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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!

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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!

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Replay: 3 The Pickleball Serve - Can It Be Weaponized? How To Serve In Pickleball Effectively

5/15/2024
Today we talk serves! There are multiple things to consider when serving in Pickleball. Alignment, location, serve choice, and much more. In this episode we learn how the pros serve and what they consider before every point. CRBN Pickleball Makers of the best pickleball paddles on the planet. Use Promo Code "402P" at checkout for 10% off. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:56

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65: This CONTROVERSIAL Shot Is Trending in Pickleball! Here's How To Defend It!

5/9/2024
Today Michael O'Neal and Scott Fliegelman discuss the evolving strategy of the FIFTH shot drive in pickleball, moving away from traditional play, towards more aggressive tactics facilitated by advancements in paddle technology. They explore how these changes are affecting the game, including how to effectively use and defend against powerful drives. The discussion also covers the impact of new paddle technologies, like the Gen 3 paddles, contributing to harder hits with less effort and more spin, significantly changing gameplay strategies. Furthermore, they touch on personal experiences and techniques to adapt to and counter this emerging play style, emphasizing the need for recalibration in response to the evolution of pickleball equipment and tactics. The episode also includes a mention of a community support initiative for a fellow player diagnosed with cancer, illustrating the close-knit nature of the pickleball community. 00:00 Welcome to 4.0 to Pro: The Pickleball Podcast 00:36 Shoutout to Montis Pickleball & Personal Updates 01:29 Supporting a Friend in Need: Brent YY's Battle 02:19 Observations from the Court: The Evolution of Pickleball 05:29 The Impact of New Paddle Technology on the Game 07:19 Mastering and Defending Against the New Power Drive 13:57 Defensive Strategies Against High-Power Shots 23:45 Concluding Thoughts and a Call to Action Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:17

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Replay: 2: Mastering The 3rd Shot In Pickleball

5/7/2024
This is a replay of episode 2 for those that may have missed it! Have a listen to refresh your 3rds! Today we are talking 3rd shots! There used to be 1 choice for our 3rd shots....the traditional drop! Because of paddle technology and the evolution of the game, we now have at least 4 options on how to handle our 3rd. Have you mastered all 4? CRBN Pickleball Makers of the best pickleball paddles on the planet. Use Promo Code "402P" at checkout for 10% off. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:28

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64: Try THIS For More Consistency on 3rd Shot DROPS!

5/3/2024
Today we're exploring something we've noticed about Colin Johns and Andrei Daescu's pickleball game. Their drops are WAY higher and flatter than most 4.0 to Pro's. Today we talk the in's and out's of that particular shot, and how you can integrate it with limited penalty and a LOT of upside! Hey, why not grab a t-shirt at http://makeemhit.com? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:35

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REPLAY: 1: How To Play Winning Pickleball Like A Pro

5/1/2024
REPLAY: In this inaugural episode of 4.02P, Michael and Scott cover the basics of overall good pickleball strategy, including return of serve, serving, 3rd shots, and getting to the NVZ (otherwise known as the kitchen!) Please subscribe on whatever podcast platform you prefer, submit any pickleball questions at http://picklehelp.com and follow us on http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro. CRBN Pickleball Makers of the best pickleball paddles on the planet. Use Promo Code "402P" at checkout for 10% off. Spin Shot Ball Machines The most technically advanced pickleball machine on the market! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:02

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63: Mastering The Left Side in Pickleball

4/29/2024
Last week we did right side...today it's left! This episode of the '4.0 to Pro' pickleball podcast, hosted by Michael O' Neal and Scott Fliegelman, delves into strategies and techniques for playing on the left side of the pickleball court. After covering right side play in a previous episode, they switch focus to the left side, discussing responsibilities, shot selection, and partner dynamics. The hosts emphasize the importance of consistent backhand dinks, footwork, and off-ball movement to create pressure and opportunities for points. They also discuss fitness and cross-training to enhance game performance. The episode includes discussions on specific shots like the instigator shot, shake and bake, and introducing the concept of shake and broil for advanced teamwork on the court. The conversation wraps up with advice on improving partner communication and the effectiveness of being more vocal during games. 00:00 Welcome to the Pocket-Sized Pickleball Podcast! 00:26 Diving Into Left Side Play Strategies 01:10 Promo Codes and Pickleball Apparel Chat 03:22 Evolution of Pickleball and Player Dynamics 07:18 Deep Dive: Left Side Player's Role and Techniques 22:23 Advanced Strategies and Partner Dynamics 27:30 Wrapping Up and Next Steps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:56

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62. The DEFINITIVE Right Side Player Playbook in Pickleball!

