Pickleball is simple to learn and play, but competitive players constantly seek a competitive advantage, much like bowlers eyeing their next bowling trophies. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, it’s time to advance to more original pickleball methods and approaches. So how can a pickleball novice advance in skill? How can a pickleball player improve to a 5.0? You’ll soon be in charge of the court if you can establish excellent habits early on and hone your pickleball abilities with some tried-and-true pickleball tactics. This article will cover tried-and-true pickleball methods, and analyze why strategy prevails over brute force.

Serve Deep, To Backhands, and in The Court Every Time

The first pickleball strategy begins with the serve, the first shot in every rally. Pickleball is a unique sport because of its underhand serve. It is crucial to have exceptionally good serve accuracy since you only get one shot to place your service in the proper service area. In addition, you have perfect control over only one shot during a pickleball rally—the serve—except for the wind. As a result, the service is one pickleball stroke that you can learn with practice and a high degree of accuracy.

Lob Less

A lob is a long, arcing shot. When your opponents are close to the net, lobbing shots over and behind them might throw off their rhythm and cause them to leave the Non-Volley Zone (“kitchen”) queue. Lobs are helpful defensively because they offer you time to move while the ball is in the air. Lobs might put you in danger of an aggressive return shot from your opponent since they leave you vulnerable. Add drives, drop shots, and dinks to the mix.

Drop a Third Shot to The Backhand of Your Opponent

Pickleballers frequently drop their third shot, and for a good reason—it works. Drop shots are soft, high shots from deep in the court intended to bounce in the non-volley zone of the opposition. It will prevent your opponent from attacking it and give you time to advance to the NVZ line. Aim it at your opponent’s backhand for even better outcomes if possible.

Dink Down Between Your Rivals

A shot designed to arc slightly over the net and land in the opponent’s non-volley zone is known as a dink. If you pass the ball between your rivals, you’ll maintain it low, and they could advance toward the center of the court, exposing flaws on both sides.

Stay Patient

Exercising patience as a player. Too many players lack this talent when playing pickleball. On the pickleball court, the player who speeds up the ball early frequently loses the point because his or her opponent’s comeback is more effective than the first speed-up. Therefore, it’s crucial to be patient, let the point develop, and only attack the pickleball when the shot is available (for example, when it is at or over the top of the pickleball net). Be tolerant! Attack unattackable pickleball below the net, but only attack attackable pickleball at or above the top of the net.


Pickleball requires both physical and mental talents to play at your best. Pickleball is a sophisticated game, and if you start playing with a strategic mindset, you’ll have more fun—and win more games.