As with all sports the #1 way to improve your game is to practice. We all love to get on the court and play and we all want to improve, but practice is key to improving your game. Why then is it so hard to put time into practice if we know it will make us a better player?
Here are some thought on practice from some well known coaches:
Coach Mo "If you want to play your best, you must know the importance of practice, as well as playing the game."
Sarah Ansboury "The important thing to remember is you can work to improve your game, even if you don’t have a court or practice partner. You can work on your mind, your footwork and your conditioning. You can practice pickleball alone!"
Gale Leach "only with practice do elements of their game become automatic, allowing players to play better all around"
Practicing Alone-Most players believe that you need a partner and a court to practice. Below are links to 3 videos on how to practice alone. If you take the time to analyze your games and learn the areas that you are weak in then you can concentrate on working on those weaknesses.
Here is a great article on the USAPA Atlantic Region website about practice.
Click here to read the article.
So, you can get on the court and play, you can play against better players, but unless you put in the time to figure out what you need to improve and take the time to practice you will not improve. Ask someone sitting out to chart your unforced errors and work on the aspects of the game you are weak on. Take a video of your games and analyze what you are doing and look critically at your game. You will learn a lot. So get out there and get it done!