When you watch the ball in pickleball are you really seeing it into contact? Here’s how to track the ball correctly…

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How many times have you heard the statement “watch the ball”? If you’ve been around the pickleball courts for a while then chances are you have heard this mantra. But what does it mean to “watch the ball” or “keep your eye on the ball”.

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Should it be done at all and if it should…are you doing it the right way?

This video answers that question…

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  1. Barbara DeVries on August 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Notice Jordan’s paddle. Looks like the Engage Encore. A great paddle.

  2. A J C Sr on August 13, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Thank Jordan !
    I’ll bet your neighbors
    💘 love you ! 😆

  3. Richard G on August 13, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I almost always learn something new when watching your videos. Please keep them coming!

  4. Randall Kadish on August 13, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Interesting topic. Kind of like, does a baseball hitter really see the ball contact the bat? I practice at home, against the wall with a foam practice ball. On the ball I’ve written bold letters, which I try to read before I hit the ball. My feeling is I don’t have too look at the net (in this cast a box on the wall) to know where it is. It’s kind of like shooting skeet. You don’t have to look at the shotgun to know where it is pointing.

  5. Harry Hutchins on August 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks, another great video from you both. This subject has been answered different ways before, leaning more to the idea that the higher the level of play the more your game becomes more peripheral. The bonus about watching the ball hit the paddle eliminates the other distractions going on at the time. This allows you to concentrate and let your muscle memory do the work and hit the right shot at the right time to the right place. It shows what all that practice does and also shows what you need to practice more.

  6. Eric Womack on August 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Nice water heater!

  7. David Daley on August 13, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I like your videos but you talk alot and should devote more time for example play?

  8. Alex Rios on August 13, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    If I was this dudes neighbor…

  9. P Mah on August 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Better get some plywood over that drywall or you will soon have holes. Ask me how I know. U’ll get better bounce too

  10. David Aronson on August 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    FYI: pe·riph·er·al vi·sion
    side vision; what is seen on the side by the eye when looking straight ahead.

    But the ball is contacted in front of you — it never gets to the side.

    Inconceivable. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means

  11. StellaRL on August 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    You make it look so easy Jordan. I enjoy watching your videos. Just started playing pickle ball one and a half months ago and I’m determined to get better and better.

  12. Robert Doran on August 13, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    *PRO TIP*

    Make sure you practice this drill when no one else is home.

  13. jazzsnare on August 13, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Looking at his paddle. Is the sweet spot in the middle of paddle, or near the top, as indicated on his paddle?

  14. David Jones on August 13, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you very much. This is what I did decades ago when I played racquetball. After hours of practice, the ball never got past me when I played up front. I now do this drill again at the YMCA racquetball courts for pickleball. It really is a game changer when playing the NVZ line. Thank you again.

  15. think planet earth on August 13, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve literally been doing wall drills for the last week or two at an outdoor handball court near my house. I put tape across the wall at a 36 inch height for the net, then more tape on the ground 7 feet back from the wall to create the kitchen, and then more tape 22 feet back to create the distance of the base line. Then I created 1 narrow box with tape a little above the net on the far left corner, a 2nd box in the middle, and a 3rd one on the far right corner. This has given me so many options to work on from wall drills like you demonstrated here, to serving from the base line and trying to hit the boxes on the far right corner and far left corner, to dinking into the small boxes, as well as practicing a third shot drop from the base line by hitting it just slightly above the tape that serves as the net. I have even drilled as it’s getting dark where it’s more difficult to see the ball until it’s almost right on you thereby improving my reaction time to hitting the ball. And since the wall never misses a return (lol) I can vary both the speed and angle of where I hit the ball on the wall thereby creating more difficulty for myself. I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s been my sanity saver during these challenging social distancing times.

  16. Dale Voigt on August 13, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Seems like this would be a good precursor video to the look away shot.

  17. Bob Gregory on August 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    In the "next" video, Jordan’s wife comes out into the garage and hits him over the head for making so much noise while she’s in the house. LOL!!!

  18. Ace Pistons on August 13, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I don’t even know how to play this stupid old person game.

  19. Roman Hernz on August 13, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Very nice idea thanks !

  20. run_gavagai_run on August 13, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I wonder if you put up a piece of plywood if you would get better response off the wall.

  21. phil Minion on August 13, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    good points as usual! since i live in an apartment, i use a yellow smushball for my wall practice. looking forward to the next video. paddle up.