Recently, I shot a video with Laura Fenton
Kovanda where we focused on the reset shot. That’s the shot that you use when you’re transitioning
from the baseline to the non-volley zone. Afterwards, the emails came in from those
of you asking how do you open the paddle face without popping it up and giving a nice juicy
kill shot to your opponents who are there waiting at the net? That’s what we’re going to focus on today. Hey everybody, it’s CJ Johnson. If you’re new to this channel, welcome. We talk about all things pickleball with a
special focus on the player who’s over 50. If you like what you see, make sure you hit
the subscribe button and then the bell, that way you’ll know whenever I post a new video. A good reset shot is going to make for a smoother
transition for you and your partner to get to the net. If you missed last week’s video with four
time us open champion Laura Fenton Kovanda, make sure you start there first. Just click on the link that popped up on your
screen. Before I show you my favorite drill, we need
to talk a little bit about grip pressure. It’s almost impossible to hit a soft shot
with hammer hands. The unfortunate part is most of us don’t even
realize how much tension we have in our grip and once we put tension on our grip, that
transfers into our forearm and our shoulder, and before you know it, our entire motion
is tense. And we’re trying to hit a soft shot, and most
of the time it just won’t work. Here’s how you can be aware of your grip pressure. What I’d like you to do is to hold your pickleball
paddle, but hold it lightly enough so that if I walked by, I could pull it out of your
hands. That’s number one. Now let’s do the opposite side of that scale. Hold the pickleball paddle again, but this
time tighten so hard that if I walked by and tried to pull it out of your hands, it would
pull back. You should feel that tension go right into
your forearm. Now you have the two extremes, 1, the softest,
10 the hardest. Take the pickleball paddle in your hand one
more time and now find the pressure right in the middle between one and 10 that’s your
number 5. Most pickleball shots should be hit with a
grip pressure of somewhere around three to five. One of my favorite ways to teach people to
open the paddle face is by using the double dink drill. The objective of this is to take a dink after
the first bounce, pop the ball up in the air in front of you and then hit the next ball
over the net. That teaches us to open up the face and to
control the ball, and the trajectory as well as the speed. Once you’ve mastered the double dink shot
here’s an additional one for you to try. Let’s try double volley. What I want to do as the same thing as in
the double dink. We want to open the paddle face up enough
so that it stays in front of us in the air, and then send the next shot over the net with
an arc back to our practice partner. If you focus on controlling the ball by opening
your paddle face and the softness of your touch, your reset shot will improve in
no time. If you got value from this video make sure
that you give it a thumbs up or share it with your pickleball playing friends, because together we can Train Smart, Live Bold, and AGE-WELL.

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Dennis Veasley

7 thoughts on “Pickleball Strategy The Reset Shot-How to Control the Flight of the Ball”

  1. One thing that might cause confusion in learners is what does "open paddle face" mean. Can you describe and open paddle face for your audience?

  2. I love the fact that you gave the 1 to 10 scale first and then went into the 3 to 5 pressure. Well done. You would make a great teacher if you are not one already.

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