Do you use a camera that takes AA, AAA rechargeable batteries? Do you have trouble keeping track of which batteries are fully charged and which need to be recharged?
I have developed a method that is simple and effective. I use one of the plastic cases that generally comes with batteries if you purchase them online or via mail order. You can purchase these cases separately as well.
Below is a picture of the case and you will notice that I have two arrows on the outside of the case. These are made with indelible marker. When the plus terminals of the batteries are facing in the same direction as the arrow, the batteries are charged.
When a battery is used up, the terminal goes down. Thus the in the picture below, the battery with the yellow arrow is still charged while the battery with the red arrow needs charging.
When I travel with the batteries, I use a rubber band around the case to avoid a mess if the case should be dropped. That way the batteries don’t go dancing across the floor. Good luck separating them at that point without using a meter. Rubber bands from broccoli in the supermarket produce department are ideal for this!
If this isn’t “your style”, you can click the link to see how Nick Minorehas found a different way to solve this problem.
When hearing from Pickleball coaches or reading books about Pickleball strategies, it is often professed that the third shot drop shot is the “gold standard” of play.
What that means is that after the serve, the opposing team returns serve and the serving team should then drop the ball into the non-volley zone (the kitchen). This is a good strategy for many occasions, but it is also a hard shot to make repeatedly without much practice.
Another point to consider is that the opposing team might “catch” on to this ploy and begin to move up on the ball.
Having a variety of third shot options might help. Deb Harrison’s Pickleball Tip Bit (video below) offers some ideas in this area.
Photographer Jeff Hirsch has created this one minute video to explain why photographers do what they do. As he notes, photographers can “seize the moment” and “freeze time.” As I once explained to one of my photography students decades ago: “In the picture you create, there is a world that will never again appear in that exact juxtaposition; ever!”
This is a fast moving video, but watch all the beautiful pictures fly by and admire the sights and “captures” that Jeff Hirsch has seen and made.
Words & Images by Jeff Hirsch: http://www.jeffhirsch.com
Music: “The Time To Run” by Dexter Britain. www.dexterbritain.co.uk
CC (Creative Commons) License
SOME NOTES: The audio is a bit low in parts of this video, so listen closely and turn up the sound. Deb reviews the variety of dinks already covered in previous videos; see the elephant dink here:
Deb Harrison shows us how to get the opponent out of their comfort zone by changing the type of dinks used. One drill she demonstrates is the hot spot drill where she can go anywhere with her dinks, but her two practice partners need to keep the ball on her half of the court.
Another very important point that is reinforced is to FACE THE BALL when you can!
“Having the ability to place your pickleball dinks at different spots on the court, moving your opponent out of their comfort zone, is critically important to improving your game. Learn how to drill to hone this skill.”