Gil Lee’s “Pickleball Pyramid”
The Villages in Central Florida not only has 160 Pickleball courts but an excellent group of individuals helping to teach others the game of Pickleball. One of the instructors is Gil Lee. Gil has an simple dynamic philosophy for playing Pickleball. Gil calls it “The Pickleball Pyramid”. The most important part of the pyramid is the bottom which calls for consistency and control. These two actions create a foundation for playing the game well. With constancy and control established, the Pickleball player can concentrate on the mid-level of the pyramid with is position and shot selection. Knowing where you and your partner need to be on the court in a given situation and which shot to hit will advance your game and Pickleball experience. At the top of the pyramid is power and spin. Gil feels that these two components of the game do not need considerable attention until a player grasps and executes the skills at the bottom and mid-layer of the pyramid.
Gil added a few other tidbits explaining his Pickleball philosophy.
1. BODY: Stay compressed and don’t bob.
2. MIND: Don’t loose points by lack of focus and concentration.
3. PADDLE CONTROL (horizontal plane): So you don’t pop the ball up or hit the ball into the net.
4. PADDLE CONTROL (vertical plane): So you don't hit the ball left or right when you want it to travel straight.
Gil’s pyramid should help any player analyze the state of their Pickleball game.