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Pickleball Guru Advice

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  • Doc Savarese

Having returned with three gold medals at the USAPA Nationals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, our local personal instructor, Adam Mac

Kinnon exudes in providing credible advice:

* The first objective is to serve at a 95% consistency level. Remember the serve must be an underarm motion with the point of impact below the waist (even though for a lot of Oakmonters, the waist is hard to determine). The paddle head must be below the wrist. A deep serve is the most important objective.

* Returning the ball, as with serves, the most important objective is depth. Adam reports that S&S (not a psychological term), means serve and stay, meaning don’t creep up after you serve. It is hilarious to watch people transitioning from tennis rushing to the net in a serve and volley attitude. The second feature in returns is called R&R by Adam, meaning return and run; where you follow up your return by moving forward to join your partner. Hopefully your partner is already at the kitchen line.

These helpful hints should be beneficial for the novice player to hone their skills. Adam offers personal instruction, which is available to all Oakmont residents. His instruction can accommodate all levels of player (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The contact person for setting up lessons is: Connie Medeiros;



WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.

WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. These classes are combined during the winter schedule and are taught separately during spring, summer and fall.

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: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Shirley Lieberman,, 537-9871.

If possible, lease include: Next Oakmont Pickleball Club meeting is on; January 16, at West building, 4:00PM. New officers will be elected along with important agenda items.


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