Court Coverage & Middle Thirds
My Court, Your Court
One of the toughest pieces of strategy involves sharing the court. Good pickleballers know that there are few hard boundaries on the court. Each player does not take up half the court. Good teams will share the court effectively to cover weaknesses. You need to be fluid about how the court is shared, hiding your weaknesses and maximizing your strengths.
Strategies for sharing the court:
Know yourself - You must know your area and role. Be honest about your weaknesses and strengths. Teams will try to isolate one member of the opposing team. Are you the one who will be isolated?
Don’t share 50/50 - There are many reasons not to share the court 50/50. One person might be a stronger player, have a longer reach, or might just be having a good day on the court. The more you can allow for that to happen without ego getting in the way, the more successful your team will be.
Each team is unique. When you share the court well, you maximize the best of each player and make your team better than just the sum of your parts.