»RUSTY: Hey, it’s Rusty from Pickleball Channel,
and I am excited to be here with top player, Scott Moore. We’re launching a brand new show called Skills
and Drills. Scott, what are we going to show folks today? »SCOTT: Today, Rusty, we are going to
show you a drill using a ball machine that will help you improve your volleys. »RUSTY: So, let’s get started.
♪♪ techno music ♪♪ ♪♪ techno music ♪♪ ♪♪ techno music ♪♪ »SCOTT: So to set up this drill, place the ball
machine at the baseline in the center. Place a large target in the middle of the court just
past the non-volley zone line, and place two smaller targets overlapping the kitchen
line on each side. You’ll stand at the kitchen in the middle of the court. We always want
to practice with a purpose which is why we are using targets. It could be anything like a
towel or hula hoop that you have around. If you can keep your volleys low, it will
help you take control of the point and make it harder for your opponents to attack you.
So we are going to use three targets, the largest one down the middle because that’s where
we want to hit most of our volleys, and two others angled on the sides for when we have an
opportunity to hit a winner. You put the ball machine in the middle of the baseline,
set to deliver a low, fast ball, which we often see in a real actual
game of pickleball. You should stand at the center court at the
kitchen line moving laterally to practice both your forehand and backhand volleys. A good
volley can be your most effective offensive weapon in the game, so use this drill
to work on developing better touch and control. For a group
version of this drill, you just turn on oscillating on
the ball machine. You make two lines of players, each hitting three shots
and then moving to the end of the other line. For more fun and to
create a realistic game situation, you get one point for the middle target and
two points for each of the angled targets. But you lose two points if you hit
it in the net or out of bounds. And if you really want to make it competitive,
the first one to eleven points wins the game. »RUSTY: So that’s your drill
for today. Scott, thank you so much. »SCOTT: My pleasure, Rusty. »RUSTY: And remember,
if you want to improve your skills, you’ve got to do the drills. ♪♪ techno music ♪♪ ♪♪ techno music ♪♪ ♪♪ techno music ♪♪ ♪♪ music fades ♪♪

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Dennis Veasley

4 thoughts on “Drill to Improve Your Volley – Skills and Drills with the Pickleball Tutor Machine”

  1. Brian, the paddle I was using was the Helo, which has a very nice feel for doubles, and will definitely compete favorably with the paddles you mentioned for doubles touch, feel and reach. I also have started playing singles with our newly approved Horizon elongated paddle, which has a bit more pop as well.

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