Capital Area Pickleball Association
Serving Dane County Wisconsin

Change Your Game with the Seasons

26 Jun 2023 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Summer is officially here and balls across the nation are...soft. Hot temps = soft plastic = slow balls.

Don't be surprised if your Ferrari forehand drive starts looking more like a Prius, your overheads don’t end the point, and rallies last longer than an episode of Succession.

What can you do about it?

Sorry bangers, but it's soft game season. Stop trying to crush drives through your opponent. Button up your third shot drop and embrace peak consistency.

It's also a great time to work on defense. Resets are a breeze with a softer ball. You have more time to react and the ball is easier to control coming off your paddle.

The effects of a soft ball are even more noticeable on the bounce. The overheads you could never return should look less intimidating in hot weather.

Don't give up if you leave a ball high. Let their smash bounce and watch it slow down dramatically after it hits the ground.

Like it or not, it's time to adjust to warmer weather. Don't throw out your shoulder trying to find more power. Embrace the summer vibes and slow things down a little.

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