Pros and Cons of Switching Hands in Pickleball

The pros and cons of switching hands in picklelball

Is it okay to switch hands in pickleball? The short answer is “yes,” but the long answer has a bit of nuance. It’s legal to switch or change hands in pickleball, even during play, but many players (recreational and pros) don’t attempt to do this.

Read on to learn about the benefits and disadvantages of switching hands, including when to use this technique. (And see how one of the best pros does it well.)

Full Guide: How to Score in Pickleball

Pickleball Crew's full guide on How to Score In Pickleball

In pickleball you can only score points on the serve. (The receiving side cannot score a point.) At the start of every serve the person serving will shout out three numbers in doubles (e.g. “5-2-1”) or two numbers in single play. If it’s doubles, the game starts with player on the right side (or even court) will serve to the play who is opposite diagonally. Service then moves to the left side (or odd court).

Learn How to Master Good Dinks

Learn the best ways on how to dink and master good dinks

A dink is a soft pickleball shot that you hit from around your kitchen (the non-volley zone line) that lands inside your opponent’s kitchen. A good, effective dink will arc downward when it crosses the net, which makes it a harder shot for your opponent to return.