11/1/2018 Pickleball Club

Lesson for an Old Dog

With all the hoopla of the advantages of taking lessons to improve your game, a friend and I finally signed up to afford us the opportunity to experience it firsthand. The lesson started with a presentation of how important it is to bend your knees while hitting. This was easier said than done considering my friend is 6’6”, wears compression socks for better circulation, has arthritis, wears a back brace and is overweight. For me, I was standing there reflecting that I was wearing orthopedic insoles, knee brace, back brace, elbow brace, and kinesthetic tape on my shoulder and ankle. My doctor says that it is even a marvel that I’m able to play with all my arthritis, and he wants us to bend our knees. We started hitting by practicing dink shots where it was observed that grip pressure for better control should be at a four or five level on a one to ten basis and that we were gripping the paddle on a seven or eight level. It was also pointed out that side stepping is much better than cross stepping in retrieving a ball. Of course we both cross stepped which often got us out of court position since you had to take an extra step in the direction you are going. I couldn’t help but think that I was glad just to get to the ball. We practiced the various routines to work on the third shot. Actually we both did pretty well even though I seldom use this shot during a game. It was pointed out that I didn’t approach the kitchen line after the third shot. Yep, I would just stay back and marvel at my good third shot and watch my opponent place a winning dink shot. We also worked on improving our serves. The best advice was that the lower you strike the ball, the more powerful the serve. We concluded with a dialogue on what we learned and realized that practice must accompany the lesson if one wanted to improve. It’s assumed that I will remember all of the lesson, given the fact that at times I can’t even remember the score.


WHERE: Tuesday mornings, East Rec Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4
WHEN: New players’ (strictly beginners) introduction to Pickleball every Tuesday at 9:00 am. Coached play for beginners and novices every Tuesday at 10:00 am – Pacific Standard Time
ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles
EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts.
WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Shirley Lieberman, shirliber@sbcglobal.net, (707) 537-9871


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