4/24/2024
Today we chat about Scott Fliegelman's experiences at the U.S. Open in Naples and the NPL draft list announcement, where Fliegelman was the number one pick for the Denver Iconics. Then we discuss various aspects of right-side play, including pre-match alignments, defensive strategies, understanding the 'respect the X' concept, and effectively using the court's dimensions to one's advantage. The episode also provides advice on returning serves, dealing with shake and bake strategies, and the importance of communication and roles clarification between partners. Additionally, the episode touches on upcoming events, personal achievements, and observations from pro matches, illustrating the evolving nature of pickleball tactics at different levels of play. 00:00 Welcome to the Pocket Size Pickleball Podcast! 00:09 Recapping the U.S. Open Experience 01:28 Pickleball Drafts and Upcoming Events 03:13 The Right Side Player: Roles and Strategies 04:49 Advanced Pickleball Techniques and Observations 06:38 Right Side Player Dynamics and Game Plan 31:24 Closing Thoughts and Future Strategies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:23

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61: Chattering on Court, Great Wall Drills, Poaching Basics, and More! The "Lost" Q&A

4/14/2024
Today we talk about coach Scott Fliegelman's experiences and anticipation for the U.S. Open in Naples, Florida, his role as a color commentator for the Split Age Mixed Pro event, and his strategy and hopes for moving up from a bronze medalist position. Michael and Scott discuss the impact of paddle power on the game, sharing insights on selecting paddles for competitive play and the transition to more powerful paddles. They stress the importance of communication in doubles, emphasizing the need to call shots and work as a team to reduce confusion. The episode also covers the effectiveness of wall drills for improving volley games and reactions. Listener questions are addressed throughout, focusing on partner selection, stacking tactics for maximizing strengths, and strategies for poaching shots in doubles play. 00:00 Welcome to the 4.0 to Pro Podcast! 00:11 Scott's Adventures at the U.S. Open 00:35 Color Commentary and Tournament Insights 02:00 Evolving Game: Then and Now 03:34 Listener Q&A: Partner Selection and Gameplay Strategy 12:17 Powerful Paddles: Game Changer or Not? 18:15 Managing Emotions on the Court 21:32 Wall Drills and Improving Your Game Solo 24:48 Effective Communication in Doubles Play 28:54 Poaching Strategy in Doubles 30:47 Wrapping Up and Final Thoughts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:03

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60: Defending The "New School 3rd", Playing with Weaker Players, and MORE of Your Questions!

4/6/2024
Today we discuss topics such as defending against a third shot 'drip', the concept of playing with different skill levels and how it impacts growth, the idea of using heavier paddles for singles, and practical advice for improving balance and shot precision. We also share personal anecdotes and experiences to illustrate key points, including the importance of consistency, court position, and adjusting one's game when playing with weaker partners. Additionally, we touch on evaluating player ratings across different age groups and the nuances of tweaking one's game for advanced play. 00:00 Welcome to the Pickleball Q&A Show! 00:44 Exclusive Promo Code for Pickleball Gear 02:06 Diving into Listener Questions: Strategies and Shots 02:34 Defending the Third Shot Drip: Expert Advice 06:03 Playing with a Weaker Partner: Strategies for Success 10:16 Improving Your Game: Tips and Techniques 11:43 The Forehand and Backhand: Techniques and Tweaks 16:42 Rating Players Across Different Ages 20:44 Playing Against Different Skill Levels: Strategies 29:25 Singles vs. Doubles: Paddle Choices and Play Styles 33:16 Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:47

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59: Breaking Down Pickleball into "A" or "B" Shot Selection, Part 2 (Plus, Get off My Lawn!!)

