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    Winning Tips for Your Next Tournament

    April 13, 2018

     

    Article written by Rusty Howes – Pickleball Magazine – March/April 2018

     

    “…learn from the pros who have won multiple gold medals in tournament play!  …In this article winning advice from two top pro players, Kyle Yates and Dave Weinbach…

     

     

    Winning Tip #!

    PLAY PATIENT, CONSISTENT PICKLEBALL

     

    Kyle:  “This was a tough field…it was our goal to play very consistent, patient pickleball.  We tried to outlast our opponents, and if they got the ball up just a little bit too high, we weren’t afraid to attack.”

     

    Dave:  “…this game is really about consistency.  It’s not about hitting spectacular winners.  If you watch Kyle and me play, we just don’t make a lot of unforced errors.  And over the long haul, that’s how you win consistently in pickleball.  I don’t care if it’s 2.5, 3.0, 4.0…who you’re going to see win…is the team that makes the least amount of unforced errors.  So, folks out there, really work on your consistency in your third shot drop and in dinking…It really is about making less unforced errors, putting pressure on your opponent and forcing errors from the other side.”

     

    Winning Tip #2

    USE THE SOFT GAME TO SET UP KILLS SHOTS

     

    Kyle:  “We definitely made sure to keep the ball down.   Our opponents, Wes and Daniel, will hurt you if you pop the ball up…stick to smart pickleball.  Keep the ball down and be as consistent as possible.”

     

    Dave:  “…you really have to pick your spots.  So, we wanted to use the soft game and third shot drops to set up our kill shots.  You have to be very patient…until we got the right opportunity to strike.”

     

    Winning Tip #3

    HAVE FUN AND STICK TO YOUR GAME PLAN

     

    Kyle:  “Partner communication, trusting in your partner, and making sure that you mesh well is very important.  Dave is a good friend of mine.  We just have a lot of fun.”

     

    Dave:  “You’ve got to remember, this is a game.  It’s all about having fun first and foremost…and you know what?  Before every match we had a game plan…felt good to be able to execute what we talked about before the marches…”

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