The paddle tap is an awesome part of pickleball sportsmanship. Jim and Yvonne Hackenberg take it up a notch with their Rule: they always share a moment of physical contact (a hand tap, arm tap, something) between each point. Whether they hit a winner or make a mistake in play, they touch. It is a great way to defuse the tension that is natural in any competitive sport, made more so when you are playing with your significant other. Give the Hackenberg Rule a try. And next time you see Jim or Yvonne, express our gratitude for their contribution to the sport.
Tony Roig 
In2Pickle Player Development
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