Basics – Groundstrokes

 

Forehand Groundstroke:  Typically, the most powerful and most accurate shot; therefore, the most utilized from at or near the baseline.

  • Move sideways into correct court position first. Avoid reaching; move the feet instead and prepare to meet the ball from the ready position.
  • From the ready position pivot shoulders and hips so the non-paddle shoulder is facing the approaching ball and begin the backswing. Some players extend the opposite arm forward for balance.
  • Step forward with the front foot toward the direction the ball is intended to go to create forward momentum. Bring the paddle forward to contact the ball in front of the body, preferably before the ball reaches the top of its bounce.
  • The paddle head is angled slightly open (tipped back from vertical)
  • Keep the wrist firm (not wobbly), but allow it to hinge backward enough to meet the ball squarely.
  • Follow through to straighten the body and return to the ready position.

 

Backhand Groundstroke: Used when a ball is approaching the side opposite the paddle arm. However, many players consider the backhand groundstroke as their “go to” shot and use it for up to 75-percent of their groundstrokes.

  • Move into correct court position first. Avoid reaching; move the feet instead.
  • From the ready position pivot shoulders and hips sideways so the paddle shoulder is toward a ball that is approaching the non-paddle side of the body.
  • Bring the paddle arm across the body and extend the paddle shoulder to head high. Opposite arm may be extended across the body toward where the ball will be hit for balance or held behind the body (depends on what feels natural and “works” for each player.)
  • Step forward with the front foot toward the direction the ball is intended to go to create forward momentum. Bring the paddle forward to contact the ball in front of the body, preferably before the ball reaches the top of its bounce. Weight on the front foot.
  • The paddle head is angled slightly open.
  • Wrist and forearm aligned, wrist firm (not wobbly).
  • Follow through to straighten the body and return to the ready position.

 

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Pickleball Basics

a: Rules Summary

b: Scoring & Position

c: Serving

d: Return of Serve

e: Dinks

f: Drop Shots

g: Groundstrokes

h: Volleys

i: Lobs

j: Overhead Smash

k: Judging a Ball ‘In’ or ‘Out’

l: Tips for New Players

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