17 Comments

  1. Ron Coates on April 15, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you…I am grateful you made this video.



  2. W deVries on April 15, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for the thoughtful and well-made videos. Is it possible to estimate what part of the ball is most often hit and just how big it might be? When I was teaching new players with no previous racket experience many found it helpful to focus on a 1 1/2" strip on the vertical axis on the underside of the ball. It seems the majority of shots will make contact on this area.



  3. Mary Solomon on April 15, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Another great video by Joe Baker. Always spot on and easy to understand.



  4. Casey Brehm on April 15, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Love your videos Joe. Great analysis sir.



  5. MrSaltlick on April 15, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I went to recreational 3.5 and above gathering the other day and watched as over 20 players, not one used a 3rd shot drop but me. Every person hit the ball as hard as they could the whole 2 hours. It drives me nuts. The main problem with this is, your partner will be doing this as well, and of course staying back. Your opponents realize this after missing a few of your drop shots (they attack them and they go into the net) so they then gang up on your partner because he or she is back in no mans land, and plays a game they understand (slammers paradise) then you dont see the ball again and you loose because they are attacking one person. Rinse and repeat this formula until i am frustrated beyond words. I have been playing pb for 2.5 years now using drop shots like in this video and yes it works great, but it will frustrate your opponents and they will stop hitting the ball to you. Its got me so frustrated ive considered quitting pb many times. This is not a hard concept yet very few use it. A video on how to deal with the situation i just described would be amazing. Any suggestions how to work this method with a slamming partner who stays back?, because thats all i ever wind up with. Its like its a curse learning this method, get ready for your game to get better, and your mind opened to the possibilities, then say goodbye to the ball.



  6. Randall Kadish on April 15, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    My only question is why are we seeing a lot of 3rd shot drives? True, the shot is not used to score points but to cause weak returns and to set up an easier 5th shot drop..



  7. Samuel Callan on April 15, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Spent several hours trying to explain this (banging is a losing strategy in the long run) to a much younger fellow I partnered with. I do not have a ton of experience (and he has even less). Of course it did not help that we were pretty successful in our first outing as a combo. (We were paired together).



  8. FriendlyFoe1 on April 15, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    This actually works against most of my opponent I play against. They like attacking but dinking it works



  9. Bonnie Mauer on April 15, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Great video – thanks



  10. Ray Bowman on April 15, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    As always Joe is the very best in strategy in the Pickleball industry. Thanks for the clear understandable explanations.
    Ray Bowman, PPR



  11. KJ Price on April 15, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you! Good sound advice with helpful explanations that will really improve my game.



  12. Kevin Bacon on April 15, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    How about we make up some shirts..?

    PICKLEBALL STRATEGY 205:
    "Think more, BANG less".
    Joe Baker-
    Looks pretty cool huh?



  13. Maggie Otton on April 15, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Very good video. I enjoyed that. Thank you



  14. Kevin Bacon on April 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Joe,
    This could be the gold standard for ALL other instruction and instructors to use.
    EVERY and I mean EVERY player needs to "think more and BANG less" Myself included.
    I’m really excited about this one.
    Best regards.



  15. Gabriel French on April 15, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Thankfully, my experience with table tennis makes those low-shot drives easy for me. I often play against "Bangers," and when I do, slowing down the game, doing tricky angled shots, and making them dink often leads to my side winning the point 90% of the time; only time it doesn’t work is if I pop it up a little too much and they body-shot me.



  16. R.C. Cesna on April 15, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    As always great explanation supported by facts/data. Amazing work.



  17. kento1957 on April 15, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Wait for an attackable shot. Don’t try to attack everything.