19 Players on Saturday, 24 players on Labor Day. It was great to see.......Remember, we start at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow (Wed.) and for the rest of September and October (because of the school traffic). We will always start at 8:00 on Saturdays.
Three excellent videos from the Tournament of Champions played this past July in Ogden, Utah. The video quality is excellent. So is the play!!!! You need not watch all of each video, but watch a good segment to see the use of all the shots you have been encouraged to work on....and, to see how the top players in the country play the game.
Women's Championships: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4waMJYt95Q
Mixed Championships: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz049l0h71s
The 'Neutral' Shot: If you played the word association game with the word neutral, you might say 'smooth,' 'controlled,' 'coasting,' 'easy,' 'soft,'.....something along those lines. In Pickleball, the Neutral shot is most associated with the return of serve. That easy, controlled, smooth shot that is relatively soft and deep. This neutral return of serve is very important because it allows you to get to the 7' line BEFORE your opponent hits the return. In our play today, I saw too many fast paced or short returns of serve that got players caught in the mid-court area trying to hit tough shots at their feet. So think neutral on your service return. You will be happy with the results.
By the way, "How Did The Ball Come Off Your Paddle Today?" With control and placement, I hope!!!!