Pickleball Tips for Returning The Team to Maintain Offensive Position
If you are looking to improve and/or learn how to play pickleball at a higher level, during this pickleball lesson, coach Trey's insights will help you understand pickleball strategy when returning. No more guessing who hits what ball.
This lesson demonstrates how the returning team utilizes the Blocker & Workhouse roles. We continue to stress that you control what role you ...will play by where you hit the ball to your opponents. For example, if a ball is hit to the middle of your opponent's court, you must wait to see which opponent hits it to determine if you will be the Blocker or Workhorse. This session is important because the return team is the aggressor and is working on getting a side-out so they can have the opportunity to score points.
The purpose of this session is to reinforce the Blocker/Workhorse method in the context of the return team. We want to drive home the points that you don't hit a 'neutral' ball as the return team, and you don't want to hit a shot that will bring your opponents in.
The key areas of focus for this lesson are:
You have plenty of time to advance up to the NVZ as the return team
You're in control of the shot you hit
The 2-bounce rule prevents your opponents from volleying your return
The return is an approach, not a ground stroke
Ideally, hit in front of your partner who is already up at the NVZ to keep them as the Blocker and maintain roles
To learn more about the Blocker/Workhorse method “ Doubles Strategy - Blocking/Workhorse Dinking - Part 1” lesson in our pickleball library.
During this lesson, coach Trey Sizemore introduces students to the importance of having roles on the court when playing doubles. Rather than playing as 2 singles players operating independently, this lesson will help the player understand his role and responsibilities. In addition, the lesson answers common questions like Who takes the lobs? Who hits the middle ball? What is the best shot for me to hit to put the team in the best position to stay in the point and ultimately win it?”
This video demonstrates the concepts of ‘Big V’ and ‘Little V’ shot coverage responsibilities for the Blocker and Workhorse roles.
This is important to learn in doubles because it is fundamental to playing pickleball effectively and enables the team to defend 100% of the court at all times.
To understand the strategy behind who is responsible for the 3rd shot in pickleball applying the Blocker/Workhorse method watch the “ Doubles Strategy - Blocking/Workhorse Dinking - Part 2” lesson in our pickleball library.
In this video, coach Trey Sizemore focus on how the Blocker/Workhorse roles help in determining which player should take a middle ball from the opponents and where to hit it. He demonstrate 2 middle ball options (one shallow and one deeper in the kitchen) and covers who should take each, why, and where they should hit the ball for best results. This is important to understand because balls hit to the middle of your court by the opponents often cause confusion between partners and cause mistakes that lose points by the ‘wrong’ player hitting the ball, no one hitting the ball, the ball being hit to the wrong place in your opponents’ court, and more.
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12 Videos in this category:
1. Pickleball Tips For The Returning Team to Maintain Offensive Position
2. Doubles Pickleball Strategy For The Serving Team
3. Doubles Strategy - Blocking/Workhorse Dinking - Part 1
4. Doubles Strategy - Blocking/Workhorse Dinking - Part 2
7. Pickleball Lesson: Backhand and Forehand Return
8. Pickleball Lessons: Return of Serve
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