5 Ways To Use “Backing Up” As A Smart Pickleball Strategy

5 Ways To Use “Backing Up” As A Smart Pickleball Strategy

Should you always get up to the NVZ line and stay there? Definitely not! here are 5 scenarios when you are better off stepping back rather than staying up at the line.

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If you’ve watched our channel for any length of time or seen practically any video about pickleball, it quickly become clear that one of the main objectives in doubles pickleball is to get both you and your partner up to the NVZ line as quickly as possible as a unit because that’s where you will control the point and have the best chance of winning.

However, there are certainly times when it’s ok and actually preferable and more advantageous to step back off the line.

Pickleball strategy does not exist in a vacuum. You have to be flexible and adapt to the situation at hand. Sometimes that situation will call for you to step back so that you can move forward in the point.

In this video, we cover 5 scenarios when it’s a good thing to step off the line. Check it out and try it out. You’ll be surprised how effective it can be to step off the line when the situation calls for it.

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  1. Connie Martin on November 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Really helpful video. Love that you validated the fact that sometimes you misjudge the shot and have to step back. I’ve been called on this before. It felt like it was the only way to get the shot over if I stepped back; my partner didn’t think much of that foot work. I’ll be sending him this video!

  2. Ken Long on November 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I noticed your partner yawning. Hmmmm. ( C ;

  3. Lars Sundby on November 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm


  4. Daniel Tucker on November 8, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    This is something I really needed. I always get caught moving.

  5. Ray Bowman on November 8, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Jordan, great job of explaining when to reposition and make the transition from defense to offense. Keep up with these great videos!

  6. Bill sneen on November 8, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Jordon, great videos. Do you use two go-pro cameras while filming?

  7. Royal Adjemian on November 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Once again, an excellent video on repositioning from defense to offense. Jordan, I am just starting my skill building and learning rules of Pickle Ball. I have gotten mixed info on how to serve the ball. Can you serve the ball with a 90 degree wrist or must it be 180 degrees a lined with your arm ? Thank you for providing such wonderful education on playing Pickle Ball.

  8. Don Corporal on November 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Great video thanks Jordan 👊🏾

  9. Barbara Dumler on November 8, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    If you have a partner that always plays off the line should you also play off the line?

  10. Jorge Velasquez on November 8, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Jordan, Great video, suggestion…put that second camera on the same side as your main camera, it is too confusing when you cut to the second camera and you appear on the on the opposite side of the frame. You will still maker your point. Maybe put second camera just behind you …on the same side. Thanks for great tips !

  11. Timoti Batac on November 8, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I have situational question: if me and my partner are on the receiving end… I will be receiving the service ball, while my partner standing up midway by the kitchen line…is it alright to play the game ball rally from the front & back positioning all the way through? .. just like in tennis doubles style of positioning

  12. Margo Malouf on November 8, 2021 at 8:50 pm


  13. Odoth on November 8, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Is this at Sunnyvale Tennis Center?

  14. Brian Scidmore on November 8, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I’m glad you didn’t say on smash’s I see so many people back up to defend a smash. They’re moving back and they can’t defend the smash at all. Another shot I like it the 3/4 deep lob just enough to make the other team think they can smash the ball. Most of the time there’s 2 out comes they hit the ball in the net or I hit a soft dink and they’re scrambling which usually cause them to pop a ball up so I can smash it at them or they’re in the kitchen and I hit them with the ball. So if your opponent is about to smash the ball hold your ground if you watch them you can get a pretty good idea where that ball is going. But your going to have a better chance of returning it then if your moving back.

  15. Bill sneen on November 8, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    What model GoPro do you use. Any advice on the mic system? I’m a USAPA ambassador and give free clinics and want to use this as a teaching aid. Thanks.

  16. Bernadette Montgomery on November 8, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks Jordon, Another Great video and very useful .

  17. Wong Lanang on November 8, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Great job Jordan, your kindness to share this video, I believe most of the pickleball community especially player like me found that your instructional videos are useful. Of course we need to practice more in order to improve our skill but if practice without a proper guidance, I call it a "disaster". Thanks for your guidance.

  18. #tomkatunleashed on November 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Great instruction!!!

  19. Mark E. Adams on November 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    The #3 scenario if the opponents are driving the ball most of the time, they rarely have a touch game so giving kitchen space is probably smart defense. Also, I am 6’4" and 68 yo and move fairly well. Being back from the line allows me to play better defense and I have the ability to move in quickly for any loose shots. I try not to cement my feet to the NVZ line. Also, at 6’4" and a little back I nearly eliminate the lob. The only way to attack me is to hit low and make me bend but this is a much harder offense shot. When playing 4.5 players with great all-round games I am at the NVZ, in other words, I adjust to the situation.

  20. James Moore on November 8, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Great video… I back up all the time mostly for reason #3…. Nice shirt…

  21. Mervat Ameen on November 8, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Jordan! Great points!

  22. Burn City on November 8, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Jordan, What’s the weight of your paddle?

  23. Eric Smith on November 8, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Is there a video where you show the tricky shots The miss direction shots that force a person to back up I would love to learn those and put that in my game to have a shot that makes my opponent back up

  24. Ken Long on November 8, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the quick response. Concerning drills.

  25. Larry Wang on November 8, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    HI, PTP, thank you for the videos. Please keep up the good work. One small suggestion: I would love to see one or two good rallies played by you guys at the end of each lesson, you know, to put what is taught into context. (Would take extra time of yours, just a thought)

  26. Palemedes on November 8, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I have found players, especially in games involving 4.0 and below players are too focused on playing right at the "kitchen". Glad to see this video explaining not always good to be glued at NVZ line.

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