Pickleball Quick Stroke Guide

Becoming a successful pickleball player involves mastering a variety of shots, each requiring dedicated practice and focus to elevate your gameplay and reach your maximum potential. 

OnCourt OffCourt has created a Quick Stroke Fix Guide tailored specifically for pickleball to support your development as a pickleball player, whether you’re playing for fun or trying to go pro. 

This guide offers thorough insights into every pickleball shot, emphasizing their significance and recommending practical kinesthetic training aids to expedite mastery of each shot, ultimately enhancing your overall game performance.

Drive

The drive shot in pickleball is similar to a groundstroke in tennis. In this shot, the player hits the ball with strength and speed, intending to drive it deep into the opponent’s court. This is a crucial offensive weapon and is often used to put pressure on opponents and create opportunities for winners.

 

A few common problems that negatively affect pickleball drives are a lack of spin, not getting under the ball enough, and having a poor pickleball grip.

These kinesthetic aids will help you with your drives by improving your grip, helping you put spin on the ball, and proper body rotation and swing mechanics.

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Backswing too big

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Grip problems

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Need more upper body rotation

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Need to learn spin

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Not getting under ball enough

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Backswing too big

Grip problems

Need more upper body rotation

Need to hit more cleanly

Need to learn spin

Not getting under ball enough

Dink

A dink is a type of shot hit with finesse and typically executed near the net. It is a soft, controlled shot that requires a gentle wrist motion to angle the ball over the net with minimal height and pace, keeping it low and close to the net. Dinking is crucial for precision play, strategic placement, and creating opportunities to attack.

 

A few causes of poor dinking include a lack of directional control, too big of a backswing, and grip problems.

Kinesthetic training aids can help you master dinking by improving accuracy and contact and helping you learn a proper grip.

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Grip problems

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Lack of directional control

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Backswing too big

Volley

In pickleball, a volley is a shot where the player hits the ball before it bounces on their side of the court. Volleys are usually made close to the net and require rapid reflexes and accurate timing. They are crucial for aggressive play at the net and can be used to end points or intercept an opponent’s shots.

 

Poor volleys are often due to grip problems, poor wrist strength, and not making clean contact.

These kinesthetic training aids help players with their volleys by teaching them the proper grip, increasing wrist strength, and improving ball-striking skills.

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Grip problems

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Lack of directional control

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Not extending to contact

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Not snapping at wrist

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Droopy wrist at finish

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Backswing too big

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Grip problems

Need to hit more cleanly

Lack of directional control

Not extending to contact

Not snapping at wrist

Droopy wrist at finish

Backswing too big

Serve

In pickleball, the serve is the shot that begins each point, much like tennis. The player must serve diagonally across the court into the opponent’s service zone. A well-executed serve can establish the tone for the point, influence the game, and put pressure on the opponents. The player’s game can be enhanced by developing various serve variations, such as the drive serve or the lob serve, which adds versatility to their gameplay.

 

There are a few reasons players struggle with their pickleball serve like not hitting the ball clean enough, poor grip, and having too big of a backswing.

With the right kinesthetic training aids, players can learn better ball-striking skills, how to use the right grip, and how to serve with a strong, compact swing.

PROBLEM

Backswing too big

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Grip problems

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Need to hit more cleanly

Return of Serve

The return of serve in pickleball is the shot used to receive an opponent’s serve. Players aim to return serves with accuracy, depth, and placement to gain control of the point early. Effective returns can neutralize the server’s advantage and set up opportunities to take the offensive.

 

Problems with the return of serve can be caused by having too large of a backswing, poor grips, or poor ball-striking skills.

Our return of serve training aids can help players develop a compact swing, learn the correct grip, and develop solid ball-striking skills.

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Backswing too big

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Grip problems

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Need to hit more cleanly

Movement

Movement in pickleball refers to the player’s ability to cover the court efficiently, including lateral movement, quick changes in direction, and moving forward and backward. Good footwork and the ability to anticipate the ball’s trajectory are essential for getting into the right position to hit shots effectively. Additionally, maintaining balance and stability during play is crucial to avoid losing points.

 

There are many reasons players struggle with poor court movements, like having a slow first step, lacking acceleration, or undeveloped footwork.

Our kinesthetic training aids can help you with your movement on the court, improving your footwork skills, foot speed, and reaction time.

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First step too slow

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Lack of acceleration

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Not bending knees enough

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Slow footwork

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First step too slow

Lack of acceleration

Not bending knees enough

Slow footwork

Miscellaneous

There are a few qualities in pickleball that don’t go into any specific category, so we’re putting them under miscellaneous. These things include hitting the net too much, trouble making decisions on the fly, and having poor targeting.

Our training aids are great for refining your on-court decision-making skills, accuracy, and power.

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Hitting in the net too much

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Trouble making decisions