Pickleball Serve-Why Hit It Deep?{{Drone Video}}


No doubt there is a lot of conflicting
advice on the pickleball courts. However, I’m sure that most people would agree
that by hitting a deep serve you increase the chance that your opponent
is going to make an error. Today I have some drone footage that’s
going to show you exactly why it works. Stay tuned. Hey everybody, it’s CJ Johnson. There
are a few reasons to hit a deep serve. The two most common are to force a short
return and to get a little extra time for you to get to the non volley zone. The drone footage that I have for you
today is going to show you exactly why it works so well. Before we get to that, if you don’t want to miss
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know whenever I post a new video. First, let’s take a look at this footage in
real time and then we’ll do it in slow mo and we’ll break down why the
deep serve works so well. [inaudible]. Let’s break down how the winning
drive was set up by the deep serve. I’m trying to force a short return giving
me more options on the third shot and making it easier to execute. The serve bounces in the back quarter
of the court and pushes Jeannie several feet behind the baseline.
Since she starts further back. It’ll take her longer to
get to the non-volley zone. Although it doesn’t happen every time, in this instance Dayne and I get
exactly what we hope for a short return. What you can’t see from this vantage point
is the ball bounces above net height. Whenever I get a short high bouncing
ball, I prefer the drive to a drop. You’ll also notice that the short shot
allows my partner and I to start moving toward the non volley zone.
Where should I hit the drive? Since Jeannie started well behind the
baseline when I’m ready to contact the ball, the point where she should split
step she’s short of the non volley zone. If I directed the drive towards her, it’s likely she has to
hit the ball while moving, making the return more difficult.
However, after the serve, I noticed her partner Peter, take a step towards the center of the
court and when he wasn’t sure where she was, he leaned to cover the middle. This
left the sideline open for the drive. Now Peter can change the
direction pretty quickly, but since he’s already
leaning toward the center, chances are if he’s fast
enough to block the shot, it would come off the paddle softly
and we would be able to defend the next shot. In this case, I catch him leaning too far to the
center to recover and hit a winner behind him. If you need to learn how
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