Every sport has two major components. First there are the physical skills, i.e. how to hit a ball, kick a ball, etc. Players need to master the different strokes, kicks or hits necessary to be successful on this level.
The second component is strategy. Beginners are often so focused on the physical aspect that they overlook the mental and strategic guidelines. The video below provides a brief outline of the types of shots and player positions necessary under certain conditions to enable a team to have the best opportunity to win a pickleball game..
I have outlined which skills are presented in which order and what the general time stamps are for each. Move the time-slider to get to any of the skills should you want to skip around or repeat a segment. The last ten minutes or so present a quiz for the viewer to test their understanding of pickleball strategies presented.
If you have some helpful hints, enter them in the comment section below.
Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart Pickleball, Ten Tips
00 – 1:10 – Overall Strategy and Goal – Getting your team to the net as quickly as possible.
1:11 – 2:26 – Shot #1: The Serve
Play it safe and do not miss!
2:27 – 3:55 – The Return of Serve
Aim for a specific spot in the left-hand court. The video explains why this is a good strategy!
3:56 – 6:02 – Return the Serve and Charge
The team receiving the serve SHOULD establish control of the net upon hitting the return of serve.
6:03- 8:42 – Partner positions
Play in tandem and not in a “this is my side, that is your side” manner. Another important note is to communicate UNLESS the shot is obvious and even then it may be better to call every shot; “you”, “me”, “no”, etc.
Tip # 5
8:43 – 11:26 – Third Shot Drop Shot
An alternate strategy is also provided for those who cannot make a third shot drop shot.
Tip # 6
11:27 – 12:37 – 4th Shot should keep opponents as deep as possible
Tip # 7
12:38 – 14:06 – Dinking when everyone is at the net
14:07 – 15:47 – Review of the first five shots of a Pickleball game
Tip # 8
15:48 – 16:34 – Net play – When to hit softly and when to hit hard
Tip # 9
16:35 -18:11 – Keep opponents back in the court if you can
Tip # 10
18:12 – 19:34 – Avoid low percentage shots
Down the alley from the back of the court
Lobbing from the back of the court
19:35 – End – PB Quiz with diagrams for viewers to test their knowledge of PB strategy.