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Learn how to play pickleball with our comprehensive guides! These walkthroughs teach the basics of pickleball, including important rules, keeping score in both singles and doubles, and how to hold your paddle.

These guides will also teach the basic shots of pickleball including the serve, return of serve, drop, dink, and more. After reading, you'll be equipped with expertise and tips so you can step onto the court with confidence.

Rules and Keeping Score

Black pickleball paddle and yellow pickleball positioned at the corner of a blue pickleball court.

Rules of Pickleball

Learn the basic rules of pickleball, including how points are won, serving sequence, and the double bounce rule.

Four female pickleball players tapping paddles and displaying good sportsmanship at the net after completing a game of doubles.

How to Keep Score

Learn how to keep score in pickleball. Discover the differences between keeping score in singles and doubles.

Holding a Pickleball Paddle

Female pickleball player wearing a dark, long-sleeve top hitting a soft forehand volley while positioned near the net.

Grip Techniques

Learn how to hold a pickleball paddle with basic and advanced grip techniques for the forehand and backhand side.

Basic Shots and Techniques

Female pickleball player wearing a pink top and white hat serving the ball in a game of doubles.

Serve

Learn the basics of serving in pickleball, including proper technique, rules, and the different types of serves.

Male pickleball player wearing a gray top preparing to return serve in a game of doubles as the ball travels over the net. His female doubles partner stands at the kitchen line on the right side of the court.

Return of Serve

Learn the basics of returning serve in pickleball, including proper technique, winning strategies, and other tips.

Female pickleball player wearing a dark, long-sleeve top hitting a soft backhand drop shot in a game of doubles.

Drop

Learn the basics of executing a drop in pickleball, including proper technique and the third shot drop strategy.

Female pickleball player wearing a dark pink, long-sleeve top hitting a soft backhand dink shot in the kitchen during a game of doubles.

Dink

Learn the basics of dinking in pickleball, including proper technique, straight-ahead vs cross-court dinks, and more.

Male pickleball player wearing a white top hitting a forehand drive in a game of doubles.

Forehand

Learn the basics of the pickleball forehand drive, including proper technique, when to use it, and other tips.

Female pickleball player wearing a pink top and white hat hitting a two-handed backhand drive in a game of doubles.

Backhand

Learn the basics of the pickleball backhand drive, including proper technique, when to use it, and other tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our comprehensive pickleball guides teach you the basics of how to play pickleball. We cover basic rules and strategies for beginners, as well as specialized walkthroughs for the serve, drop, dink, and other pickleball shots. In each instructional guide, we explain what the shot is, when to use it, proper grip technique, and key shot mechanics.

Absolutely not! While our guides are beginner-friendly, these resources are for pickleball players of all skills levels. Our comprehensive walkthroughs can help even experienced players discover new strategies and refine their technique.

Yes! Depending on your experience and skill level, our instructional guides will help you become a better pickleball player. Proper technique and strategy are essential for winning in pickleball. Our comprehensive walkthroughs cover the basic technique behind the most important shots in pickleball.

We're always working on refining our library of pickleball guides and walkthroughs. If you're looking for more information on pickleball shots like the overhead, ATP, and more, hang tight! They are on the way.

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