For the longest time, the "best practice" in pickleball was to hit a drop shot on a third shot. This video (click here) shows you the evolution of a point where the third shot is dropped over the net into the "kitchen" or "non-volley zone".
And then a Mom/Daughter duo changed the game ... applying what is called a "third shot drive" paired with a "shake and bake" where the partner aggressively attacks on a fifth shot. Watch this video for an example.
When you play tournaments here in The Valley, you'll see how the Mom/Daughter duo changed the game.
- Players 60 years old and older play a style that relies on the third shot drop.
- Players 59 years and under play a style that generally relies upon the third shot drive paired with a shake-and-bake.
- I can't tell you how many meeting rooms I've been in where a fifty-something leader squelches the creativity of the 31 year old marketer.