How to STOP popping UP the BALL | Briones Pickleball

How to STOP popping UP the BALL | Briones Pickleball

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My name is Jordan Briones (co-founder of PrimeTime Pickleball), and I’ve started this channel to provide you the best pickleball content on YouTube. My goal (and passion) is to help you become the best player that you can be.

Popping up the ball is a very common theme when players are learning how to play, especially in the lower and intermediate levels. Why do YOU think you pop up the ball? In this video, we go over the 2 main reasons players pop up the ball, and exactly how to fix it! Get more balls in play, and win more points!

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  1. Beverly Stotz on November 19, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Katrina rocks! 😂😂 Great points to work on. Thank you!

  2. Leslie Adkins on November 19, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Jordan. I especially like the tips in the video and your t.shirt + logo. When are you coming to Chicago to give a clinic?

  3. Darci Slaten on November 19, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    This was so insightful and helpful—great explanation, thank you!! 🙏

  4. Randy Hoffman on November 19, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Great timing on this video. I was drilling with a friend yesterday and she wanted to practice defending against drives at her when she is at the NVZ. A third friend did a video and after seeing your video I reviewed ours and sure enough, even the drives right at her, she was overreaching and popping the balls up. I will have to share this with her.

  5. Steven M Kissinger on November 19, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I liked the content but what I liked more was Katrina hitting you with ball. : )

  6. John Raithel on November 19, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    New to your channel and relatively new to “the great game” pickleball! I’m sure you’ll be my on-line coach from now on. Since your lessons are free, I feel ok to give you some free advice in return. Sell ad banners and place on the block wall to dress it up…sponsorship is everywhere in pickleball. Full disclosure, I’m in marketing. Lol.

  7. Bad Pickleball on November 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Glad you’re out there making content again. The insightful knowledge you provide will carry forward in this new channel and will put you back on top again in no time! Go Jordan!

  8. Pam McWhorter on November 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Thx for the video. This was a great reminder from our lesson last week. I find all your videos very helpful. Keep them coming!

  9. Stan Brown on November 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Can you share the mfg/distributor of the net system you have? We have a community in my area looking to get this type of net. Thanks!

  10. Aryn Duncan on November 19, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Watching you overreach and hit the ball into the net is a great visual! A light bulb moment! And, THANK You for permission to take a step back! Definitely will be good to drill on that! Great video!

  11. Jason Rogers on November 19, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Great tips, and great comedy as well with the triple replay of Katrina getting the body shot on you!

  12. jcav on November 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Jordan, thanks for the great video and tips. Have a bad habit of putting my left hand behind the paddle in my backhand especially and the NVZ, can you do a video on how to fix this and why we may do it. thanks.

  13. Lainie Gresham on November 19, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you!! Just curious – have the neighbors complained about the noise from your court? We have the perfect back yard for a court, but I’m afraid our neighbors will hate us 😬

  14. David Aldrich on November 19, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    you are my go to guy Jordon….I have been playing now for 6 years and at age 77+ I am very comfortable playing at a 4.0 level….love your content…Ty

  15. Evan Hayes on November 19, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Thoughts on all the backhand dink volleys Tyson does? Was watching him play at MLP, and if he has any chance to volley it, he will. BUT, the dink itself isn’t putting people under pressure. If he lets it bounce, he tends to hit the dink with better accuracy and put more spin on the ball.

  16. Dennis Massey on November 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Excellent information, including the video examples.

  17. Barbara Robinson on November 19, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Ha, I saw my mistakes clearly, this was great!

  18. P Kolb on November 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Your videos are great! Have learned a lot. I do think it’s important to introduce those playing with you every time, every video-makes it personal as the “sidekick” role is important.

  19. Barbara Robinson on November 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Best video!!!

  20. Amber Landeen on November 19, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Great video! This is all too familiar to me. Now I know what to practice and how to start correcting it!

  21. Vito Berlingeri on November 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Nice tips, Jordan now that you are in the valley of the sun, how can I get in touch with you for lessons? Thanks

  22. Goose Aiono on November 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Very helpful and I really enjoyed your PB Clinic Tuesday afternoon. Learned a lot and now I just need to incorporate what I learned into my ganes. I’ll definitely take another clinic from you. Thank you Jordan! Dee 😊

  23. Robert Jones on November 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Great job explaining Jordon. Keep the good videos coming, it helps us mere mortals. Good luck

  24. Dory Campbell on November 19, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    That’s me, thank you for a very good information. Hope I could put it into practice.

  25. Tavis Macalino on November 19, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks again Jordan for great tips. Definitely enjoyed the funny body shots from Katrina haha…. I’ve gotten those a few times but is there really anything you can do about the body shots because they come at you so fast with no time to even think?

  26. Pam McWhorter on November 19, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Great reminder from our lesson last week!

  27. Deake Marschall on November 19, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Another great session from Team Briones. Love the easy-to-read text bubbles too. They help my brain remembers all the great tips just a little bit better.

  28. think planet earth on November 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This is something I definitely need to work on. I have a very bad habit of either kneeling way down and overextending myself and hitting it into the net, or equally bad, backing up a step or two with both feet and now the ball is landing at my feet and I’m completely out of position hitting it into the net or popping it up. Very frustrating because I know I do it but haven’t been able to correct it. Drilling would be helpful obviously, just don’t have anyone to do it with.

  29. Crazy5 Cool on November 19, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for the tip. That’s precisely how I pop up the ball. I’m such a passive player that I always wait until the last minute before I hit the ball. I frequently let the ball get behind me. Instead of stepping back to hit it, I hit it with whatever means I had, including flicking the wrist, to get the ball over the net without any control whatsoever.

  30. Elizabeth Heyenga on November 19, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    So nice to have quiet on the court.

  31. Lulu on November 19, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Katrina got you good!

  32. Jerry Greer on November 19, 2021 at 11:05 pm


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