The Art of Pickleball: Techniques and Strategies for Everyone by Gale H. LeachThe Art of Pickleball: Techniques and Strategies for Everyone by Gale H. Leach

The Art of Pickleball: Techniques and Strategies for Everyone

byGale H. Leach

Paperback | March 1, 2013

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Arizona Book Award Winner This book describes everything from equipment to tournament strategy in straightforward, conversational language that will benefit novice and seasoned players alike. The Art of Pickleball shows how to perform basic and advanced strokes and provides excellent tips for doubles play, mental conditioning, gamesmanship, and offensive and defensive strategies. Drills are included to help readers develop recommended shots. • Master the fundamentals with step-by-step illustrations and photos • Choose the right paddle and other accessories • Polish your skills, from overhead smashes to dinks • Learn the fine points of safety • Techniques designed to take you to the next level • Quick answers to your questions • Easy to read and understand

Title:The Art of Pickleball: Techniques and Strategies for EveryoneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.46 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Two Cats PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937083179

ISBN - 13:9781937083175

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements iv

People Who Helped with This Book v

Introduction xiii

Notes About This Edition xvi

A Short History of the Sport xvii

Glossary of Terms xix

Chapter 1: Rules and Equipment 1

The Basic Rules: An Overview 1

The Lesser-Known Rules 3

Scoring 6

Paddles 8

Paddle Size and Shape 9

Paddle Weight 9

Paddle Material 10

Balls 11

The Court 12

Clothing and Other Equipment 13

Portable Equipment 13

Chapter 2: Grips, Body Positions, and Strokes 15

Holding the Paddle 16

The Forehand Grip 17

The Backhand Grip 19

Paddle Angles 21

The Serve 25

Underhand Serve 26

Forehand (Sidearm) Serve 27

Backhand Serve 29

Body Positions and Strokes 31

Ready Positions 32

When to Hit the Ball 34

The Forehand Groundstroke 37

The Backhand Groundstroke 41

The Volley 45

The Overhead Smash 47

The Lob 51

The Drop Shot and Drop Volley 53

Midcourt Volley 55

The Dink 55

Half Volley 57

Backhand and Forehand Sweeps 59

Whatever the Shot, Keep Your Head Still 60

Get Ready for Each Shot 60

Spins 61

Chapter 3: Court Positions and Footwork 65

Your Position During a Serve 67

Serving in Singles 67

Serving in Doubles 68

Footwork and Moving into Position 70

Moving Toward a Shot and Around the Court 70

Running Back for a Ball 71

Rush to the Non-Volley Zone 72

Chapter 4: Warm-Ups and Fitness 75

Flexibility: Warming Up and Then Stretching 75

Warming Up 76

Stretching 76

Strength 77

Aerobic Endurance 78

Tennis Elbow 78

Chapter 5: Strategies and Tactics 81

General Tactics and Strategies 82

Make a Game Plan 82

Improve Your Serve 84

Improve Your Returns to Stay on the Offense 85

When and How to Make Dink Shots 88

When and How to Make Lob Shots 89

Returning Balls with Spin 91

Position Yourself on the Court 92

Limit Your Faults 94

Target Your Opponents’ Weaknesses 95

Keep Your Opponent Guessing 97

Think One Step Ahead 97

Positional Strategies in Doubles Play 99

Chapter 6: Playing Singles and Doubles 119

Playing Singles 119

Playing Doubles 121

Choosing a Partner 121

Court Position 122

Communication Is the Key to Success 123

Make Your Body Language Work for You 125

Trust Your Partner 126

Shadow Your Partner 126

Poaching 127

General Tips for Better Doubles Play 128

Chapter 7: Practice and Drills 131

Correcting Part of Your Game 132

Perfecting a Skill 132

Back Ball 133

Dink-A-Dink or Short Court 133

Backhand Practice 133

Drills 133

Hitting from the Baseline 134

Hitting from the Non-Volley Zone Line 136

Practicing with a Wall 136

Chapter 8: The Mental Game 139

Chapter 9: Safety, Etiquette, and Ethics 143

Safety on the Court 144

Etiquette on the Court 145

Ethics and Sportsmanship 146

Chapter 10: Notes about Tournament Play 149

Referees 149

Tournament Rules 149

Choosing Side or Serve 152

References 153

Appendix A: IFP (International Federation of Pickleball) Official Tournament Rules A-1

Index I-1

Editorial Reviews

"This is a wonderful book for beginners and seasoned players of pickleball. It brings you from basic to advanced...if you want to go there. I have been playing pickleball for 6+ years...I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning either casual playing or for serious competition."     -- Pierre J. Boudreaux"The instructional chapters are full of useful tips. The illustrations are great... readers will find this a wonderful resource for the sport of pickleball."     -- Fran Myer, United States of America Pickleball Association"Very thorough coverage of all aspects of pickleball. Very well written and presented for easy reading and comprehension with helpful artwork and depictions of many aspects of play. This book has it all (history, techniques, strategies, singles, doubles, rules, etc). Should be on every pickleballer's 'need to have' list/coffee table."      -- Halfmoon