Video: Faster Way to Sharpen Your Pickleball Skills

A number of my pickleball blog posts have made a statement such as: “You can’t greatly improve your game just by playing. Focused practice is necessary.” I didn’t make this up. I have read this or heard this from many of the top pickleball coaches. It sounds logical and I believe it is true.

Now let me ask you. If you had a chance to hit twice as many balls as you normally would, do you think that would give you more practice? Do you think it might help you improve your game? I think it would.

Did you ever play a game with a weaker player and most of the balls are hit to them while you stand by wondering when the next ball will come your way?

Here is a unique idea. Play Sick Trx Singles (I have no idea how they came up with this name). It is playing singles almost like a doubles game. This way each player gets to hit all the balls on their side of the net; no partner. Don’t worry, you still cover just half of the court.

This will force players to learn to “guide” the ball in various directions and to be more precise!.

What makes this a different variation is that the service and return of serve is similar to that of doubles.

Watch the video below to see if this is something you can use to improve your pickleball skills.


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2 thoughts on “Video: Faster Way to Sharpen Your Pickleball Skills

  • December 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    How does the serve work in sick trx singles. Is it not always diagonal court? Can it be facing opponent depending on the score? Thanks for video.


    • December 18, 2018 at 6:34 am


      I have seen it played both ways depending upon the skill (and in my case age) of the players. If you really want to mix it up, you can play so that each player stays in the appropriate court depending upon their score. If I have an even score, I stand in the even court (right-hand). If I have an odd score, then I stand on the left side (odd court). In this fashion, if each player is standing in their respective, score-based court, then there will be times when the serve is straight on.

      When I play singles, I like the traditional way of always serving cross court and then, if you want to limit play to only one side, the receiver (after returning the serve) moves to the side of the server. That is how I like to do it if I am playing half-court singles.

      The important thing is to discuss the rules prior to the game so everyone knows and agrees. I hope this is helpful.


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