Top 10 most common intermediate pickleball mistakes and how to fix them!

Top 10 most common intermediate pickleball mistakes and how to fix them!

A while back I published a video looking at the top 10 most common beginner pickleball mistakes. The video did very well, so I thought I would follow up with an intermediate player version! These are mistakes that I personally see all the time. In the video, I will show you the mistakes in question and will teach you how to fix them!

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Thanks for watching!

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50 Comments

  1. Glenn Shark on April 19, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Is pickleball easier to play for an older person than say tennis, table tennis, squash etc. I’ve always been interested in bvb the game but I’ve never played. Now I’m really old and wonder if it’s too late?



  2. Andy Butt on April 19, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    your first advice is wrong… keep your drops low, you do those half ass drops on me and I will reach over the line and eat them all day. Keep it low and slow to cuff the power shot.
    Great advice on watch your opponent though. Always play the pace and shots that make them uncomfortable.



  3. Chad C on April 19, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Hey great video. Question: can you do an instructional video on how to punch out your partner when they dont get a single serve in? Thanks!



  4. Nery Coleman on April 19, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Soo helpful! Love this one a lot!✨🌟



  5. Jeff Seid on April 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    what are you guys thoughts on switching hands instead of doing backhands? i am somebody who can kind of play both hands and i think i play better with my other hand rather than using bankhand on my dominant hamnd



  6. Robert on April 19, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Decent video.



  7. Sharon Beck on April 19, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    When you Serve after one serveDo you go up to the kitchen line when you’re just playing with another person



  8. Leonard Lye on April 19, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Maybe #11 is attacking too soon or lack of patience. Or is that a beginners mistake?



  9. MortyTheThird on April 19, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    joel



  10. Barry DAWG on April 19, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    good tips, Can you explain how you get rated. I would say I’m an intermediate player. What are ratings and how do you get rated?



  11. John Hartman on April 19, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Really good. Great tips with excellent coaching



  12. Barry DAWG on April 19, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I"m new to the sport but still have a hard time with the scoring part… especially the 3rd number
    do you have a video on that? I really like the video…



  13. Michael Moore on April 19, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Great stuff!



  14. dave colquhoun on April 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I thought all serve’s had to be underhand, and you did it side arm, is that the same?



  15. Brian Geissinger on April 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    So well done in SO many ways. This is a perfect model for anyone making a PB video. Information is super and presented so well, as well.



  16. Trent Maddox on April 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Great video



  17. Mark Pearson on April 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    I like your videos, so thanks! But in this one, I noticed that you seem to equate ‘slice’ with only backhand, and ‘topspin’ with only forehands. I agree those are likely easier to do for most players, but I’ve had good luck with adding a backhand topspin and a forehand slice.



  18. Paul S on April 19, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Do you think you should tell people that when they just "flick it over", they should not be in the kitchen as you are?



  19. Jim Martin on April 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Very good! Keep it up!



  20. Jim Thiessen on April 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    When does the new drop ball serve take affect? Now?



  21. Jane rose Xia on April 19, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    When I use backhand slices, the ball goes up higher. I want the ball to go lower.



  22. DeViney Vlog on April 19, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    We love pickleball



  23. Janette Harrington on April 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Very good insight as to player mistakes. I’m going to share your top 10 mistakes with ladies that I coach. Thank you!



  24. Nigel O'Rourke on April 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Technically not a big fan of ur strokes – especially backhand!



  25. Brian McNeil on April 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Great video! Some really good tips and things to try.



  26. Jo Albright on April 19, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I’m a new pickleball player just learning. I thought this was sooooo helpful and will look for more of your videos! Thank you!!



  27. Sharon Beck on April 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    When you play pickle ball when you serve one time do you move up to the kitchen line when you’re playing with another friend or do you serve three times then move to the kitchen line



  28. Robert VK on April 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    1. Low drop shots
    2. High-bounce dinks
    3. No spin
    4. Lack of pattern recognition
    5. Not changing up the serve
    6. Lack of shot arsenal
    7. Bad footwork
    8. Playing tight
    9. Body dinking
    10. Not respecting pace



  29. John Jackson on April 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Nice video never seen the game before but I’m signing up at a senior center tomorrow to play



  30. Kris Kett on April 19, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I think it would be cool if you had a visual display of the angle, with degrees.



