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Chapter 9

The ninth chapter of the book A Pickleball Life contains links to posts about general strategies, including basic doubles strategy as well as specific strategies such as stacking. Click on the link below to show the full post.

General Strategies

The Most Important Shot     (Posted 10/10/2016)

Pickleball Strategies and Shot Selections     (Posted 8/31/2016)

Targeting: Where and Why     (Posted 9/6/2017)

Analysis of a Single Point     (Posted 3/4/2016)

10 Essential Tactics     (Posted 12/17/2015)

10 Essential Tactics - an Update     (Posted 8/13/2016)

Aspen's Advice: Body Language and More     (Posted 8/23/2017)

Predict the Shot     (Posted 8/24/2017)

Watch Your Opponent     (Posted 8/25/2017)
> Sarah Ansboury & RV Picklers - 3 Keys to Look For: Watching Your Opponent

The Key to Shot Direction     (Posted 8/28/2017)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Controlling the direction of groundstrokes in Pickleball

Disguise Your Shot    (Posted 8/29/2017)

Be Unpredictable through Deception    (Posted 8/30/2017)
> - Unpredictable

Do the Unexpected    (Posted 8/31/2017)
> Sarah Ansboury - Pickleball Choices, Sometimes Hit the Unexpected

Faking    (Posted 9/1/2017)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - How to Be Tricky

Disguise through Consistency    (Posted 9/13/2017)
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Pickleball Strategy: Disguise Your Dink

Percentage Pickleball

Winning with Percentages     (Posted 1/31/2017)

Coach Mo's Percentage Pickleball     (Posted 2/1/2017)

> Coach Mo - Pickleball Percentages
> Coach Mo - Percentage Pickleball

Kitchen Line Percentage Pickleball     (Posted 2/2/2017)


Sarah on Percentage Pickleball     (Posted 2/3/2017)

> Sarah Ansboury - Pickleball: Play the Percentages

Patience is a Strategy     (Posted 2/4/2017)

> Jeff Napier - Kitchen Patience

Keep the Ball in Play     (Posted 12/16/2015)

> Pickleball Channel - Keep the Ball in Play 
> Norm Davis - Keeping the Ball in Play

High Percentage Winning Pickleball - Patience     (Posted 9/1/2016)

How to Win a Rally Without a Swing     (Posted 8/1/2017)

How to Win a Rally Without a Swing Part 2     (Posted 8/2/2017)
> Sarah Ansboury & RV Picklers - The Secret to Not Hitting Out Balls

How to Win a Rally Without a Swing Part 3     (Posted 8/3/2017)
> Joe Baker - Pickleball Strategy 301 - Six Rules of the Fast Game

> Jeff Napier - Aim For The Feet

Aspen's Advice - Patience     (Posted 5/2/2017)

Reflections (and Lessons) from Aiken     (Posted 8/18/2016)

Doubles Strategies

Doubles Strategy     (Posted 1/25/2016)

> Joe Baker - Doubles Pickleball Strategy 101-How to Play Smart Pickleball, Ten Tips

The Basic Overall Strategy of Doubles     (Posted 4/25/2016)

Prem Carnot Webinar     (Posted 6/16/2016)

Prem Carnot Webinar (Part 2)     (Posted 6/17/2016)

Forehand Takes the Middle     (Posted 1/20/2016)


Stacking     (Posted 1/23/2016)

> Pickleball Channel - Stacking

One Way to Play with Lefty     (Posted 11/16/2016)

> Sarah Ansboury - Stacking: When and Why
> Mark Renneson – Third Shot Sports - Stacking

Alleviating Stacking Confusion     (Posted 11/17/2016)

> RV Picklers - Pickleball Stacking 101: If You Are Confused

Playing Against Stackers     (Posted 11/19/2016)

> Sarah Ansboury & RV Picklers - Playing Against Stackers: Focus and Strategy

Pickleball Statistics

Less is More     (Posted 2/6/2016)

> - A Simple Strategy for Pickleball Success – “Less is More!”

Pickleball Statistical Analysis     (Posted 2/8/2016)
> - Noel White Summary of 2012 & 2013 Tournament Play Research

Pickleball Statistical Analysis - Unforced Errors     (Posted 2/10/2016)
> - Noel White Summary of 2012 & 2013 Tournament Play Research

Pickleball Statistical Analysis - Conversions     (Posted 2/15/2016)
> - Noel White Summary of 2012 & 2013 Tournament Play Research

Pickleball Statistical Analysis - Honest Self-Awareness     (Posted 2/16/2016)
> - Noel White Summary of 2012 & 2013 Tournament Play Research


  1. I play with a number of folks on a social basis. It is competitive, but not tournament play. In particular, some folks are less mobile than the pros in the videos, and some have reflexes unsuitable for the NVZ fast game. Nonetheless, some can place any ball they can reach with spectacular accuracy. I have been looking for strategies or tactics appropriate for partners with mixed abilities. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi. Does anyone know how I can read White’s statistical analysis? The link does not work.

    1. I contacted Noel a couple of years ago about the broken link. Unfortunately, he indicated the analysis and data was lost due to computer issues. He was to contact me if he found or recaptured it, but he never has. It was a good piece of work and seems to be lost forever.