weeks tip is a little different. You have an assignment. Watch the
following video. It is last weeks Tournament Of Champions in Utah. It
was an invite only event which gave out $18000 in prize money.
Print off this email and follow along as you watch the video.
i want everyone to see most this week is the half volley Tim Nelson (
young man in Red and Black shirt and in my opinion the best pickleball
player in the world)
does at both the return of serve and the third shot. He is half volleying or short hopping the ball.
this does is two things. It gets him up to the net way quick and throws
off the timing of his opponents because he is getting the ball back so
So understand that Tim and his partner Billy
Jacobson ( who happens to be deaf) won the winners bracket and have
probably been sitting for several hours waiting for Lavon Majors and
Mike Gates to work their way thru the losers bracket. Hence see how many
UNFORCED ERRORS Tim and Billy make early in the first game. They are
down 1-5 and smartly take a time out to try and stop the momentum and
get their game together.
You will see a LOT of advanced
strategies in this match. You will see that on most points, the servers
partner and the receivers partner are moving back and forth as the serve
is made. Tim wants to play most of the points on the left side of the
court. This gives him more room to poach with his forehand and cover
more of the court. Their opponents are moving back and forth based on
their own strategies and to try and get in the heads of Tim and Billy.
8:25 you will see Tim fake swing at the ball as Billy is actually
hitting it. So early in the first game, Tim and Billy make the most
unforced errors. In the middle of the first BOTH teams are making
unforced errors and in the end of the first game, Lavon and Mike are
making most of the unforced errors. At 8-3-2 Tim is behind and starts
the short hop or half volleys that i am talking about.
the second game, again Tim and Billy make a lot of unforced errors. At
4-0-1 Tim and Billy again take a time out to try and change the
momentum. They go down 0-5, but pull it together and Gates and Majors
start making lots of unforced errors and Tim and Billy run out the match
with 11 straight points.
Notice the ball catch Tim makes at 22:20 !!!!
what we call the "Erne" poach that Tim does at 27:20. You will see that
for about 5 seconds before Tim makes this incredible shot, he is
wanting to do it. Unfortunately if you watch it a few times you will see
that he does foot fault , but he does it so quickly and from out of
nowhere, that the ref does not catch it.
incredible "misdirection" shot that Tim does at 32:53. A misdirection
shot is where you are intentionally telling your opponents one thing
with your body/head/hand positioning but then hit it the entirely
So in conclusion, my main goal is for you
to see what i am talking about with learning the soft game, limiting
unforced errors and TRY OUT THIS SHORT HOP return of serve and third
shot that you see Tim doing. When you do it on the return of serve, you
want to hit it as deep as possible. When you do it on the third shot you
want to drop it soft into the kitchen. Try it , You will be AMAZED at
how much quicker this gets you up to the NVZ.