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The 8 benefits of pickleball drills at the Paseo Club

March 27th, 2024 | 4 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

Are you one of the many Santa Clarita locals who have been bitten by the pickleball bug? The pickleball department at the Paseo Club is growing exponentially, and new players are joining every week.

You are likely learning a lot by showing up at drop-in or playing with new friends when you reserve a court. But you are missing out if you haven’t yet joined a drill led by one of our skilled and knowledgeable instructors.  

There are several ways to get involved in pickleball at the Paseo Club. One of the best ways is to join a drill. Drills can help you learn the rules better, improve your skills, and introduce you to other players who are at a similar experience level. 

The Paseo Club is a social club in the Santa Clarita Valley. The club has been supporting members in being active and healthy for twenty years. We have a full-service pickleball department with eleven pickleball courts available every day of the week.

In this article, you will learn what a pickleball drill is, the benefits of joining a drill, how much it costs, and how to sign up.

comp_IMG-8002What is a pickleball drill?

A pickleball drill is a group class that focuses on techniques, positioning, and strategy. The intent is to teach anything that helps players to improve their skills. 

Pickleball department director Tyler Shaffer likes to say, “Gain tools. Sharpen the tools.” This motto speaks to helping players learn the game and the importance of always striving to be better. 

What are the 8 benefits of joining a pickleball drill at the Paseo Club? 

1. Improving skills

The number one reason to sign up for a drill is to improve your skills. Create muscle memory for each skill set — dinking, volleying, resets, topspin, slice, deep serves, lobs from the kitchen, third shot drops, and drives. Your instructor can help guide you to move with power and precision. 

2. Learn concepts about play

Pickleball drills will teach you more nuanced concepts about how to play, such as why to move or hit the ball in certain ways. This attention to detail can take you from a beginner to an intermediate player, but it requires the expertise of a coach to teach you these particular points of the game.

comp_IMG-80193. Move safely  

Although pickleball is not a high-risk sport like football or soccer, people do get injured while playing the game. Many strains and sprains on the court come from improper warm-up and mobilization. Learning how to move safely will help you be a more effective player and prevent injuries.

4. Learn rules

Pickleball has many rules to learn — and the rules continue to evolve. Each year the official USA Pickleball rule book is updated. Pickleball coaches stay abreast of the current rules — and they will help you do the same!

5. Prepare for tournaments

If you are looking to attend some local comps, then joining a drill is a great way to improve skills and practice transferring those skills into live ball. Drills will get you thinking on your toes and ready for rapid execution. 

IMG-79996. Meet players and build a community 

Whether you are watching a game, waiting your turn to join, playing on the court, or meeting others at a drill, pickleball is inherently a social game. Pickleball, maybe more than any other sport, is famous for welcoming new players and being community-minded. Drills are a great way to get to know other players and plan meetups for future games. 

7. Court etiquette 

Learning pickleball isn’t just about technique and rules. There is a prescribed etiquette about proper play — with your partner, opponent, and the people playing on neighboring courts. If you don’t know what to call out when the ball rolls on the court beside you, then come to a drill to learn best practices to keep your game challenging, fun, and respectful. 

8. Personalized attention

The Paseo Club’s pickleball drills have one instructor to four to eight students per class. That low teacher-to-student ratio means the instructor can track each student and give everyone custom feedback.

Stretching_cropped_CompressedIMG_9619 - EditedWhat are the pickleball drills at the Paseo Club? 

There are several drills to choose from from beginner to level 3.5. If you are interested in attending your first pickleball drill, contact Pickleball Director Tyler Shaffer to discuss which is the best drill for you. 

Adult Starters Pickleball

Beginner players are welcome to learn the basics of pickleball, how to build a strong foundation, keep score, and have fun.

Instructors: Coach Tyler, Coach Chris, and Coach Beth
When: Mondays 5-6 pm, Thursdays 9-10 am, Fridays 6-7 pm
Level: Beginners (2.0)

Advanced Beginners Pickleball

Have you graduated from the Paseo Club's Adult Starters class and are looking for the next step? This is the drill for you! Take your game to the NEXT level!

Instructor: Coach Beth
When: Mondays 9-10 am
Level: 2.5

cropped and compressed EditedLevel 3.0 Live Ball Pickleball

Join Coach Tyler for an engaging group fitness program featuring the heart-pumping effects of pickleball drills, games, and skills — the ultimate full-body and calorie-burning aerobic/anaerobic workout with fun music in the background!

Instructor: Coach Tyler
When: Mondays 6-7 pm
Level: 3.0

Drill Class 3.0 Pickleball

Join Coach Tyler for an engaging group pickleball drill that focuses on collecting the tools you need to further your game. Strengthen your shot selection, serves, returns, positioning, drops, drives, dinks, and more! 

Instructor: Coach Tyler
When: Tuesdays 6-7 pm, Wednesdays 5-6 pm, and Thursdays 8-9 am
Level: 3.0

3.5 Live Ball Pickleball

Join Coach Chris for an engaging group fitness program featuring the heart-pumping effects of advanced pickleball drills, games, and skills — the ultimate full-body and calorie-burning aerobic/anaerobic workout with fun music in the background!

Instructor: Coach Chris
When: Fridays 5-6 pm
Level: 3.5

Comp_LAFirefighter_Pickleball4Drill Class 3.5 Pickleball

Join two awesome coaches — Chris and Tyler — for an engaging group pickleball drill that focuses on sharpening the tools you have and learning what you need to get to the next level. Finesse your shot selection, fast hands, positioning, 3rd shot drops, resets, drives, cross-court dinks, and more! 

Instructor: Coach Tyler and Coach Chris
When: Tuesdays 5-6 pm and Mondays 5-6 pm
Level: 3.5

The cost of pickleball drills

Small group fitness classes, tennis drills, and pickleball drills are all additional services the Paseo Club offers its members. The pricing is as follows. 

  • Single Class - $22
  • 5-pack for $100 ($20 per class)
  • 10-pack for $180 ($18 per class)
  • 20-pack for $300 ($15 per class)

compressedJoining your first pickleball drill at the Paseo Club

Joining a pickleball drill for the first time (or second or third!) is one of the most effective ways to improve your game. It is also a rewarding way to meet other players and expand your pickleball community.

Paseo Club members can now take advantage of an amazing starter package. If you are new to pickleball, Coach Tyler will give you three free passes (a $66 value) for pickleball drills. You must contact Tyler to receive this package.

Pickleball is just one of dozens of ways you can enjoy the Paseo Club. Play tennis, swim, attend one of our 60+ fitness classes, or simply grab a bite and lounge at the cafe and clubhouse.

Let the Paseo Club be your home away from home. Schedule a tour of the club to learn about membership and all our services and amenities. We can’t wait to see you! 

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Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!