Stacie Townsend was introduced to pickleball by her parents about two years ago and has never looked back. A 20-year veteran of softball, who played for Great Britain, the professional athlete was taken in by the physical aspects of pickleball as well as the mental demands. And, like anyone focused on personal betterment in athletics, Townsend sought out a coach and found one in Steve Kennedy. Together, they improved her game—and then she had an idea. Why not make what she’s learning from Kennedy available to everyone? So that’s exactly what she did.
Townsend’s “My Pro Pickleball Coach with Coach Steve Kennedy: Everything You Need to Know to Play Your Best Pickleball and to Play Winning Pickleball” is a video course comprised of 144 lessons with more than 7 hours of instruction from Kennedy.
“The video lessons cover the various pickleball strokes, strategies, fundamentals and drills, which are broken down into 3- to 6-minute segments so you really understand each lesson,” Townsend says. “For example, there are about 10 different videos on drop shots—each one focusing on a specific drop shot skill or strategy. The video lessons are short, organized, and designed to encompass a lesson you can work on for the day to improve your pickleball game.”
Pickler’s self-guided tutorial also comes with a 394-page e-book (with photos) that tracks the video lessons and gives players another way to absorb the material. The video lessons, which can be found on Pickler’s website (www.thepickler.com), cover pickleball mechanics, fundamentals, drills, skills and strategies—practically everything you could encounter on the pickleball court and how to deal with it successfully.
“Knowing great coaches is something I benefited from in my life as a softball player, and I was lucky I found Steve Kennedy in my life as a pickleball player,” Townsend says. “He’s a great coach and my game has improved tremendously, despite having no background in racquet sports. Coach Steve is the real deal. Making his teachings available to everyone is invaluable because people fall in love with the sport and they don’t know how to find a good coach and really improve. This is why we teamed up with Coach Steve—to make the best pickleball lessons and knowledge accessible.”
Townsend says her target audience is any pickleball player who wants to improve his or her pickleball game. Anyone—a beginner, intermediate or advanced player—can improve their game with Pickler’s video lessons.
On the mental rigors of the game, Townsend offers “The Pickleball Mental Edge: Learnings from Pickleball Pros and Pickleball Enthusiasts to Improve Your Pickleball Mental Game.” This 40-page e-book is a quick read, and deals with the more cerebral aspects of the game she’s learned as a professional athlete. “The mental game can be just as important as the physical game,” she explains. “This book offers ideas on how to stay tough and be in the moment so you can better handle the pressures on the court.”
For more information on “My Pro Pickleball Coach with Coach Steve Kennedy: Everything You Need to Know to Play Your Best Pickleball and to Play Winning Pickleball,” $134.95, and “The Pickleball Mental Edge: Learnings from Pickleball Pros and Pickleball Enthusiasts to Improve Your Pickleball Mental Game” e-book, $3.95, visit www.thepickler.com to order today!