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PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTION Advanced Kitchen Tricks BY CHRISTINE MCGRATH T hese advanced kitchen tricks do not involve any cooking ware. All you need is a paddle, some players, and some fancy footwork. In the ideal world of pickleball, one is never too predictable to opponents. A way to do this is to incorporate a variety of kitchen tricks to your skill and strategy arsenal to be able to mix up your shots and keep your opponents guessing. I have to note that it is important to master basic pickleball shots before trying to learn these more advanced ones that are described below. Flip Shot The first shot is an offensive shot that is disguised at first as a dink, but ends up being a ball driven through or at your opponents. The time to hit the shot is when you are in a dink rally and your opponents are leaning in and expecting a dink— go ahead and “flip” the shot at or between them with either a flat or topspin. How to hit the Flip Shot: 1) Get in a dink rally with your opponents. 2) Disguise is a big part of this shot, so you want to make sure your paddle face is in the open-face dinking position until right when you make contact with the ball. 3) When you are making contact, turn your wrist and therefore your paddle face toward a closed position in order to quickly generate pace while you are completing the swing. How much you turn your wrist will determine if the ball will be hit 14 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 888.308.3720 OR GO TO THEPICKLEBALLMAG.COM flat or with top spin. The amount of topspin you put on the ball will determine how hard you can hit it while still keeping the ball inside the baseline. The ball needs to have a medium to fast pace on it. 4) You will want to aim to land the ball about 2 feet inside the baseline. Side-Shift Attack (also called the Ernie shot). Another trick shot is when you side-shift around the non-volley zone sidelines and make contact with the ball as close to the net as possible. This shot is another offensive shot and requires good footwork and is best executed after you are dinking down-the- line (straight across) from your opponent. It also requires good timing so that your opponents do not anticipate you hitting it. Even if you do not make contact with the ball, this shot is still useful in doubles because it helps to keep your opponents honest when dinking, and is also a way to bait them to hit to your partner if you are seeing a majority of the balls. How to hit the Side-Shift Attack: 1) Dink with the opponent who is down-the-line (straight across) from you. 2) Hit a dink that is close to the side-line of the person in front of you. 3) Right as your opponent is about to make contact with the ball, start moving. 4) Rather than waiting for the ball to come to you and dinking it, side-shift quickly so that your feet are planted on the outside of the non-volley zone and you are as close to the net