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10 New Years Resolutions for Pickleball Players

By Kyle Whatnall

on Jan 03, 2024

As we usher in the New Year, it's the perfect time for reflection and setting new goals. For those who have recently discovered the joy of pickleball, 2024 presents a unique opportunity to take your game to the next level.

Whether you're playing for fun, fitness, or the thrill of competition, setting specific, achievable resolutions can significantly enhance your skills and enjoyment of the game. This beginner's guide to pickleball New Year's resolutions is designed to help you focus on key areas of improvement, from technique and strategy to equipment and physical fitness.

Here are 10 resolutions that will guide you towards becoming a more proficient and confident pickleball player in the coming year:

  1. Master the Third Shot Drop: Instead of relying on power drives, focus on perfecting your third shot drops. This strategy involves hitting a softer, arcing shot that lands in the kitchen, allowing you to advance to the net more safely.

  2. Maintain Your Position After Serving: Resist the urge to creep forward after serving. Staying back allows you to be better prepared for your opponent's return and to set up your next shot more effectively.

  3. Invest in a Quality Pickleball Paddle: This year, consider upgrading your equipment. A better pickleball paddle can significantly improve your game by enhancing control, power, and feel. The Evo 2.0 is a great paddle for beginner to intermediate level players, and the Luxx Control Air and Vanguard Power Air paddles are excellent premium paddle options for advanced players, as well as those transitioning from tennis. 

  4. Commit to Drilling: While playing games is fun, dedicating time to specific drills can fast-track your improvement. Drills help refine your skills, from accurate shots to strategic plays.

  5. Customize Your Paddle: Adding lead and grip tape can alter the weight and balance of your paddle, suiting it more to your play style. Experimenting with customization can lead to better paddle control. Selkirk's tungsten strips are a great option for adding weight to your paddle. 

  6. Enhance Fitness and Flexibility: Pickleball isn't just about racket skills; your physical condition plays a huge role. Work on your fitness and flexibility off the court to improve your agility, endurance, and overall performance.

  7. Develop Patience at the Kitchen Line: The dink rally is a critical aspect of pickleball strategy. Practice patience and control in these exchanges, as winning the kitchen line often means winning the point.

  8. Watch More Professional Pickleball: Observing how the pros play can be incredibly educational. Watch matches to learn about positioning, shot selection, and strategy. It's also a great way to stay motivated and inspired. Check out Team Selkirk pickleball professionals HERE

  9. Invest in Durable Balls: Buy high-quality balls in bulk, like the Pro S1 ball, known for its durability and consistent play. Playing with good balls ensures a better, more reliable game experience.

  10. Refine Your Serve: A versatile serve can be a formidable weapon. Practice different types of serves and learn to vary the pace and spin to keep your opponents guessing.

By committing to these resolutions, you'll not only improve your skills but also deepen your appreciation and enjoyment of the game. Here's to a year of great serves, skillful shots, and fun on the pickleball court!

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