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Welcome to 4.0 to pro, the pickleball podcast that focuses on a single shot, tip, or strategy to improve your pickleball game with every single pocket-sized episode. Our goal is to make you better every single time you hear our voices! We are covering in-depth pickleball tips and strategies like serving, returning, drives, 3rd-shot options, dinking, faster hands, and much more! Subscribe to become a better pickleball player! And now your hosts, four point…something, Michael O’Neal, and USA Pickleball Nationals silver medalist, senior pro Scott Fliegelman. For more tips, find us on Instagram at @4.0_to_Pro. If you have a Pickleball question, submit it at http://picklehelp.com. Now get out there and DOMINATE…. but don’t forget to have fun!

Pickleball Tips - 4.0 To Pro, A Pocket-Sized Pickleball Podcast Michael O'Neal & Scott Fliegelman

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    • 4.9 • 264 Ratings

Welcome to 4.0 to pro, the pickleball podcast that focuses on a single shot, tip, or strategy to improve your pickleball game with every single pocket-sized episode. Our goal is to make you better every single time you hear our voices! We are covering in-depth pickleball tips and strategies like serving, returning, drives, 3rd-shot options, dinking, faster hands, and much more! Subscribe to become a better pickleball player! And now your hosts, four point…something, Michael O’Neal, and USA Pickleball Nationals silver medalist, senior pro Scott Fliegelman. For more tips, find us on Instagram at @4.0_to_Pro. If you have a Pickleball question, submit it at http://picklehelp.com. Now get out there and DOMINATE…. but don’t forget to have fun!

    72: Trying Crazy New Things On The Pickleball Court (and Listener Q&A)

    72: Trying Crazy New Things On The Pickleball Court (and Listener Q&A)

    Hey everyone! In this episode of 402p, we dive into a bit of a grab bag with my co-host, Scott Fliegelman. We kick things off with some fun banter and listener engagement, share some exciting personal stories, and then jump into a detailed discussion about evolving pickleball strategies (I talk about a crazy backhand "shield" shot I saw on court ) and techniques. Plus, we answer some questions from our listeners. Tune in for tips on improving reflex speed, dealing with short drops, and mastering the high topspin serve.
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    • 38 min
    71: Making The Jump from 3.5-4.0 (But Lots of Useful Tips For More Advanced Players Too!)

    71: Making The Jump from 3.5-4.0 (But Lots of Useful Tips For More Advanced Players Too!)

    Today we give a few bullets on how to make the jump from 3.5 to 4.0.
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    • 24 min
    (Replay 08) Let's ATTACK! Speed-Ups, Instigations, Attacks, and Defending From The Kitchen

    (Replay 08) Let's ATTACK! Speed-Ups, Instigations, Attacks, and Defending From The Kitchen

    We covered dinking on the last episode, now we get into the fun part! Talking the who, what, when, why, and how to attack (instigate) from the kitchen, and how to defend ourselves against those attacks.
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    • 34 min
    70: The #1 Bang For The Buck Pickleball Drill, Changing Your Grip Mid-Point, & More!

    70: The #1 Bang For The Buck Pickleball Drill, Changing Your Grip Mid-Point, & More!

    Today we answer listener questions about difficult shot execution, verbal cues on the court, and changing grip mid point. Then, how to make the jump from 3.5 to 4.0. Finally, what's the best drill to do when you only have a couple minutes and you want the most bang for your buck?

    00:00 Introduction and Host Greetings
    00:23 Episode Theme and Guest Introduction
    02:41 Listener Questions and Expert Advice
    07:25 Communication Strategies in Pickleball
    14:46 Visualization Techniques for Better Play
    19:35 Improving from 3.5 to 4.0 Skill Level
    26:21 Grip Adjustments and Paddle Positioning
    30:52 Bang for the Buck Drill Sessions
    35:21 Conclusion and Call to Action

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    • 40 min
    (Replay 07) Pickleball DINKING Secrets of the Pros!!

    (Replay 07) Pickleball DINKING Secrets of the Pros!!

    On today's show we are stepping into the kitchen and talking dinking. How should we dink? What are our targets? How can we set ourselves up for success in the kitchen with some strategic dinks? What techniques do the pros use? All of this and more in this ep!
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    • 32 min
    69: (Literal) GAME CHANGER: Master Your Nerves & Your Game With A Ref On The Court.

    69: (Literal) GAME CHANGER: Master Your Nerves & Your Game With A Ref On The Court.

    Today we delve into the nuances of playing pickleball with a referee present. We talk about the additional pressure and dynamics a referee brings to a game. Topics covered include the significance of making prompt and proper outcalls, protocols around serve routines, and foot faults, as well as the importance of establishing a rapport with the referee. Practical advice is given on how to handle incorrect scores and the procedures for challenging line calls. Whether you're moving up the ranks or just looking to refine your game, this episode is packed with advice to help you play your best when there’s a ref on the court.

    00:00 Introduction and Welcome
    00:20 Discussing the APP NYC Event
    00:56 The Role of Referees in Professional Pickleball
    02:56 Strategies for Playing with a Referee
    03:58 Pre-Match Decisions and Strategies
    05:00 Warm-Up and Match Preparation
    11:24 Handling Line Calls and Disputes
    13:03 Serving Rules and Protocols
    17:18 Foot Faults and Common Referee Calls
    20:08 Stacking and Positioning Clarifications
    21:31 Out Calls and Replay Rules
    27:44 Advanced Referee Rules and Tips
    28:26 Conclusion and Farewell
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

Rf23a17 ,

Best pickleball podcast

I don't listen to a ton of podcast, but I got addicted to this one! Never would have thought someone(s) could verbally discuss the different pickleball shots and strategies and they do just that describing it perfectly so you can visualize it as you listen. This has changed my game play quickly. Thank y’all for doing this show. Helping all of us in our league to talk the same language and get on the same page and elevate our games faster than we would have. 😊

Zimmie333 ,

SO helpful!

I started listening to this podcast this winter, in my first week of playing. I was maybe a 3.0 (on a good day), but the information was so helpful in improving my game quickly, and helping me avoid pitfalls and bad habits. I am just about at a 4.0 level now, so it is probably time to start listening again from the beginning.
Thank you Mike and Scott!

DrewB-CO ,

Dare I Say, The Bible?!

I have learned so much from this show. Have a note in my phone of every shot 1-5 with the specific technique(s) to use and the A/B shot selection. Then double that more of strategic insights, how to do (and defend against) one-off shots like overheads and ATPs, plus what is important to watch for in a ritual kitchen exchange that you can instigate into a firefight. If I hear Michael say ‘stable base’ or Scott talk about when to ‘split step’ one more time, I just might scream ;-) But seriously, this is a gold mine of information that WILL make you a better player, and one that is more fun to play with. Thank you gents!

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