I have written about the third shot drop shot and the soft game on JBRish a number of times. This is a wonderful skill to develop to help win pickleball games…but to be consistently good takes lots of practice. I can hit one every once in a while, but that percentage isn’t going to win many games.
Pickleballers who don’t have a great third shot drop shot, or perhaps a poor soft game overall, need not despair. Jennifer Lucore has an interesting take on drop shots and dinking in pickleball.
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“Pickleball is a ribbon of dreams, a tale told by a genius, full of sound and fury, signifying everything! The ferocious triumph of the human will to excel is a thing of beauty to behold. All four players should be proud.” Keith via comment on – 15 Shots to Kitchen Line
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“The Pickleball Channel uploaded this video (linked below), that shows how it took Alex Hamner and me 15 shots to make it to the kitchen line (24 more shots to win) straight to their Facebook page on February 22, 2016, and at the time of this blog post the video had 121,270 views with 1,433 people sharing this video!”
Jennifer Lucore, a top ranked US Pickleballer has put together this entertaining video of “highlights” from the Canadian Easter Nationals EXHIBITION. I think you will find this brief, four minute, video very entertaining as the players on both sides are very good dinkers and have great reflexes at the NVZ. Some of this is great Pickleball!
I enjoy watching the best players in the nation play Pickleball because I see that they have the same issues we all have. I am not implying that we are all as good as they are, but they make the same kinds of errors we make. The difference is usually the quality of the play. I am an average player and I generally play somewhere in that range so when a shot comes my way, it isn’t always a sophisticated hit, but the problems are the same as those faced by the better players.
If you watch the championship video below, you will note that a good many points are not necessarily won by the team earning that point/fault, but by the other team losing it. In other words, in many cases a player fails to return or mishits a very playable ball and yields that point.
The second set of the match appears to be a runaway, but Heidi Hancock & Tonja Major mount a major comeback.
From the YouTube Video Website:
“Published on Jul 17, 2015
Are you ready to watch four amazing pickleball players at their best? Don’t miss this gold medal match from the So Cal Summer Classic in Oceanside, CA. Pickleball Channel was fortunate enough to get courtside, and we are proud to feature this match in its entirety. Watch Heidi Hancock & Tonja Major battle against Alex Hamner & Jennifer Lucore for gold in the Open Womens Doubles. We love featuring gold medal matches so our subscribers can witness the athleticism and speed required to play for gold!”
Jennifer Lucore is a Pickleball champion and in a recent post on her blog, she explains the process paddles must go through to be sanctioned by the USAPA. There are a few points I think you might find interesting.
Not only do paddles need to pass inspection by USAPA officials, but they also go through third party testing.
Once a paddle is approved, it is listed on the USAPA website.
The sport is really maturing because PB is approaching a milestone of 50 paddle manufacturers.