4/1/2024
Today we share insights on improving shot selection, and strategizing returns based on opponents' weaknesses. We discuss the nuanced decisions players must make regarding serve returns, engaging in dinks, handling lobs, and when to instigate or speed up the game. The episode also covers the significance of playing with appropriate etiquette, especially regarding handling balls that enter other courts. Listener engagement is encouraged through promo codes for CRBN pickleball gear and a heads-up about upcoming Spotify ads to support the show. 00:00 Welcome to the 402p Podcast! 00:17 The Meditative Power of Pickleball Practice 00:59 Housekeeping: Gear Discounts and Spotify Adoption 01:46 Diving Deep into Pickleball Strategy: The A B Episode Part 2 02:28 Mastering the Return Game: Strategies and Scenarios 12:57 Navigating the Non-Volley Zone: Blocking and Dinking Dynamics 26:55 Etiquette on the Court: Handling 'Ball on Court' Situations 34:25 Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:43

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58: SIMPLIFYING Pickleball into Two Choices: A, or B (Part 1)

3/25/2024
Today we introduce the concept of choosing between option A and B in various situations to enhance consistency in the game, discussing tactics for serving, transitioning from the service line to the non-volley zone (kitchen), and engaging in rallies. 00:00 Welcome to the Pocket Size Pickleball Podcast! 00:25 Spring Break and Pickleball Tournaments: A Personal Tale 02:35 Diving Deep into Pickleball Strategy: The A or B Choice 04:07 Mastering the Serve in Pickleball 09:12 Navigating the Transition Zone: Strategic Choices 13:47 The Art of the Dink: Advanced Strategies 17:57 Evaluating Your Game: When to Take Risks 20:54 Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:40

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57: How To Choose The Right Pickleball Coach

3/25/2024
Today we discuss various aspects of coaching, including the importance of setting goals, understanding coaching styles, and evaluating a coach's compatibility with your learning style. We offer practical advice on how to identify a coach who can cater to your specific needs, whether through one-on-one sessions, remote coaching, or group settings. Insights on being coachable, gauging a coach's experience, and leveraging technology for coaching are also shared, alongside personal anecdotes and tips for both coaches and students striving for improvement in pickleball. 00:00 Welcome to 402p 00:48 Shoutouts and Community Love 02:43 The Quest for the Perfect Pickleball Coach 05:18 Understanding Coaching Styles and Finding the Right Fit 07:30 The Importance of a Coach's Experience and Adaptability 13:48 Exploring Different Coaching Methods and Their Impact 20:29 The Role of Technology in Coaching and Defining Success 23:07 The Value of Being Coachable and Concluding Thoughts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:20

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56: Paddle Speed…The Secret Sauce of More Pickleball Topspin

3/25/2024
Today we've got a bit of a "nuanced" show, that definitely leans a bit more towards the latter area of 4.0...think "4.75 and above", but it's something that you should definitely target and practice to get the correct shape on the ball that we're looking for! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:04

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WIll He Get Drafted? Michael Shares His NPL Combine Experience!

3/5/2024
On today's show, Michael shares his NPL Combine experience. Time will tell if he gets drafted or not! Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:34

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55: Listener Q&A - 2 Handed Backhands, Lob Strategies, Right Side Player Tips!

3/2/2024
In this episode of the 4.0 to Pro pickleball podcast, hosts Michael O'Neal and Scott Fliegelman answer listener questions from their respective locations in Boca Raton and Naples, Florida. The discussion revolved mainly around strategies for winning in pickleball including mastering the right side, adopting a two-handed backhand, and effective tactics for dealing with lobs. Tips were also given on moving and positioning on court, as well as defensive strategies. They also briefly mentioned about an upcoming National Pickleball League tryout event.00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:41 Shout Outs and Upcoming Events01:08 Pickleball Strategy: Drop Shots vs Drive Shots03:04 Adding a Two-Handed Backhand to Your Game08:19 Keys to Being a Good Right Side Player11:57 Handling Lobs in Mixed Doubles14:37 Wrap Up and Goodbyes Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:57

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54: The ATP! One of The Most Fun Shots In Pickleball!

