When I first started playing pickleball, like many, I was your classic “banger”. I had no idea what I was doing. I’d just wind up and rip it straight up the middle of the court. That worked for quite a while until I ran into some 4.0 and higher players. I was abruptly introduced to the “soft game”. They toyed with us. It was a humbling experience. I learned a lot that day about dinks, drops and resets. It was certainly eye opening and I became aware of a whole new set of skills. It became clear to me that these skills are at the core of winning pickleball. I also understood why “soft game” skills are more advanced and can be a hurdle for many to overcome. You see, it is FAR easier to hit a ball back at the same pace or faster than that at which it came in… …than it is to absorb pace from the ball, slow it down, and still manage to place it where you want. Luckily for me, once I knew to do, I was able to do it reasonably well thanks to my tennis background. In the video at the top of this post we’re going to cover the #1 Skill you need to Beat Bangers. As mentioned above, that skill is soft hands and the ability to slow the game down by taking pace off the ball. You need to develop the ability to drop the ball in the kitchen when receiving a hard drive. This is easier said than done which is why it’s something you need to drill over time to master. You will also need to keep drilling this skill in order to keep it sharp. Reasonably well isn’t good enough though if you want to play with the big dogs and this drill is one of the main drills I did for weeks on end to work on my soft game. Give it a try and watch your “soft game” skills improve! Check it out above. Get our free 3rd shot course here! –> 3rd Shot Drop Course