1. HOW TO SERVE IN PICKLEBALL: STANCE, CONTACT POINT, AND MOTION
The serve is a key part of the game as only the serving team can win a point and the server only gets one chance to get it in. So while the most important part of the serve is to ensure you get it in, it can also play an essential role in setting up the rally.
This pickleball lesson aims to demonstrate the correct fundamentals of the serve.
The proper stance through the movement and the follow through.
The key focus will be on planning for the serve (what do you want to do with it), consistent preparation, and execution of the serve.
The player will stand at the baseline with an open and balanced stance - beginners may feel more comfortable with a more open and balanced stance with the toes pointing forward. However, those coming from another racquet background) may prefer a more closed stance. One of the biggest priorities is to ensure that the stance allows the shoulder to swing freely in a pendulum fashion.
The serve swing is like a pendulum swing rotating and pushing off the shoulder. The player can drop the ball in front of the body and contact in the air or with a bounce, using a consistent contact point, and the knees should have some bend so that the player can create some lift and extension forward when contacting the ball.
Another option is to take a step back and then step forward to transfer your weight towards the net and elongate your stroke.
Contact must be made with the paddle in an upward motion, with the tip of the paddle also below the wrist. The contact point must be below the navel or waist, and the arm should be extending forward towards the desired target from the shoulder.
The serve should be deep and towards the middle of the court within the service box. However, it is always good to have other variations in your arsenal.
A good drill is to set up cones or lanes within the service box to practice depth and angles. Visit our website and watch "Pickleball Drills: Serve Strategy And Options." This video demonstrates the serve pickleball strategy and options for setting the stage for the rally.
This lesson aims to demonstrate how to be more skilled with your serve and how to ensure the serve plays an important part in setting up the rally for the service team's benefit.
The key focus will be on consistency, accuracy, serving to your strengths, and serving to your opponent's weaknesses.
This drill consists of setting up a drill based on the player's experience using cones, lines, or spots.
For beginners, use cones or lines to split the transition zone to focus on depth.
For improvers, set up three depths to focus on accuracy.
For advanced players, you could mix it up to have them focus on touch and feel.
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