Tyler Loong - @tylerloong
Detailed instructional outline by @PickleballPhil
I have to say that Catherine’s drills were awesome and definitely beneficial! I loved being able to use a small space to really get a good workout in and can see myself using those, as well as Megan’s drills in the future! Remember that as you are doing this pay attention to when you are doing it. Be consistent and make it happen during a routine that you already have built into your day!
1. What are we doing
Setting aside ANOTHER 19 minutes to complete ANOTHER awesome challenge! We do this in order to grow together as a community and build habits that are going to keep us moving forward towards our ultimate goals! Today @tylerloong is going to take us through 4 awesome drills that are focused on explosiveness and getting from the baseline to the kitchen, as well as an AWESOME eye-hand coordination drill that I am SO excited to try and will definitely be doing this one one frequently!
2. Why it works
Remember your brain is hardwired to function within routine and habits. Try to do your drills at the same time in your routine! @tylerloong has you simulating the explosive moment after you have hit a great third shot drop, or your partner has and you are getting up to the net. I also love the real time having to react to the ball when you don’t know where it is going to come from. What a great way to anticipate and really increase your eye-hand coordination and speed!
3. How it relates to pickleball
In pickleball, the main goal is to neutralize the other team’s advantage over you! One of the main ways this happens is through getting to the kitchen line quickly. After a great third shot drop you need to get to the kitchen and that explosiveness is so valuable in this moment. One of the hardest parts for me is when I am playing someone new and I don’t know their tendencies. This drill with the ball is SO GOOD for you having to react instead of guessing!
4. Outline & Demonstration
- T-drill - intervals of just one (this is good to focus on speed over endurance)
- V-drill - sprint to the corners and back to the center
- Jump roping - specifically single leg jumping, (I’m going to do 1 minute each foot)
- Reaction and volley drill with a partner
- turn around and don’t run backward
- slower speed in order to adjust for the difficulty of the drill
- hopping on one foot instead of a jump rope. Putting your hand on a counter while hopping to keep balance.
- throw from right hand to the left if you are all by yourself and can’t get someone to do it with you! **
Dimensions for a court are as follows:
Make your own pickleball court in your garage, or in the driveway. If you need to shorten the length of the drill and be excited for when you can get out on a pickleball court to practice this drill!
5. Go & Do - Return & Report
Review how this fits in your day, ALWAYS! Sometimes it takes multiple times of your routine to find out what you are willing to do consistently. Now, reply to this post and put your proof you completed the challenge! This is a GREAT video challenge for all of us to do that will help us improve our lives and ultimately work together towards a greater goal!