Pickleball Strategy: Stacking

Pickleball Strategy: Stacking

Do you have a favourite side of the court? In this video Third Shot Pickleball coach Mark Renneson shows you how you can make sure you’re always playing from the side you like.

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10 Comments

  1. Meaty Ogre88 on April 16, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Your final comment while technically accurate is a bit misleading. Yes, the server is required to stand behind the baseline on one side of the court, but for all intents and purposes so does the designated receiver. Yes, technically they aren’t restricted by rule to be in any given location, but If they are anywhere other than opposite the server, they aren’t getting it back. Good video.



  2. Michael Brandon on April 16, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Good one again Mark.

    Because I am left handed my partners and I over the last few years have stacked often, with the objective of having two forehands in the middle. I am almost always the 0 server, so we know on even scores I am serving/receiving from the right.

    But, over the last year or so, with my primary partner, we have changed our approach up, depending on our opponents.

    If the score is odd for us, my partner is receiving. I may stand off to the right of the court during the serve, and come on after he hits his return.

    But, more often, especially against skilled players, I will line up where I would be if we weren’t stacking, and I use a hand signal behind my back to indicate if I will stay or we will cross. The purpose of this is to not give our opponents a certainty to the look they will get from us, two forehands or two backhands in the middle.

    The game evolves and strategies need to adapt to this evolution, even stacking strategies.

    Michael Brandon



  3. Coach David Alexander on April 16, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Any thoughts on returning a smash when you’re at the kitchen?



  4. Graham Hues on April 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Terrible wind sound………can’t here what you r saying



  5. Robert VK on April 16, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    This is the most concise, easy-to-understand explanation of stacking that I have seen on YouTube. Great job. And the wind noises aren’t really too horrible either.



  6. Pickleball Diary on April 16, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the video. Doesn’t the person receiving have to be in the right position also? At the end of the video you said that just the server has to be in the right position. Thanks, Coach David



  7. Armed Bear on April 16, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Great video. It’s good to take some of the confusion out of this tactic.

    How do you recommend keeping track so you don’t fault by being in the wrong position?



  8. Timoti Batac on April 16, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    The best advise to give is to be strong on both sides of the court. Stacking means showing sign of being weak on one side which can be exploited in a team by the opponents. 1st, Read of the positioning is the key. 2nd, return target will be the one moving across the cross to beat his reaction time before positioning in place. That is a best strategy.



  9. Marty Wolman on April 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Love your videos, Mark!

    One question: after stacking for the serves, and eventually losing the serve, my partner and I neglect to unwind and return to our correct positions.

    Consequently, we are in the wrong spots when we regain the serve. Luckily, our opponents are usually even more confused than we are, and don’t usually notice.

    Any suggestions for getting this straight for tournament play?

    Thanks, Lefty



  10. Chuck Gehrman on April 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    what is best way to serve with the shift?