If you won’t hit the ball to me, why should I play with you?

Once again, I want to welcome a guest blogger - Kevin Douglas from Sylvania, Ohio.  Kevin is a member of several pickleball clubs in the Toledo area.  He is often seen playing in high level games, but also with beginners and intermediate players, always helping them as they learn the game.  Am I the only …

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Reflections during a rain storm

What better time to write than while a thunder storm is passing through. The wind is whipping our hanging plants and the rain is pelting down on the burned lawn, desperate for water.  There’s a peacefulness to the chaos happening outside my back patio door.  It’s been a long time since we have had a …

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Take care of your feet!

Barely a month goes by that I don’t hear of someone suffering with pain from aching feet, or in some cases they have stopped playing altogether due to foot pain. Likely, they are suffering from plantar fasciitis. I’m not a doctor, but I suffered from plantar fasciitis for many, many years.....over twenty, so I know …

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The world pickleball family grows!

In just two days, I'll be off again to go play in an international tournament!  This time, to the 3rd Amsterdam International Pickleball Tournament which this year is in Almere, Netherlands, a very short train ride from Schiphol Airport.  I'm thrilled to be partnering my good friend Bonita Baker-Robbins (England), and my pickleball husband Leonardo …

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Batman has the best advice!

Thank you Steve Taylor, for this well timed and so true cartoon! I play in a small group of ten players one night a week.  Most are 3.5 level players, with a few 4.0's, myself included in the latter.  The purpose of this group is to have competitive games with similar skilled or better players …

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Is your opponent really better than you?

How often have you played a game and just gotten trounced by your opponent?  After the game was over, did you give any thought to how or why your opponent beat you so badly/easily?  Are they really that much better than you?   Maybe they really are, or maybe you hit poor shots and set them …

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