I've said it before, some of the best blog topics come from the thoughts of other people. If you are on Facebook and haven't yet joined the group Pickleball Ponderings, you need to. Ron Ponder is the founder of this group. I met him for the first time at a Bainbridge Cup tournament in Spain.… Continue reading Great advice from a funny guy!
It was only a matter of time before someone created a fun card game with a pickleball theme. Rob Morgan has done just that, and named it Pickleball Smash. Rob is an addicted pickleball player, and has been an avid card and board game lover since he was a kid. His first game creation was… Continue reading Pickleball Smash – a fun card game!
Boy it’s windy in SW Florida right now! Here’s some advise for playing in the wind!
Wind can make a game of pickleball even more challenging, especially the serve and service return!
The server has to gauge the strength of their serve on whether they are hitting into the wind or with it. Just as importantly, the receiver has to adjust their court position based on the same factors.
Here’s a little tip on finding the right court position when it’s windy:
Let the wind push you into the correct position.
Let’s say you are receiving the serve. If you feel the wind on your back, let it push you forward towards the net. This might even put you several feet inside the baseline, depending on the strength of the wind. Wind on your back means it is blowing towards your opponent. They are hitting into the wind and most likely it will cause their serve to drop short.
Likewise, if you feel the wind on…
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Since it's February, this might seem a bit late for many of you to read about adjusting from outdoor to indoor pickleball. If you live in the northern hemisphere, and in a northern region, you would have moved indoors several months ago. If so, sorry for my selfish timing. I’ve been in a warm climate… Continue reading Adjusting to your environment – altitude and venue changes
Several posts ago, I featured Bob Unetich as a guest writer. He is a pickleball player, a Certified Referee, but more to this topic, he is a sound expert! If you're new to this blog or missed Bob's post, here is a link to it. https://crazypickleballlady.com/2021/07/13/the-sound-of-pickleball-a-detailed-explanation-and-what-you-need-to-consider-before-building-courts/ A hot topic relating to this is the sound… Continue reading Pickleball sound – follow up:
To celebrate its partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), America’s gateway for amateur athletes, InPickleball is giving away 50 custom AAU branded paddles created for the magazine by Paddletek. Anyone can enter at https://inpickleball.com/aau/ before midnight EST on February 28th. The AAU leads a movement to make the game more accessible to younger Americans.… Continue reading Special AAU Paddles Celebrate Partnership to Grow Youth Pickleball in America
Making the move from a 3.5 to 4.0 player takes more than just skill. Many times, we see a 3.5 player join in a 4.0 group, and immediately bang away, using only power to win the point. Why is that? One reason is that they have probably been playing against players in the 3.5 category… Continue reading Becoming a better pickleball player requires shot variety and strategy
By Manish Rao - International pickleball player and friend from Mumbai, India. After a year or more of pickleball chat on Facebook, I first met Manish at the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, Florida. In 2019, we were paired up to play in a match representing Team World in the Bainbridge Cup tournament… Continue reading Recognizing your successes, regardless of medal color