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ARE YOU READY TO PLAY?
Not Ready Signals
The receiver must use one of the following to signal that he or she is not ready to receive the serve:
1. Raising the paddle above his or her head.
2. Raising the non-paddle hand above his or her head or
3. Completely turning his or her back to the server.
So if you are not ready to receive the serve follow one of the given procedures.
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Come one come all. Bring yourself and/or your favorite pickle partner to London Pickle Works in Brecksville Ohio. Come share some beverages and food and meet new people and players in the Northeast Ohio area.
PLEASE RSVP to Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're going to Columbus in March. This will be a great time to meet the NEO Pickleball representation.
WALL DRILL - Serve and Return
Open area 20'x 20' space with a flat surfaced wall to hit against. Draw a line or tape a "net" line on the wall to simulate net height. Have several balls available to work with.
Option 1 Forehand Return
Standing approximately 15'-20' away from a hard flat surfaced wall, underhand serve the ball against the wall at regular speed. Player will recover into ready position and return the ball with a forehand stroke back to the wall. Then STOP.
Option 2 Backhand Return
Standing approximately 15'-20' away from a hard flat surfaced wall, underhand serve the ball against the wall at regular speed. Player will recover into ready position and return the ball with a backhand stroke back to the wall. Then STOP.
Vary speed of serves to the wall.
Vary placement of serves to wall. Left/Right/Center
For smaller or less available space in your home use a High Density foam ball. Safety for all and reduce furniture damage.
This pickleball drill is great when you don't have a hitting partner. Adding the return second shot after the serve is a great way to react and feel confident about serving at various speeds and receiving quick returns. Service placement on the wall is important to be sure the returning ball goes in the direction for the forehand or backhand side for drill practice. This gives the server good pratice on placing the ball on a specific spot of the wall for the forehand or backhand return. Reactions must be quick, to prepare for the next shot. Be in "Ready Position" for the return. Hips and feet square to net, paddle up, weight on balls of feet, relaxed shoulders and ready to react in any direction.
Keep eyes on the ball, Set feet for stroke attack, Rotate hips to the "X Position", Contact ball with paddle at a point equal to the front foot placement, Stroke, and follow through with paddle arm and return to ready position.
PROGRESSION of SKILL
Beginners should start deeper so that reaction time from the wall to the next hit is at a slower pace. Serve with consistancy to a specific spot. Using chalk or tape on the wall, is a good way to aim for a target. Hitting consistantly to a target 'spot' will improve your paddle control for winning serves and shots.
Advanced players can move closer to the wall for quicker response time.
Serve harder as you improve to make the drill more challenging.
DON'T move to an advanced level until you can consistantly REPEAT the drill with 80% accuracy or better. Moving to quickly to advanced levels will only be cause for more mistakes and less accurate placement. Uncontrolled skill practice only leads to uncontrolled play and less winning points.
Make your practice work FOR you not AGAINST you.