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How to Hit the Ball Hard in Pickleball

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Before you compete in a pickleball game, it is best to master your third shot, dinks and other shots, after which, you will start adding some power moves. It may not be the right play in pickleball to hit the ball hard all the time. That is why the game is all about leveling for any gender, age or skill level.

That is why most players love the game. There is a time, though, where it is essential to hit the ball hard. Below are three tips and suggestions for tapping into your power swing to hit the ball harder.

Finding the Appropriate Paddle

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If you want to it the ball hard, it is best to get the right paddle. The paddle could make a lot of difference in this instance. When the paddle is heavier and has a hard surface, then that is when you will get all the power from it to hit hard.

If the paddle is lighter, you will have more control, but you will hit less hard. Most paddles will usually weight up to 8.5 ounces. If you find that your paddle is not giving you the power to hit hard, it is time to check the weight of the paddle.

You could think about using a little heavier paddle that weighs about 9 ounces. However, try not to go over the 9 ounces. It will adversely affect your game, especially if you have to play multiple games.

In other words, a heavier paddle could make your arms get tired quickly.

The Construction

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Consider making sure that the paddle is constructed with carbon fiber or fiberglass material. This keeps the weight down and offers a pop from the paddle while playing. Make sure the core of the paddle is honeycomb because of its innovative design and ability to give you maximum power without adding weight.

There also has to be grit on the surface of the paddle. To know if it has grit, run your hand on the surface. It should not be too smooth on your hands, or you won’t be able to put that spin on the ball.

The surface of the paddle should be a little rough instead, not necessarily like sandpaper, but ample grit so you can grip the ball ever so slightly.

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The Top Spin

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A good paddle allows the player to put a top spin on the ball while rotating it. How do you achieve this? Snap your wrist as you hit the ball.

This allows y to drive the pickleball down while it is spinning. You get to hit the ball harder while forcing the ball on the opponent. Therefore, the ball does not go deep nor away from the court.

To practice this drill, get a few balls and position yourself in the transition zone on the court. Throw the ball a little ahead of you and then use the paddle to hit the ball like you are hitting with your normal forehand. As the paddle makes contact with the ball, snap your wrist quickly.

Now, you will get to see where the ball lands and then make adjustments. Practice as much as you can.

The Adjustments

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You should learn how to hit the ball harder and when to pull back. That is the secret. Know when to draw back from hitting the ball too hard.

Like tennis, hit the ball down the line using a top spin to confuse your opponent. If you find yourself at the kitchen line and you get a ball from the opponent that pops up and does not bounce by your feet, this is the ideal time to return a power shot. Be comfortable with your spin and continue to practice your swing.