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5 Mistakes New Pickleball Players Make: Avoiding Common Rookie Errors

Pickleball is taking Melbourne by storm, offering a fun, accessible sport that blends elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. As new players join the game at Spark Tennis, it’s crucial to be aware of common pitfalls that can hinder progress. Here are the top five rookie mistakes in pickleball and how you can avoid them.

Mistake 1: Ignoring the Importance of Positioning

What Goes Wrong: New players often focus solely on hitting the ball and neglect their position on the court.

How to Avoid: Always be aware of your position relative to the net and the boundaries. Stay out of the no-volley zone (or “kitchen”) unless you are hitting a ball that bounces first. This strategy will help you cover the court more effectively and make better shots.

Mistake 2: Overusing the Power Shot

What Goes Wrong: Beginners tend to think that smashing the ball as hard as possible is the best play.

How to Avoid: Pickleball is more about precision and strategy than power. Focus on placing your shots to make it difficult for your opponents to return, rather than just hitting with brute force.

Mistake 3: Poor Paddle Grip

What Goes Wrong: Holding the paddle incorrectly can limit your range of motion and shot accuracy.

How to Avoid: Hold your paddle with a Continental grip (like shaking hands) to allow for a versatile range of shots. This grip provides balance between power and control, which is ideal for beginners.

Mistake 4: Not Watching the Ball

What Goes Wrong: Players often watch their opponents instead of the ball, leading to missed shots and poor reactions.

How to Avoid: Keep your eyes on the ball at all times. This focus will improve your reaction time and help you predict where the ball will go, based on its trajectory and spin.

Mistake 5: Neglecting to Learn the Rules

What Goes Wrong: New players sometimes jump into games without a solid understanding of the rules, which can lead to points lost from avoidable faults.

How to Avoid: Take the time to learn the specific rules of pickleball, including the scoring system, serving sequence, and the unique double bounce rule. Understanding these rules can prevent unnecessary errors and improve your overall game strategy.

Avoiding these common mistakes can drastically improve your pickleball experience and performance. At Spark Tennis, we provide beginner-friendly sessions and expert coaching to help you start off on the right foot. Embrace the learning curve, and remember, every player was a beginner at some point.

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