Free Pickleball Drilling


A pickleball drill is an exercise that is designed to isolate and work on a particular skill or set of skills that a player desires to improve. A key component of a drill is that it allows for many repetitions of the same stroke or small set of strokes in a condensed period of time which is necessary in order to develop the necessary muscle memory that is required to engrain the skill as a new habit so that it becomes automatic.

Drilling various shots regularly offers players the opportunity to fine-tune & hone their technique. It reaches a point at which they can trust that a particular shot will pay off for them during a match.

This confidence in their technique comes from repeated practice of basic movements back and forth under strictly controlled conditions.

Available Drilling Opportunities:

Drilling with David

            David Thompson, a local pickleball enthusiast, will teach you the foundational drills needed to build your game. Spend four sessions with David and you will be armed with the drilling tools to practice on your own. Max. 8 players per session, please register online or in the Park-Rec Office.

        • June (Beginner & Advanced Beginner Players)
          • Tuesdays in June (6, 13, 20, 27)
          • Time: 8:30am- 9:30am at the City Tennis Courts
        • July (Intermediate Players)
          • Thursdays in July (6, 13, 20, 27)
          • Time: 8:30am- 9:30am at the City Tennis Courts

Drilling with Daniel

            Daniel Skrade loves pickleball and wants drilling to be fun.  He has crafted drilling games that will improve your pickleball skills while keeping it fun and slightly competitive.

This event is for those who have played pickleball before. This is a drop-in event and no registration is needed.

        • Wednesday evenings beginning June 14th
        • Drop-In from 5:30pm- 6:30pm at the City Tennis Courts


Drilling with Jeff

            Jeff Tomlinson, a seasoned local player and instructor, believes drilling is key to developing your pickleball game.  Watch for pickleball emails and Decorah Pickleball Facebook for opportunities to join Jeff for pop-up group drilling sessions for advanced players. 


All drilling is available at no cost thanks to our local sponsor, Harman Realty