played against an opponent before is a great advantage to you if you
will remember their strengths , weaknesses and playing style.
opponents are great at counter hitting. They can take your moderately
strong hit to them and redirect it back for a winner. Those players you
dont want to hit hard to unless you are hitting down at their feet. You
must have much better patience against them.
Some players are great at lobs. You always want to be on your toes and move back quickly to cover this.
Some players never lob so you dont have to worry about the lob from them. Just concentrate on keeping the ball low.
players when you are pinned back at the baseline and they are smashing
balls back to you there will occasionally do a soft drop just over the
net. You have to remember those players that are good at this and be on
guard. Other opponents always smash it back, never thinking to do a soft
drop. Which player is taking your return, and are you anticipating it?
Some players have extremely accurate serves that can catch you off guard. Are you ready for them.
you are at the nvz, do you know which of your opponents is the better
dinker? That is the player that you DONT want to dink to. Why get into a
dink war with the better dinker?
Some players are great at
reaching in and taking your dink as a volley and hitting a killer angle
against you for a winner. Are you already moving to that angle when you
see this skill in your opponent.
Remember, pickleball is
like a chess game. Mental assessment is 50% of the game. The good news
is the longer you play, the better your brain gets. Your mind is able to
slow the game down as it gets more experience.