Let It Go to Focus on the Next Pickleball Point

While you can't change the past, you can adapt to the present and future

Let It Go to Focus on the Next Pickleball Point

Let It Go to Focus on the Next Pickleball Point

Many things cause pickleball players to lose their focus and dwell on the past during pickleball matches including, but not limited to:

  • the outcome of the last rally

  • the outcome or quality of last shot they made

  • a decision or action made by their partner

  • misunderstanding or disagreement as to court positioning or whose ball it is

  • distractions on the sidelines by people walking, talking, music, etc.

  • inadvertent or intentional bad line calls by the opponents (and upheld by the ref who didn't see it)

  • opponents challenging your team's line calls

  • unsportsmanlike conduct by the opposing team

  • etc.

In order to be fully present during this pickleball point, we must learn to let things go that we cannot change. And, we all know that we cannot change the past.

Many competitive athletes in all kinds of sports seek to gain the upper hand by getting into their opponents heads. So, whatever you do, remain calm, focused and continue to work together as a cohesive team.

As an example, smart competitors will test your ability to communicate and cooperate by sending balls down the middle early in the game - when you're at the baseline and when you're at the net. If they sense that this placement is discombobulating to your partnership, they're going to do their best to fully exploit the situation. The last thing we want to do is make it easy for them to get ahead - like visibly arguing or blaming.

So, it is on you to learn to let things go and place your focus on what is within your power so that you can continue to play smart pickleball - even if the points are ugly, unconventional or surprising.

With your regular partner, you'll be able to find a time later to discuss strategies and set plays or to drill on shots and placement.

But in this game, right now, you need to remain focused, flexible and agile to figure out how to beat these particular opponents. After all, what works with one set of opponents will not necessarily work with another set of opponents. And, what works with playing with one pickleball partner will not necessarily work with another pickleball partner.

Signs of rigid thinking in pickleball includes refusing to adapt your game, continuing to try the same things expecting different results and being unwilling to collaborate as a team around strategy. When one person takes a position of superiority, the partnership is likely compromised for the day.

We'll say it a different way...

To come out ahead, even if it's uncomfortable or inconvenient, you must:

  • keep the lines of communication open

  • set your ego aside to be genuinely respectful and supportive of your partner

  • be mindful of lifting up your partner and the energy on your side of the court

  • be agile in your thinking

  • stay focused on the end game

to tackle what's in front of you right now.

In closing...

Since we live in a world where "people are often wrong, but never in doubt," we need to release attachment to the past in order to thrive in the future.

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