I got to hit last Friday for a total of maybe 10 minutes (no more than 15) for the first time in over 5 months. And it will be the last time for probably at least another few weeks I’m still on the mend from a back injury and could feel the pain creep up on me even after such a short time. Still, this is major progress and I’m thrilled about it. Whenever one is trying to get better at/succeed at, compete and win at something, in this case pickleball, there will be those times that you may be mad about a line call, frustrated with your poor play or upset about any other thing that may be happening on the court. In those moments, please try to remember and celebrate the simple yet important fact that you have the privilege to be out there and the opportunity to have fun at something you love. Smile and enjoy it because it could easily not be so. I will be the first to admit that I have lost sight of this in the past and have on many occasions been carried away by my frustrations and I will make a point to reflect back on this time when I wasn’t even able to step on the court. It was great to get to hit a bit with Jordan and I can’t wait until we get to drill together again. My injury got me thinking about other people’s injuries. And although I wasn’t injured this way one of the most common injuries sustained on the pickleball ball court is when players are moving back incorrectly for an overhead. Because they are moving the wrong way they end up falling backwards and hitting their head which is of course very dangerous. In video for this post above, Jordan is going to cover the absolute worst way to move back for your overheads. As mentioned, it leads to injury but it is also very slow and totally ineffective in covering any ground at all in order to get back for a lob in a reasonable amount of time to be able to make a play on the shot. He’s also cover a few different correct footwork patterns that are not only safer but much more effective. They will allow you to get back faster and take those lobs out of the air much more often. Because who wants to be running all the way back there to chase down a lob right? Lol! Check out the video. It’s a very important one. Get our free 3rd shot course here! –> 3rd Shot Drop Course