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Elevate your game – Pickleball beginner mistakes and how to fix them

Pickleball

PICKLEBALL IS A LOW-IMPACT SPORT THAT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO LEARN AND PLAY AT ALMOST ANY AGE.

Becoming an advanced pickleball player requires consistency, persistence, and strategy. But just like learning any new sport, there are rookie mistakes we tend to make in the beginning which could cause us to experience setbacks. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with some common errors made by beginners and how to avoid them.

Taking fancy spin shots

Stick to the basics. While there is nothing wrong with using spin shots every now and then, using them all the time is probably going to lead to more mistakes. The problem with most spin shots is that they take a lot of skill and accuracy to pull off.

Plus spin shots don’t work very well on advanced players since they are more experienced at deflecting them. So, if you’re using spin shots against skilful players, you’re risking a lot for little reward.

Hitting the ball too hard

You may feel like absolutely smashing every single shot, but this is not a game of squash.

Hitting a ball too hard can cause it to pop up, which gives your opponent an edge, allowing them to smash it back at you. Focus on just returning the shot or dinking it over strategically instead.

Staying in ‘No Man’s Land’

Throughout a pickleball point, there are two main places to stand: the baseline and the kitchen line. If you’re not standing in one of these areas, then you’re standing in a place called ‘No Man’s Land.’

This area is aptly named ‘No Man’s Land’ because it is generally a place that pickleball players try to avoid. Staying in ‘No Man’s Land’ makes you vulnerable, allowing your opponent to hit shots towards your feet which makes it difficult to return a shot and can cost you points in the game.

Suffering in silence

If your paddle is giving you serious wrist, elbow or arm fatigue, it’s time for a change. The most crucial factor in choosing a pickleball paddle is weight.

Try to use other players’ paddles and find out how the differences in weight affect your experience – from light paddles, heavy paddles, and everything in between – until you get a good feel for what you like. Getting a paddle that works for you will make an enormous difference in your game.

Australian Pickleball Championships

Australian Pickleball Championships 2022

IT’S PICKLEBALL O’ CLOCK AND THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT FROM 30 SEPTEMBER TO 3 OCTOBER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BRISBANE’S STATE-OF-THE-ART QUEENSLAND TENNIS CENTRE.

Proudly sponsored by GemLife, the Australian Pickleball Championships is back after a two-year hiatus and ready to get served by pickleballers of all ages and skill levels. The four-day event will be held in the spectacular Queensland Tennis Centre which houses 44 outdoor courts.

The age divisions on offer are: 18+, 35+, 50+, 60+, 65+, 70+ and skill levels range from: Open, 4.0+, 3.5-4.0, 2.5-3.5, 2.5 and below. The championships will kick off on midday Friday, 30 September with the singles event, followed by the gender doubles on Saturday, 1 October, mixed doubles on Sunday, 2 October and ending with the hybrid event on the morning of Monday, 3 October.

Register your interest as a competitor!
Feeling competitive? All current GemLife homeowners and unconditional contract holders who are passionate pickleball players are invited to register for the championships. GemLife will cover the cost of the registration fees. To join this exciting event and secure a spot, register your interest as soon as possible by emailing your name, resort name, age division, skill division and event preference to [email protected]

Prefer to watch the action?
Spectators are welcome to come along to any of the games and entry is free. For more information, visit www.australianpickleballchampionships.org

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