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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 • 235 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!

    (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
    (Replay 06) How To Choose A Pickleball Paddle in the Modern Era

    (Replay 06) How To Choose A Pickleball Paddle in the Modern Era

    **NOTE: Since this episode has published, the Gen 3 paddles from Gearbox, Joola, and others have hit the market. So, much of what we talked about can be extrapolated to these new paddles.
    Pickleball Paddle technology has taken huge leaps and bounds in the last 3 years or so. Shots that were previously impossible are now commonplace due to the gritty carbon fiber surfaces that higher end paddles come with. So, how do pros choose their paddles? How do they set them up? What does lead tape do, and where should we put it? All of this and more in this episode.
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    • 22 min
    68: Pickleball FOOT FETISH

    68: Pickleball FOOT FETISH

    Today, we delve into the critical importance of your FEET in pickleball. We kick off with a shoutout to Michael from Jilly Bee's (Jill Braverman) podcast and celebrate their show ranking #23 globally in trending new shows. They emphasize the need for appropriate footwear, the intricacies of footwork for different shots, and drills to improve stability and efficiency on the court. Michael shares his unique warm-up routine involving jump ropes to keep his lower body agile and strong, while Scott recommends a neuro ball for foot health. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your game or simply avoid injuries, this episode is packed with practical advice to help you take care of your most important pickleball asset – your feet!

    00:00 Introduction and Podcast Shoutouts
    01:58 The Importance of Footwork in Pickleball
    04:46 Choosing the Right Footwear
    07:13 Footwork Techniques and Drills
    14:46 Advanced Strategies: Split Steps and Shot Selection
    26:23 Strengthening Your Feet for Pickleball
    28:55 Conclusion and Final Tips
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    • 32 min
    (Replay 05) How To Get Better At Pickleball EVERY Time You Step On The Court

    (Replay 05) How To Get Better At Pickleball EVERY Time You Step On The Court

    Today Senior Pro Scott Fliegelman (@boulderpickleball) and 4-point-something Michael O'Neal (@solohour) talk about how to get better at pickleball every time you play. We talk about what to do when you're solo, what to do with three players, how to choose a coach, great drills, and how to play above and below your current level.

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    • 25 min
    67: Q&A!! Michael's First Senior Pro Win, Instigator Drill, How To Play With A Partner With A Different Style

    67: Q&A!! Michael's First Senior Pro Win, Instigator Drill, How To Play With A Partner With A Different Style

    Today Michael shares his experience from the APP tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York City. Michael recounts playing in various events, including the Humana Cup and senior pro singles and doubles, reflecting on his growth and strategy adjustments, including (spoiler alert) his first senior pro win! The episode also covers drills like the instigator drill, the importance of adapting playing styles, and advice on finding the right paddle, including feedback on the Selkirk Labs 006. Listeners are encouraged to share their experiences and questions for future episodes. 

    00:00 Welcome to 4.0 to Pro: The Pickleball Podcast
    00:09 Recording Under Unique Circumstances
    00:52 Recapping the APP Event in New York City
    01:27 Tournament Experiences and Strategies
    04:17 The Transition from Semi-Pro to Pro
    06:15 Q&A: Adapting to Your Partner's Play Style
    11:21 Drills and Techniques for Improving Your Game
    20:24 Exploring Paddle Options and Strategies
    24:27 Wrapping Up and Final Thoughts
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

PB Evan ,

Best PB Podcast

This is a must listen every week for the pickleball enthusiast. Thoughtful insight and instruction for aspiring higher level pickleball players that want to think about the game and strategize like a pro.

Zel123 ,

Always something good!

I’m not a 4.0 plus, but with the exception of the stacking episodes, I always come out of these with something to work on. Great work guys!

GP jr ,

Brilliant

The focus on one shot makes it so much easier to digest and really learn something. Great pod!

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