The Benefits of Pickleball Wall Drills
The wall can be your perfect partner. Here’s why:
Flexibility – It’s easier to fit into a busy schedule, especially if you have a wall at home you can use. It’s a fast way to pack in some extra pickleball reps.
Control – The wall never misses but it’s very easy for you to miss. Learning to control the ball to keep the rally going, along with changing up the tempo and direction are skills you will quickly develop.
Consistency – The ball will always come back, forcing you to improve your consistency to keep the rallies going!
Technique – Without a partner, wall practice allows you to focus on yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to refine your technique. It also builds your stamina, as keeping up long rallies is a great cardio workout!
Hand Speed and Reaction Time – The ball comes back faster than when you are on the court waiting for it to travel across the net to your opponent. So you have no choice but to be quick. Practicing drills where you are closer to the wall, such as volleys, really helps improve your hand speed.
Pickleball Wall Drills
Here’s how to set up your wall ready for drills:
Using the wall is a great way to warm up before a match or on-court training session.
Here’s an example warm-up you can use:
As pickleball players, we know how important it is to practice our dinks in different scenarios. Here’s some example drills:
Dink Target Drill
Try this drill for improved dink placement:
One Touch Dink Drill
This is a great drill for increasing your overall dink control:
Try standing close to the wall and hitting volley to volley. Start further away and with only forehands to start with. Once you build up your reflexes, you can add in backhand and then mix up from shot to shot. As you improve, test yourself by standing as close as possible.
Here’s how to improve your hand speed:
To practice groundstrokes, you can either isolate one shot or mix around. You can even create specific sequences such as 3 x forehands and then a backhand and repeat.
Here are some tips for how to get solid groundstrokes:
Serves and Returns
Try serving the wall to yourself and recovering fast enough to return it. This is excellent practice for your reflexes.
The wall is great practice for both forehand and backhand slice. If you find it hard to continuously hit slice, try mixing in slice with your regular groundstrokes.
Here’s a backhand slice example video:
Touch And Control
Touch and control are crucial to being a successful pickleball player at all levels. Here are two simple drills you can practice to build up your paddle and ball control:
Try the Slinky Drill for an increased level of touch:
Try this drill to help with controlling the ball into an area:
Tips for Effective Wall Practice
Before you start plan your practice. It could be a certain number of consistent hits, a duration of time, or practicing a particular stroke.
Mark the Net
If you are not using a proper tennis wall, mark out the net height using painter’s tape etc. This gives you a more realistic practice and a solid visual. You can even add in the tape where the baseline and service line would be so you can gauge the distance correctly.
Vary Your Pace
Don’t just hit at one speed. Mix it up, from slow-paced shots to faster, more aggressive ones.
Move your feet as you would in an actual match. Try to stay active the whole time.
The wall, which players often overlook, remains an incredible tool for technique refinement and physical conditioning. It’s always ready to rally and never tires. Add a wall session or two per week and watch your game improve!
Where Can I Get A TopspinPro?
What is topspin in pickleball and why is it important?
Topspin refers to the rotation of the tennis ball that causes it to spin forward and downward. Topspin is important in pickleball because it allows players to hit the ball with more power and control. The spin causes the ball to dip down quickly, making it more difficult for the opponent to return. Topspin also allows players to hit the ball with more margin for error, meaning they can hit the ball harder without it going out of bounds. Additionally, topspin shots can be used to create angles and control the trajectory of the ball, allowing players to dictate the pace and direction of the game.
What is the difference between a one-handed and two-handed pickleball backhand?
The main difference between a one-handed and two-handed pickleball backhand is the number of hands used to execute the shot. As the name suggests, a one-handed backhand involves using only one hand to hit the ball, while a two-handed backhand involves using both hands on the paddle.One-handed backhands provide more reach and are typically used for shots farther away from the player. Two-handed backhands offer more stability and control for shots that require more power and precision. For more info on how to choose read our article: The Pickleball Backhand: One Hand Or Two
What is the proper technique for serving in pickleball?
To serve in pickleball, stand behind the baseline and keep both feet behind the line until the ball is struck. The server must hit the ball below the waist and serve diagonally to the opponent’s service court. The serve must clear the non-volley zone and land in the opponent’s service court. If it fails to do so, it’s considered a fault. Players must alternate the server after each point, and the serve must be done underhand. It’s essential to keep the ball low and in the court’s corners to make it harder for the opponent to return the serve.
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