Say Hello to the 3rd Shot Drive – Pickelball 411

Say Hello to the 3rd Shot Drive – Pickelball 411


hey everybody its rusty from pickleball
channel welcome to a new episode of pickleball 411 we’ve heard a lot
about the third shot drop but today we’re gonna share another option so
let’s learn and play pickleball 411 is powered by Hyland’s leg cramps proud supporter of pickleball players everywhere today we’re in Wichita Kansas at the beautiful Wichita Country Club I’m with
Lucy Kovalova and Matt Wright two of the top performing pickleball players in
the world right now you guys thanks so much for joining me thanks rusty now the
holy grail of pickleball has often been considered the third shot drop but his play gets more competitive and
more and more athletes are coming in we’re starting to see a really good
third shot drive so what are we going to talk about today?
Rusty we’d like to discuss some strategies we use and have found to be
successful when using a controlled third ball Drive and why we use it. And
obviously having a three ball drop is very important to be a good pickleball
player but adding a controlled drive can take you to another level.
so let’s break it down. the first scenario it’s when your opponent hits
deep return and forces you to hit the ball from behind the baseline
hitting a third ball drop from behind the baseline it’s a much longer shot so
you’re more likely to make a mistake in addition even if you make the third ball
drop you may still not have enough time to successfully transition to the
kitchen line. The second scenario in which you could hit a controlled third ball drive
is when your opponent hits a return with significant spin the reason for this is
because the more spin the ball has on it the harder it is to execute a drop so
you’re more likely to either make an error into the net or to leave an
attackable ball to high that your opponent cuts away so it often times
makes more sense to hit a controlled third ball drive hitting it at around 70
or 75 percent so you can control that spin a little bit more and by hitting
that controlled third ball drive you keep the point going longer which should
in turn give you a fourth ball that has less spin on it which you can then use
to transition to the kitchen in order to determine where to hit a third ball drive
keep these following strategies in mind hit to an opponent’s obvious weakness
for example an opponent who has trouble with a backhand volley or hit it to a
player who is still transitioning to the kitchen line if you can’t do either of
those hit the shot you’re most confident with or just hit it down the middle
however if your opponent stays back at the baseline it’s usually best to just
hit it to that player and both of you move to the kitchen line remember in pickleball all you want to get up to the net and these strategies are designed to
help you keep the point going long enough to safely transition to the
kitchen line so that’s your pickleball 411
for today we really hope this has been helpful thank you so much you guys and
now there’s only one thing left to do and that’s — GO PLAY!!! If there’s something
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