Are you a Banger or a Power Player?

Are you a Banger or a Power Player?

June 19, 2018 0 Comments

I was playing doubles recently and had a match against a couple former tennis players new to pickleball.  I’ve shared some stats about the tennis to pickleball migration on our Instagram account and how great it is to see firsthand.

Our opponents as former tennis players were used to driving the ball but didn’t have much experience with the soft game.

“Dinking?  What is that?”

Not being one to give unsolicited advice, I let them play using their banger or slammer techniques.

What do you do when playing against a banger?

  1. Get to the kitchen line, keep your knees bent
  2. Have your paddle up, flat and still
  3. Keep your paddle head above your wrist and elbow down
  4. Use your paddle to block their shot or punch it back to their side

Check out our Drop Shot and Dinking course here where we show how to play against bangers

What else can you do?

  1. Hit a soft or lob serve
  2. Use your drop shot to place the ball in their kitchen
  3. Practice your volleys with a partner
  4. Make them run all over the court by mixing in lob and dink shots!

So, are you a banger?  Or are you a power player?


  • Primarily hits the ball hard
  • Doesn’t hit drop shots
  • They don’t mix up the speed of their shots
  • Doesn’t like to dink
  • They hit it hard because the strategy works

Power players

  • Adjusts their shots during a game
  • Understands they need to vary their shots based on their opponent or where they are on the court
  • Uses topspin when volleying
  • Uses soft shots to keep their opponent honest

Check out our Drop Shot and Dinking course here where we show how to play against bangers

Feel free to forward this email to a friend.

Talk soon,


© Quick Pickle 2018


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