How to Handle a Partner Not Playing Well in Pickleball

Dealing with a partner struggling in your pickleball game? Learn how to handle it with these player-tested tips!

When your pickleball partner is having a rough game, it can be tricky to know how to handle the situation. Do you offer encouragement or stay quiet? Reddit users share their experiences and advice.


  • Offer encouragement but avoid overdoing it.
  • Embrace the situation and focus on playing your best.
  • Avoid making passive-aggressive comments.


"I don’t mean this in a mean way. Do nothing but finish the game. Play and play like no big deal."


"I usually lose."


"Just live with it for the 10-15 minutes."


"As long as you don’t start making passive-aggressive comments or aggressive ones even, you are good. Those pickle ballers are the worst and only tilt their partner more."