2/23/2024
Today we talk about the Around the Post (ATP) shot in pickleball. We provide tips on how to execute the shot, defend against it and when to use it. We discuss the importance of patience in executing the shot, positioning of partners and target areas for the shot. also, we talk about practicing the ATP shot, comparison of one handed and two handed backhands, and ATP in situations like the fourth shot scenario.00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:27 Sponsor Shoutouts and Player Highlights01:44 Unveiling the Mystery of ATPs02:18 The Transition from Racquetball to Pickleball04:06 Recognizing and Setting Up ATPs06:54 The Importance of Patience in ATPs09:00 The Evolution of ATPs as You Progress10:21 The Role of the Partner in ATPs12:23 The Art of ATP Defense15:07 The Challenges of ATPs for Tennis Players19:13 The Bailout Plan: What to Do When ATPs Aren't Possible20:12 Practicing ATPs and Closing Remarks Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:46

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53: 4.0 to Pro: 1 Year Anniversary, Tournament Breakdown and Training Insights

2/17/2024
In this episode, hosts Michael O'Neal and Scott Fliegelman celebrate one year of the pod, They share insights from their recent experiences participating in the senior pro tour. Michael discusses his performance and the importance of refining mental acuity for the game, as well as the importance of finding the right doubles partner. Scott, on the other hand, talks about the value of in-game adjustments, balancing power and soft game strategies, and the crucial role of service in his singles performance. He also highlights the mental and physical demand of playing several matches, as well as the joy of competing.0:00 scott00:49 Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:00

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52: Mastering The Slice Return in Pickleball

2/10/2024
In this episode of '4.0 to Pro', we share strategies on handling a slice return serve. They help you navigate through options A and B which involve a deep impactful serve or a traditional third shot drop. The hosts also present an alternative 'option C' for when these strategies prove difficult, which is to play a conservative medium-paced line drive prompting the opponent to volley with more difficulty. An 'option D' is also proposed which involves utilizing serve location strategies to disarm an opponent's best slice return. The hosts further stress recognition of slice spins early in play and practicing serve location accuracy.00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:30 Upcoming Pro Tour and New Partners01:20 Importance of Eye Protection in Pickleball02:21 Handling Slice Return of Serve03:34 Exploring Options A and B06:20 Understanding the Impact of Slice on the Ball10:05 Introducing Option C18:52 The Importance of Serve Practice21:27 Summing Up and Conclusion Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:57

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51: SECRET SAUCE: Pro Level TARGETING With Every Shot You Hit

2/3/2024
"Intentionality" - Hitting every shot on the pickleball court with a target and with an intention. This is one of the "super hidden secrets" of the pros...they don't hit a ball that isn't specific and targeted. This episode will MASSIVELY simplify the game for you. Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:43

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50: BREAKING! Try the Hydra Defense™ To Win More Points!!

1/26/2024
Today we introduce the Hydra Defense™, an original strategy for guarding against cross-court speed ups. We analyze different defensive methods for pickleball players on the left and right side of the court, adopting a forehand or backhand 'shield' depending on their position and the context of the game. We also provide insights about paddle positioning, stance and visualization techniques during the game. Let's "beta test" this together...we'd love to hear your feedback. 00:00 Introduction and Welcome00:31 Promoting the Podcast and New Carbon Pivot Glasses02:27 Discussion on http://makeemhit.com Pickleball Apparel and Merchandise03:22 Introduction to the Hydra Defense Strategy03:30 Analyzing the Hydra Defense in Action04:30 Exploring the Hydra Defense in Detail05:34 Defending Against Cross Court Speed Ups06:28 Implementing the Hydra Defense in Gameplay08:42 Adjusting the Hydra Defense for Different Scenarios11:12 Practicing the Hydra Defense23:28 Final Thoughts and Wrap Up Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/4.0_to_Pro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:19