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A fit senior woman in blue tights uses her fitness to lunge into position to use a forehand shot as part of pickleball strategy.

The internet is full of articles and videos on pickleball strategy.

Topics include shot selection, shot placement, court positioning, communication for doubles matches and so on. 

Lobs, dinks, volleys, smashes—they’re all important. So are serving, respecting the kitchen line and targeting an opponent’s weakness. 

But what if you’re too tired to get to a well-placed volley at the end of a rally? Or what if you avoid smashes because of shoulder pain? What if you know exactly where to place a perfect shot, but you can’t quickly lunge into the no-volley zone to reach the ball?

All the strategy, tactics, planning, practice and technique work are useless if you aren’t fit enough.