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The James Ignatowich Show

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Dive into the exhilarating world of pickleball with host and professional player James Ignatowich! Stay updated on the latest news, events, and happenings on the PPA Tour and within Major League Pickleball. Each episode features an exclusive interview with a fellow pickleball pro, providing unique insights and tips from the experts themselves. Tune in to The James Ignatowich Show for all things pickleball, from thrilling match analysis to insider perspectives, and join the conversation with one of the sport's rising stars.

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Dive into the exhilarating world of pickleball with host and professional player James Ignatowich! Stay updated on the latest news, events, and happenings on the PPA Tour and within Major League Pickleball. Each episode features an exclusive interview with a fellow pickleball pro, providing unique insights and tips from the experts themselves. Tune in to The James Ignatowich Show for all things pickleball, from thrilling match analysis to insider perspectives, and join the conversation with one of the sport's rising stars.

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English


Episodes
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James Ignatowich Show #71 - The 2-Handed Backhand: The Most Important Shot in Mixed Doubles Pickleball

7/5/2024
Welcome to Episode 71 of the James Ignatowich Show. This episode is dedicated to discussing the importance of the two-handed backhand in mixed doubles pickleball. The two-handed backhand can be more useful in mixed doubles than in men's doubles, because it allows for more creativity and offense. James shares his strategy for the two-handed backhand, how it allows for more speed and power shots, and how the shot in mixed doubles is specifically different from single or doubles pickleball. There are advantages to playing on the right side when you are a right-handed male player in mixed doubles and it's important that female players learn to earn points from the right side.

Duration:00:14:47

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James Ignatowich Show #70 - Some Ideas to Make Watching Pro Pickleball More Exciting

6/21/2024
Welcome to Episode 70 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James discusses advantages and disadvantages of a righty and lefty playing pickleball on the same team. He also talks about things that could make men's doubles more exciting (and what would get more people to watch?), the differences between men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles, and why it could be a good idea for different paddle standards to be implemented for men and women. James also covers some pickleball strategy, including the power of the drive and crash play, coverage from the middle, and the effectiveness of a two-handed backhand cross-court topspin roll dink.

Duration:00:16:04

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James Ignatowich Show #69 - I Played with Ben Johns and I Did Not Win

6/13/2024
Welcome to Episode 69 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James talks about playing at the PPA Sacramento Open, where he partnered with Ben Johns (and did not win!) and Anna Bright. There are major differences between PPA and MLP tournaments, but each has their own advantages. James shares an important tip that will change your backhand 4th shot forever. He also discusses the importance of your pickleball paddle position in transition, the challenges of playing on the right side of the court, and why it's so important to continue learning and experimenting in pickleball.

Duration:00:15:47

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James Ignatowich Show #68 - Playing with Ben Johns & How Hot Paddles Will Change Pickleball

6/6/2024
Welcome to Episode 68 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James discusses partnering with Ben Johns at the PPA Sacramento Open, crushing your returns, and his new podcasting setup. Plus - how the game of pickleball is about to change due to hot paddles, and how the limit on pickleball paddle technology might ruin the pro pickleball scene.

Duration:00:17:57

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James Ignatowich Show #67 - Getting Back To Your Pickleball Basics & How to Train

5/31/2024
Welcome to Episode 67 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James talks about the importance of pickleball technique and tension control, and why you should be focusing on pickleball basics like dinking, dropping, and serving. Also, learn why your leg movement will play an important role to generate power needed for any movement in your pickleball game. James also introduces his newest assistant coach, pickleball trainer Jared Cohen, and announces upcoming clinics (and how you can sign up to train with pickleball pro James Ignatowich)

Duration:00:22:07

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James Ignatowich Show #66 - PPA Atlanta Recap & the Pickleball Split Step 'Controversy'

5/28/2024
Welcome to Episode 66 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James discusses the PPA Atlanta tournament and losing in the doubles final (again). He also talks about the split step "controversy," the importance of resetting in pickleball and how to determine your resetting style, and how to use your weight transfer to improve your serve. Plus, the pickleball backhand ATP shot and why he prefers two hands over one.

Duration:00:16:27

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James Ignatowich Show #65 - Aggression Without Speeding: Mastering the Hesitation Dink

5/17/2024
Welcome to episode 65 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James shares pickleball strategy tips, including how to make your dinks bounce deeply and using topspin to control the kitchen line. PLUS - the concept of the hesitation dink: being aggressive without speeding the ball up. He explains how to use your body and extra arm motion to make it look like you might speed the ball up. James also goes over the rule change regarding serving in Major League Pickleball.

Duration:00:17:44

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James Ignatowich Show #64 - Speed-Ups: The Most Common Mistakes Rec Pickleball Players Make

5/10/2024
Have you found your speed-up goes out more often than not? In Episode 64 of the James Ignatowich podcast, James discusses the most common mistakes that rec pickleball players make when speeding up the ball and what you can do to fix it. Learn more about why speed-up shots are not meant to win the point, countering a speed-up shot in your next pickleball game, and how you should prepare to end the point after a speed-up. PLUS - How the pickleball speed-up changes as you increase your skil.

Duration:00:16:33

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James Ignatowich Show #63 - Is A Backhand Slice Return Still A Winning Strategy In Pickleball?

5/3/2024
James Ignatowich answers YOUR questions about the gradual disappearance of the backhand slice return of serve in Pro-level pickleball and what that means for YOUR game. What should you do with a one-hander, two-hander? It depends on your opponent's 3rd shot drive capabilities! Plus, Selkirk Red Rock Open recap and how hitting drives towards the middle can lead to FREE points.

