Pickleball Project 4.0 -Avoid the Dreaded Pickleball Pop Up - 3 Tips
Pop ups are the bane of a pickleball player's existence. In this video we go over 3 tips to avoid pop ups at the NVZ. Tip No. 1 - shorten your backswing. A long backswing can result in losing control of your shot. As you accelerate your paddle forward to make contact with the ball, it is difficult to slow the paddle down to the speed you need to properly dink the ball. By shortening the backswing, you can avoid those accelerated paddle pop ups. Tip No. 2 - lighten your grip pressure.
Sometimes when you are popping the ball up it is because you are gripping the paddle too tight. You can avoid this problem by loosening your grip on the paddle. Using a scale of 1-10 (light to tight), when you are dinking at the NVZ, you want to grip the paddle closer to a 2 or 3 than a 5 or 6. Tip No. 3 - dink cross court. Dinking straight is more challenging than cross court. There is less space to operate to avoid your opponent's attack. The net is also 1 inch higher than in the middle of the net (35 or 36 inches versus 34 in the middle). As a result, cross court dinking is less likely to result in pop ups than straight on dinking.
Give these three tips a try and reduce your pickleball pop ups. Good luck out there. Tony In2Pickle Player Development Tony@In2Pickle.com This is part of our pickleball errors video series.