Part 3 Faster Feet = Better Pickleball

Part 3 Faster Feet = Better Pickleball

Part 3-Want to make fewer errors? Then moving your feet faster and more efficiently will help you hit better pickleball groundstrokes and eliminate baseline errors. Here are a few drills that you can use as a pickleball warm-up and kill two birds with one stone. Are you ready to start playing Better Pickleball? FREE Pickleball Practice Plan

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  1. manumit1957 on December 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks CJ—I found your three videos, Part 3 Faster Feet, Returning the Lob and Defending the Lob, very instructive and well said.  Ordered that ladder immediately !much thanks,Ray

  2. Tim Hardman on December 10, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Hi CJ, thanks for this video, it will be helpful for "my friend". Actually, it really is for a friend I am trying to help to improve their game. I’ve been searching unsuccessfully for some Pickleball tips on (slow feet, feet in cement, foot reaction time, slow to the ball etc…) until finding your video. I’m lucky, I react and move fast and get to balls people think are un-gettable. The person I want to help is the opposite in this part of her game.. The "issue" is most noticeable when she is at the baseline waiting to return a serve or when in "no man’s land" when the ball doesn’t come right to her. She is 60 y.o., in good health, athletic figure, no cardio, joint, muscle issues, she has above average hand and arm speed at the net, not much experience with racquet sports (some badminton as a kid) or sports in general. The rest of our group is 60 -65 years old, has a lot of racquet sports and other sports competition/experience but we are all (3 months) new to Pickleball and all of us experienced Tennis players had quite an adjustment with the bounce of the pickle ball and how far it carries when bouncing and over running the ball….it was hilarious at first until we adapted but our adaptation was quick. We all love the game and I’d like to help this member of our group with this part of her game that is really holding her back. When receiving a serve she is very slow to get her body moving to meet the ball to get her racquet on it. If the ball comes right to her so she doesn’t have to move her feet she can hit a surprisingly good shot consistently. But if she has to take more than one step to hit the ball, she is usually very late getting to it and then whiffing or being so far out of position to make a good swing motion. I realize part of this could certainly be just a matter of experience. The rest of us have a lifetime of experiences and instincts from Tennis and ping pong and racquetball where quick reactions are a must. But there seems to be no improvement in this part of her game after 6 hours of play/week x 10 weeks. That’s a lot of service returns without getting better at seeing, anticipating, reacting and moving quickly to meet the ball to execute a ground stroke. The serves she receives are not aggressive or offensive. Our lack of serving skill and consistency results in some serves being short, left, right or deep in our attempt to hit them right to her. Her reaction time and quickness at the net is above average with good hand and arm speed so I know neurologically she can react fast with a decision and then proper muscle movement. This is in great contrast to what is happening below the waist to get her body to the ball. She appears to be competitive to some degree but I get the sense she does not like pushing herself physically or challenging herself to try harder, push harder, give it everything to get that ball if it’s physically hard to do. Maybe she doesn’t know she has quick feet because she has never tried or needed to be quick on them. If yes, your training exercises may give her an epiphany and confidence to move those feet faster on the court but I sense there is more to it than just that. Maybe our whole group will do the ladder movements and make a competition of it to see if she is close to our times. If yes, we can rule out the foot quickness and work on the other possibilities like Anticipation, Early Decision Making on Short, Left, Right or Deep bounce. Do you have any tips for these things or any other ideas to help my friend out. Have you seen newer players with “feet of concrete” but quick hands? Thanks Tim

  3. Elaine Nilsson on December 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I love these exercises. Some of them can get quite complicated but it makes it fun like the icky shuffle.