Duration:00:16:15

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James Ignatowich Show #62 - The Difference Between Power & Placement When Putting the Ball Away

4/27/2024
Welcome to Episode 62 of The James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James talks about pickleball strategies to keep your opponents from the kitchen line and forcing them to reach shots from side to side. He also talks about putting the ball away by making it bounce right at the baseline, how to put overheads away, and using two hands on high backhand shots to increase power and control.

Duration:00:15:57

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James Ignatowich Show #61 - The Two-Handed Backhand Dink

4/19/2024
Welcome to Episode 61 of the James Ignatowich pickleball show. In this episode, James talks about the two-handed backhand dink in pickleball, including how to hit it effectively and why he was one of the first players to adopt the shot. Learn where on the ball you should be aiming, bending your knees, and using your opposite hand for your two-handed pickleball backhand. PLUS - Learn about the two-handed backhand speed up and how it can be used to open up the middle of the court.

Duration:00:15:34

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James Ignatowich Show #60 - Mastering the 3rd Shot Drop in Pickleball

4/11/2024
Welcome to episode 60 of the James Ignatowich Show, your ultimate destination for mastering the art of pickleball! In this episode, James shares invaluable insights and techniques to elevate your game, covering how to hit a consistent 3rd shot drop while controlling your swing speed and executing drop shots with precision. Also, gain expert advice on identifying good versus bad drop shots for strategic gameplay.

Duration:00:17:36

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James Ignatowich Show #59 - What Separates 5.0 Players From Professionals in Pickleball

3/29/2024
Welcome to episode 59 of the James Ignatowich! In this episode, James explores the nuances of pickleball excellence, discussing the differences in what separates 5.0 pickleball players from professionals. Discover valuable tips on improving your pickleball game, including shortening your swing on volleys for better precision and control, along with effective wrist and forearm workouts to enhance strength and stability on the pickleball court. Plus, James emphasizes the importance of "LESS IS MORE" in streamlining your gameplay for optimal performance.

Duration:00:09:41

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James Ignatowich Show #58 - Unlocking Pro-Level Pickleball Secrets

3/21/2024
Welcome to episode 58 of the James Ignatowich Show, your ultimate destination for exclusive insights into the world of pickleball! In this episode, James jumps into discussing how top professionals train, offering a glimpse into the rigorous regimens and strategies for success. He then delves into exploring the crucial role of mental fortitude in pickleball gameplay, explains how to cultivate intense footwork, and master clean strokes. Plus, discover key tips for a 5.0 player looking to enter the professional level.

Duration:00:15:48

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James Ignatowich Show #57 - Q&A

3/14/2024
Welcome to episode 57 of the James Ignatowich Show, your go-to resource for mastering pickleball! In this episode, James delves into a variety of strategic maneuvers to elevate your gameplay. Explore the finesse of the pickleball drip shot, learn the balance between power and precision in your drives, and understand the importance of defensive strategies against aggressive serves and shots. We also gain insight into effective stack play and how to avoid overplaying crucial shots, ensuring you maximize efficiency on the court.

Duration:00:14:26

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James Ignatowich Show #56 - Using a 2-Handed Backhand as a RIGHT-SIDE Pickleball Player

3/8/2024
Welcome to episode 56 of the James Ignatowich Show! In this episode, James Ignatowich will share insights into using a 2-handed backhand as a right side player (and when it can be a strength), when NOT to use it, what separates the best pickleball players from everyone else, and what makes a good pickleball forehand speed-up? PLUS - Find out about the latest in James Ignatowich pickleball clinics.

Duration:00:17:05

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James Ignatowich Show #55 - Why You Should Reset Down The Middle In Pickleball

2/29/2024
In this episode, James Ignatowich shares invaluable insights and techniques to elevate your pickleball game. Dive into pickleball strategies for enhancing your defensive skills and explore dynamic drills to refine your gameplay on the pickleball court. Learn the intricacies of executing a cross-court backhand flick, a versatile shot that can turn the tide of any match. Plus, discover the importance of resetting down the middle of the pickleball court, a key tactic for regaining control of every rally.

Duration:00:13:41

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James Ignatowich Show #54 - Advanced Pickleball Techniques for the Backhand Flick vs. the Roll

2/22/2024
In this episode, discover advanced pickleball strategies and techniques with James as he explores essential skills to elevate your game, including effective lob defenses, attacking strategies, as well as the nuances between the backhand flick and roll shot.

Duration:00:16:31

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James Ignatowich Show #53 - Ava Ignatowich

2/16/2024
Join us as Selkirk Pro, Ava Ignatowich, dives into all things pickleball by sharing her athletic background and journey into this game, offering insights into her training routine. Discover James' pre-match routine and his impressive tennis achievements, including his top 5 ranking. Explore the possibility of James returning to singles play, and gain valuable tips on maintaining a healthy diet for peak performance. Plus, hear Ava's favorite pickleball players to watch and discuss the potential future of college pickleball becoming a Division I NCAA sport.

Duration:00:27:36

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James Ignatowich Show #52 - Are There Enough Credible Pickleball Coaches

2/9/2024
Join James as he recaps the thrilling 2024 PPA Desert Ridge Open, offering an insider's perspective on the tournament action. Next, we engage in discussions about the shortage of credible pickleball coaches and gain valuable insights on hitting 4th shots off a drive, navigating the new rule change for serves, and analyzing the official PPA ball's impact on gameplay. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the sport, this episode has something for everyone. Like, subscribe, and join the pickleball conversation with James Ignatowich!

Duration:00:18:29