Skinny Pickleball, What?

Jordan Briones is a 5.0 pickleball player and coach. Jordan has created videos suggesting ways to improve pickleball skills. In the clip below, he demonstrates a version of the game he calls “half-court singles.” Others have referred to it as “skinny singles.”

This caught my eye because it is something I have done in the past. Basically, this version of pickleball is for two players and requires both players to play on ONLY half the court.

It can be played several ways:

A) – Stay on one side of the court for the serve and subsequent hits. Any ball hit on the other side (half) of the court loses. An additional nuance is to change sides after even and odd serves, but still keep to only the one side of the court.

B) Play cross court. Each player needs to keep hitting the ball diagonally for the entire point. Any ball not hit diagonally into the appropriate court loses.

C) Serve diagonally and then move play to the receivers half of the court for all subsequent shots for that point.

D) A similar variation of your own choosing and design restricting the area of play to encourage accuracy.

The game can be played to a score of five, seven, etc. or any number up to eleven.

The benefit of this version of the game is that it forces players to be more accurate.

Watch the video and see what you think.


**NOTE** This is an excerpt of one part of the video that I found particularly useful. It is excerpted and published here with the permission of Jordan Briones. If you wish to watch the entire video, you can click on the YouTube icon on the bottom-right of the video window or visit this link –


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3 thoughts on “Skinny Pickleball, What?

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  • May 13, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Sign Me Up !!!!
    Looking forward to getting back on the P’ball court > This method of play looks like a good start for our return to a somewhat “normal” life style.
    Very excited about it.

    • May 13, 2020 at 10:34 am

      Yes, this is a great way to play and be safe since you are only playing with one other person, but getting to use all of your skills. There are also enough variations to allow players to play both sides of the court, cross-court, same side of the court, etc.

      Stay safe and have fun!


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