for the Baseline you'll be giving them a nice height volley that they can follow in if they are back the Baseline is the best option but as they start to come in this will hurt you one mistake I see is that players get a nice high easy shot and they do something cute only to let.

Their opponents back in the point ninety percent of the time on a slower high ball your best bet is hit it with maximum power deep in the court at their feet or angle it off the court don't try to be cute guys on the other hand another problem that I see is that players don't adjust when their opponents do successfully make it into.

The kitchen if your opponent hits a good third shot and gets to an even position in the point you need to surrender and give it the fact that you were previously in an offensive position I see so many players in the return where their opponents hit a good shot and make it in and they're still trying to hit the ball hard if the third shot's tough.

And they make it into the net you want to get into the dink game when it comes to this kind of stuff it's better safe than sorry you'd rather get into a consistent dink rally than go for a hard shot that sits up and gets you hit in the face trust me if you're someone that Strays away from dinking in general this is something that you want to put more.

Time into practicing you can practice this with a one-on-one partner or like I said before you can use the dink pad on a wall there's also a mid-range height on these lower shots where you make contact with the ball between your shoulders and your waist in this situation your best bet is to use the Roll by generating a little bit of.

Topspin here it makes it easier to dip the ball over the net so that it lands at your opponent's feet the spin also makes it trickier for them to hit a good drop or reset I've seen the mid-range ball kill players because they're either going for too much power or too little the amount of power we use should depend on the height of the ball and our.

Opponent's position if the ball is at shoulder height you should be able to use a hard roll directly to our opponent's feet regardless of where they are in the court if the ball is at waist tight you can probably go hard if your opponents are all the way back but as they start to move in you'll need to slow this shot down so that it drops at.

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Alright back to returns if you're like me guys playing returning points is generally more stressful because you're at risk of letting your opponents score points on you because of this I feel like a lot of players stray away from the proper strategy that I just talked about and they resort to using dumb shots that can get them out of the point.

Quicker some examples of these shots are aggressive speed UPS where you don't have the right opportunity Drop shots when your opponents are back that just end up luring them in returns that you hit way too hard the list goes on and on just know that sticking with a reliable strategy that I talked about earlier will be your best bet if you want to win.

Returning points consistently the more stressed you are the less you should stray away from using the strategy this gives you a reliable way to keep your opponents from scoring when you're under pressure and it's a numbers game guys don't think just because you lost one point using this strategy that it doesn't work for you use this strategy.

And you'll consistently make it very difficult for your opponents to score there's a reason why every Pro does this and if you want to learn about strategy on your serve watch this thank you
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