  31. Mack O'Rear on April 19, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Good job. Clearly made an important point and moved on to the next good point. Plus no crazy long introduction. Wow.



  32. Rae S on April 19, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Great stuff ♥️



  33. I.maiden 4 life eddie on April 19, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    When I play with a partner they tend to poach me all the time how can I really play with a poacher



  34. I.maiden 4 life eddie on April 19, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    That part where you keep your feet spread apart I learned that from playing the infield in baseball and it does give you great advantages cause I do it playing pickleball cause I can shift either way when I need to where the ball is coming at



  35. Wes Hoskins on April 19, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    I play it like tennis and when I do backspin they never get it



  36. Dwain Smith on April 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    The biggest issue, and one that NO ONE ever covers in videos, is footwork. It’s all too common for players to look at their paddle after a bad shot, when in most cases they should be looking at their feet first. Frequently a bad shot is the result of being out of position and having to reach for the ball.

    To compound this, almost every coach I see teaching neglects to teach using a proper stance. This is true in videos as well. This leads the student to not focus on footwork first – they’re never told it is important. I always teach the importance of good footwork, and getting to the spot ahead of the ball, and settling in before the ball gets there – letting the head become still. Of course this is not always possible, but it should be the goal. And it should be the core of what is taught.

    Every teaching video I’ve seen has a relaxed presentation with none of the on screen actors in a ready position the same as they would be in a game. I’ve seen people try to teach and seen the same people play and it’s obvious that they aren’t teaching how they play – at least from a footwork / stance perspective. Just my opinion.



  37. Jeanie Walters on April 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Very good. Need to review this at the least on a weekly basis,



  38. Alcide Brisson on April 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Je n’ai pas encore joué, je vais certainement essayer.



  39. Pat Trainor on April 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Well done. Thank you. I tried it for the first time today and I am hooked. It is so fun. Thanks for these great hints.



  40. Emi Morita on April 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Great video…keep up the good work!



  41. Mark Pfahler on April 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    If you’re in the kitchen and you jump up and hit a ball in the air and you land with both feet out of the kitchen is that a legal shot?



  42. Molenny Disc Golf on April 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    You’re videos have been great for me, I am just starting the game! I am hoping to find a league or event in my area soon!



  43. N on April 19, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I’m a total newbie, never played. Thanks for the great post!



  44. Donald Bernstein on April 19, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    This was helpful, but I would really like to see you make an instructional video on how to make instructional videos. Here’s what I saw you get right that so many other coaches seem to get wrong:
    – Explain your point briefly and clearly without excessive repetition.
    – Quickly transition to a demonstration of the point.
    – If the video does not clearly demonstrate the point, edit out the muck and re-tape it.
    – Explain your point again during the demo by referring to what actually happens, not some theory that we did not see.
    – Demonstrate both the right way and the wrong way to deal with the issue.
    – Don’t repeat the point ad nauseum. If we want to hear it again, we know how to back up the video.
    – Keep a good pace – not plodding and not rushed.
    Thanks so much. I will look for your other videos.



  45. Dennis Smithers on April 19, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Very Helpful thanks



  46. Sreekanth Bala on April 19, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    One of the best coaching videos i have seen recently….. Thank you!



  47. Abdel Gonzalez on April 19, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Wow, excellent video! How is it that you don’t have a million subscribers? I’ll do my part and share. Thanks.



  48. Kenneth Kiurski on April 19, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    This was really good!!



  49. Jerry Carlin on April 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Tks for the video. Learning each and every day. Will try some of your tips.



  50. Ian Levene on April 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for great videos! Complete beginner here. Can you slice spin the forehand as well as the backhand?