Suggest players do a small “hop” to settle into the ready position. This is referred to as the split step. Over time it will become a reflex action.
Two schools of thoughts as to when to do the split step;
The ball is not going to bounce high as a tennis ball does. Pickleball is a bending game, so bend those knees.
Shake hands with your paddle! The skin webbing between your thumb and index finger should be placed on top of the handle of the paddle when the face of the paddle is perpendicular to the ground. This is often referred to as the “Continental Grip”.
You can use two hands on the paddle, many pros use a two-handed backhand and you can switch hands. Beginners should not try to switch grips. Keep it simple.
There are several ways to position the paddle when in the ready position.
Use whichever paddle position works best for you. Just make sure your paddle is always up!
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