I'M STILL LEARNING
"WHAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TODAY WILL SOON BECOME YOUR WARM-UP"
I am the Pickleball Teaching Pro at Anthem Golf & Country Club in beautiful Anthem, AZ ! And ...
I am a Certified Pickleball Instructor and a charter member of the Pickleball Professional Registry (‘PPR’), the official education and certification partner of USA Pickleball Assoc. (USAPA).
I am an IPTPA Level Two Certified Teaching Instructor. The International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association continues to set clear and rigorous pickleball teaching standards and methods.
I am an IPTPA Certified Rating Specialist ('CRS-5'). This training allows me to better assess skills and develop specific, personalized training programs.
I am a member of Pickleball Coaching International so that I can stay abreast of newest teaching methods.
I have played in pickleball tournaments all over the US and have won medals at the US OPEN, the Grand Canyon State Games, the Mesa Regal Tournament and more.
I invest a lot of time in Pickleball – playing and studying the game and talking to renowned coaches across the country about the game of pickleball, new methods, etc. I am a bit fanatical about drilling and have a library full of drills.
We are constantly leading new pickleball clinics, skills and drills, and individual/partner lessons to help you take your game to the next level.
WHY TAKE LESSONS?
YOU'RE GETTING STARTED:
You are new to the game and may be addicted (like many of us!). You want to improve quickly. You have watched videos, talked to other players and want momentum. I can help – let's break the game down into small teachable moments and work up from there. You can practice, drill, and put into play what we work on in the lesson(s).
YOU'RE (SOON) PLAYING SMARTER:
It may be that you are not as mobile as you used to be and know you will not win by running your opponents into the ground or overwhelming them with your awesome power. Let’s work on placement and strategy.
YOU'RE UPPING YOUR GAME:
You may be a 3.5 – 5.0 tournament player and want to move up to the next level. Now comes patience, consistency and more sophisticated shots (think around the post). Let’s set up some drills that will help you with patience and consistency. Bring your partner along and let’s work on some strategy and gauging/countering your opponents.
"My wife and I would HIGHLY recommend David for anyone wanting to start and/or improve their Pickleball skills. With no Pickleball background or experience, David gave us the basic skills and knowledge to play Pickleball with others and to enjoy the sport. His knowledge of the sport, teaching style, and enthusiasm left us both excited to grow our Pickleball experiences."
Rob & Kathleen Austin, TX
"David Smith is an amazing Pickleball Coach. He is a wonderful instructor who really knows how to communicate not only the “how” but the “why.” I appreciated his willingness to listen to my concerns. To improve my skill level, David quickly diagnosed and came up with specific drills and solutions. What was important for me was the take away: his coaching allowed me to continue to build upon my skill set and Pickleball savvy. It was so much fun to learn new drills and to approach the game with more thinking and anticipation. David approached our lesson with humor, professionalism and an easy-going relaxed teaching style."
B. MacNeill High River, AB Canada
"I have taken lessons from many different people. David Smith’s instruction surpasses all of them. He has helped my game of pickleball immensely. David has a passion for the sport which enables him to help others with their game. His drills are particularly helpful. David is also very encouraging and caring. He loves pickleball and it shows! His lessons are fun filled and the hour flies by!"
Pam O. Albany, Oregon
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to drill and work on my game with David Smith. I believe, and David validates, that the only way to improve your game to a higher level is to work on the correct skills that will help you grow. David is an excellent teacher because of his patience and respect for where you want to take your game. He has taught me valuable drills to work on and has taken the time to help me understand the mental part of the game. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, he has the skill set to teach you how to improve! Wait! Breathe! Relax! His favorite words of wisdom!”
Janie M. Anthem, AZ