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Want to improve at pickleball?

Develop your skills, strategy, & mindset in 30 days or less with this FREE guide.  

Elevate Your Game in
5 Essential Areas

Improve Your Skills

Discover the skills, drills, and exercises you need to improve your performance and level up your game.

Manage Your Mindset

Learn how to manage your mindset, leverage your thinking, and improve your game with strategy. 

Develop Your Doubles Strategy

Playing with other people is an essential part of pickleball. We’ll help you excel at this part.

Find the Best Gear for You

We’ll review gear and make recommendations you can count on to level up your game.

Stay Strong & Healthy

We’ll share the best facts on nutrition and exercises to keep you playing longer.

BONUS: Get Secrets from the Pros

Learn the best insider secrets from pickleball professionals and the top strategists around.

How to Defend Against Pickleball Spin in 5 Easy Steps

How to Defend Against Pickleball Spin in 5 Easy Steps

In pickleball there’s nothing worse than when your opponent returns your serve with backspin and you dump it into the net.

If you don’t know how to defend pickleball spin, it can be frustrating and feel impossible to win points.

Today we’re going to cover how to hit third shot drops when your opponent hits a backspin and we’ll break it down into simple steps so that you can return that slice, hit better third shot drops, and get to the net every time with confidence.

Pickleball Tip | 1 Skill that Separates Good Players from Great Ones

Pickleball Tip | 1 Skill that Separates Good Players from Great Ones

There are many important pickleball skills but there is one pickleball tip in particular that separates good players from great ones. This skill is transitioning from the baseline to the non volley zone. It may sound simple, but this is critical because the majority of points are won at the net, and if you can’t get to the net, you can’t win.

Today we’re going to cover the pickleball skill you need to master the transition zone so you can stay calm, get to the net with confidence, and win more points.

hi, I’m Adam

I’m a certified instructor with the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA) and chances are I’m a lot like you—a pickleball player who wants to improve.

High Five Pickleball is a resource designed to help you take the guesswork out of your game so you can maximize your time on the court, have more fun, and get better faster. I’ll do this through weekly blog posts, videos, and social media.

With High Five Pickleball, it’s my goal to help you cultivate your confidence, develop your strategy, and build a strong foundation of skills, techniques, and practices without all the unnecessary trial and error. 

Adam is such an asset to the pickleball community on so many levels! His patient, kind, & humble demeanor along with his knowledge & organization make for a winning combination. Anyone who gets the opportunity to play with and learn from Adam Richards will benefit and be glad they did!

– Stephanie Lane,
Multi-Time USAPA National Champion & PaddleTek Senior Pro