IMPROVE YOUR PLAY

Pre-Game On-Court Warm-Up Routine

A series of five to ten successful shots at each position will help ensure you play your best game while advancing your skill set over time.

  • Non-volley line dinks
  • Non-volley line-controlled volleys
  • One side backs up to baseline for third shot drops
  • Alternate
  • Baseline to baseline ground strokes
  • Practice serves

How to Play Smart Pickleball

Doubles Strategy 101

Joe Baker’s Backboard Wall Drills for Pickleball
This video shows backboard or wall drills and practice exercises
for improving your pickleball game.

Beginner Drills

  • Forehand and backhand ground strokes
  • Alternating forehand and backhand ground strokes
  • Serves
  • Forehand and backhand volley shots
  • Alternating forehand and backhand volley shots, increasing speed and distance as your skill improves

Intermediate Drills

  • Alternating forehand and backhand ground strokes imparting spin.
  • Short hop shots to the feet.
  • Forehand and backhand drop shots
  • Forehand only dink shots steering the ball left and right
  • Backhand only dink shots steering the ball left and right
  • Alternating forehand and backhand dink shots steering the ball left and right
  • Forehand only volley shots steering the ball left and right
  • Backhand only volley shots steering the ball left and right
  • Alternating forehand and backhand volley shots steering the ball left and right
  • Forehand and backhand lob shots

Advanced Drills

  • Forehand and backhand and alternating forehand and backhand machine gun speed volley shots
  • Backhand backspin volleys
  • Backhand topspin volleys
  • Backhand left and right sidespin volleys (sawing motion)
  • Alternating forehand and backhand side spin shots (paintbrush motion)
  • Taking speed off the ball
  • Volley to surprise lob
  • Third shot drop shots into the kitchen
  • Disguised lobs when dinking
  • Disguised body shots when dinking
  • Sharp angle shots when dinking
  • Fake overhead smash shots

Pickleball Serving – Is It Legal?
From Third Shot Sports

Third Shot Drill
from the Pickleball Channel