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Great advice from a funny guy!

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!

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Becoming a better pickleball player requires shot variety and strategy

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

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Respecting our neighbors – creating a quieter pickleball environment

As the sport of pickleball grows, so do the number of courts being built in communities in the United States, and around the world. This is thrilling news to those of us who love pickleball! But, for those who live next to or near pickleball courts, it's a totally different story. Articles have appeared in… Continue reading Respecting our neighbors – creating a quieter pickleball environment

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News from Spain – Sponsorship for Intellectually Disabled player! (English and Spanish versions)

Gema Garcia Rodriquez of  Madrid Pickleball Association, has some exciting news for the pickleball community!  Below are both English and Spanish versions.  Pardon any liberties I may have taken with the translated version to English, however I think those changes reflect what was being said. Thank you, Gema for sharing this great news! Two years… Continue reading News from Spain – Sponsorship for Intellectually Disabled player! (English and Spanish versions)

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Loopholes in sports

NOTE: be sure to read the comments too. Sports depend on rules. rules create an environment for fair play in competition. Every year, USA Pickleball publishes a list of rule changes, rule additions, cuts and revisions to the previous year's rules. I suspect this will continue with more new rules and changes in 2022 and… Continue reading Loopholes in sports

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Drilling with a Purpose – drills and thrills!

Some players LOVE LOVE LOVE to drill!  Others struggle to find enjoyment in it.  There's no doubt that drilling makes you better, IF you and your drilling partner practice with a purpose.   For those of you who don't really like drilling, maybe try to come up with drills that you can play as a game. … Continue reading Drilling with a Purpose – drills and thrills!

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They just won’t come to the NVZ line.

Anyone who has played pickleball for a while knows that coming to the non-volley zone line is an important strategy. Being at the NVZ line give you an advantage of not only coverage, but offensive power. More points are scored from this position on the court than any other. We all get into games with… Continue reading They just won’t come to the NVZ line.

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What are you doing?

Many of us are back on the pickleball courts after several months of staying apart, doing our part to curb the spread of Covid-19.  Here in Toledo, all the clubs in our local communities stayed dormant until our governor said it was ok to play, well, tennis.  We didn't get a personalized shout out that… Continue reading What are you doing?