23 May, 2019 0 Comment

e1Fam,


Everyone needs someone who can “push” him or her. Whether it is in the workplace, in the gym, in the classroom, or on the Pickleball court, we all need that “pull or tug” to become better. Competition is one of the best modalities for personal development. 

One thing that I appreciate the most about this sport is mentorship. When a PRO takes the time to give back. Making the investment in developing players is what sustains the vitality of this amazing game. Never forget the value of the maturation process, there are many mentors awaiting the contact from a prospective mentee.

Find someone who is skilled, someone you can trust, and who has your best development interest in mind and begin a mentoring relationship.

~Keep Playing

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19 May, 2019 0 Comment

The serve is a critical component in pickleball.  However, in doubles, the key is to get the ball in otherwise the rally will never begin.  Having a consistent serve is better than "going for the ace."  Try to get the serve in and get the ball in deep to your opponents backhand.  I would suggest that you don't go for a "big" serve in doubles, instead, you might want to go for a bigger serve in singles because it gives you an advantage to setup the point.  The point will play out more in doubles and a big serve is not as important as in singles.  


TECHNIQUE

The ball needs to land in the court that is diagonal to your starting point.  Point your shoulders towards the net and aim for where you want the ball to go.  Keep both feet behind the baseline when you make contact with the ball.  The serve must be in an underhand motion and you must strike the ball below your waist with your wrist facing downwards at contact.  A serve might be questionable when it gives one a competitive advantage before the rally begins.  On the serve, just toss the ball slightly or drop it out of your hands while you follow through and strike the ball.  Don't put too much thought into the serve.  Just focus on getting the ball in and in deep in the opponents court.


STRATEGY
I have mentioned that you must get the serve in before the rally can begin.  If you can't get the serve in, there is no way to score a point because a point can only be won while your team serves the ball.  Sometimes it is best to follow take a step behind the baseline and follow through when striking the ball to give you some momentum.  Another tip is to aim towards the opponents backhand because they probably have a weaker backhand than forehand.  



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Steve Wong

Six-time National Champion

Pickleball Hall-of-Fame Nominee

Former USAPA Vice President


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9 May, 2019 0 Comment

Have you ever seen a player just drive the ball as hard as they could from the baseline or are you one of those players?  Well, that might be a common strategy for beginners but as you develop your game you should try the third shot drop (TSD).  If you’ve taken a lesson from me, you would know, my philosophy for pickleball is that the game is won at the net!  The best players will hit higher percentage shots and get up to the net.  Being at the net allows you and your partner to hit higher percentage volleys instead of low percentage groundstrokes.  Utilize the third shot drop as an “approach” shot to get up to the net.  A third shot drop is when the serving team hits their third shot from the baseline and drops the ball into the opposing teams kitchen.  The first shot is the serve.  The second shot is the return.  Thus, the third shot drop is the shot to hit into the opposing teams kitchen and allows you and your partner to get to the net. 


TECHNIQUE

The third shot drop is similar to a dink when you hit the ball.  It’s not a hard power shot at all.  Instead, it’s an arching shot that you hit and aim for the opposing teams kitchen area.  If you arch the ball too high and the opponent can reach the ball for a volley that is a put away or “kill” shot, then, don’t leave the baseline yet.  Try to wait for another attempt at hitting a better drop shot until you can head on up.  The shot is executed with an open paddle face and it’s almost like you are hitting the ball like a dink but you want the ball to travel further across the net.  To prepare for this shot, you should practice by throwing a pickleball from the baseline to the opposing kitchen area with a toss instead of using your paddle.  Try that technique until it feels natural.  


STRATEGY

Execute the third shot drop when your team is the serving team.  Remember, it’s an approach shot and it’s not meant for your team to score every time from it.  However, it’s a highly effective shot and sometime it does create the opponents to make unforced errors.  It’s intimidating to see the serving team rush the net after a nice third shot drop is struck.  If your third shot drop seems like it’ll be a good one, then, tell your partner to “GO” or head up to the net to level the playing field with your opponents.  You never want them to play at the net while your team is at the baseline.  They will have better odds at scoring with higher percentage shots.  

Author

Steve Wong

Six-time National Champion

Pickleball Hall-of-Fame Nominee

Former USAPA Vice President





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19 June, 2018 0 Comment

Many love the game of pickleball due to its lack of bias towards gender, race, age, or athleticism. Like anything else, the more you become disciplined in learning the strategies, techniques, and proper execution, skillset will increase. Yet if increasing skillset becomes the primary goal then valuable friendship opportunity may be missed. Love whom you play with more than desiring to win at your play!


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#buildingcommunity

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19 June, 2018 0 Comment

As a non-profit, e1 seeks to play its role in growing the tremendous sport of pickleball. Currently, two areas of opportunity have presented themselves as viable lanes of influence for this company. They include; introducing the sport to churches, schools (k-12th), and universities.  Piggybacking off an inaugural club season at local Christian university has given e1 exposure, competence, and credibility. Comprised of a board of 5 members and 2 Advisors, with over 50 years (collectively) of education, evangelical experience, and pickleball play, we feel confident in pioneering new relationships.


Board Member Credentials:

*Doctorates

*IPTPA Teaching Certifications 

*Sponsorships 

*Professorships

*National Championships 

*Philanthropy

*Design

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Elevate One, Inc. is a Christian-based non-profit organization (501c3) that shares the magnificent game of pickleball. By embracing, encouraging, and equipping everyone to play the game of pickleball. Through individual relationships, e1 seeks to honor God and elevate One - Jesus Christ.

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