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2023 WPT Gold!

Lessons- What you get:

See our reviews on Yelp!- Here's One:


"...Derek has an uncanny ability to identify the little nuances that can make or break a shot. I had been struggling with specific shots like my backhand topspin, but his tailored advice fixed those issues almost instantly. It was evident that he genuinely cared about improving my game..." See full review on Yelp HERE

Head Coach: Derek Johnson
Certified PPR Coach

Derek combines the finesse of his tennis forehand, the cunning of his table tennis drop shot, the stamina from his triathlon days, and the team spirit of soccer and hockey into a formidable pickleball prowess. A background in coaching youth soccer, lacrosse, and hockey makes the perfect background for coaching your skills to the next level. 

Beginners: Get started in the right direction learning these basics. Then we build on that Foundation to shoot for the stars!
Intermediates: Feeling stuck? some "unlearning" may have to take place. Ridding yourself of sub-optimal habits can be tough, but it's the only way to push past plateaus. I've done this myself in pickleball when I fixed my familiar, but poor, grip.

After the basics, it's time for a solid strategy and selecting the right shots. This is how you get to advanced play. I would love to help you along that journey. I am available by text or phone, or email, if you must :D.  Looking forward to connecting!

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Customized drills based on skills & goals

Strategy to implement w/ friends or frenemies

Notes recapping your lesson focal points

Optional paddle demos: try before you buy!

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Ball machine for maximum reps

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