Attack off the bounce

Attacking Off the Bounce!


The height of the oncoming pickleball is a determining factor in whether or not it is attackable. This is because a higher ball gives you more time to react and hit it with power. A lower ball, on the other hand, can be more difficult to hit because you have less time to react and you may not be able to generate as much power from a below-the-net position.

Just because a ball lands in the kitchen doesn’t mean it’s unattackable!

  • Anticipation. Recognize if the last shot you hit was challenging for your opponent. If so, get yourself up to the non-volley line (aka, the kitchen) on balance, knees bent and ready to reach forward. Pay attention to your opponent’s last shot and try to predict where they will hit the next ball.
  • Footwork. Use different footwork patterns to create ample space between you and the ball: a shuffling step to the side, a cross step into the kitchen, or a pivot step back off the non-volley line.
  • Balance. If you notice a lack of balance, an offensive strike from that position will likely end in error. Regain a wide and low stance before pulling the trigger.
  • Apex. The apex is the highest point of the ball’s bounce. Wait until the ball reaches its peak or the top of the bounce to attack it. Remember, height is everything.

As with any attack, always assume it will be returned. A pickleball comes back when you least expect it! Always be ready is a good motto!

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It is also important to remember that just because a ball lands in the kitchen doesn’t mean it’s unattackable. If you can get to the ball quickly and hit it with power, you can still win the point. However, it is important to be careful when attacking balls that land in the kitchen, as you can easily make a mistake if you are not careful. If the ball begins to drop, you might make an error!

If you can add a bit of topspin, that might help keep it in the court, instead of going long. Be patient. Don’t rush your shot. Take your time and make sure you hit the ball cleanly.

  • What are some common mistakes that you make when on offense? Leave your comment below!

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