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
After my last post “Respecting our neighbors – creating a quieter pickleball environment,” I received some feedback from readers seeking more information on how to deal with sound issues at their outdoor pickleball courts. I have asked my friend, Bob Unetich to write a contributing article on the sound of pickleball; how to measure it,… Continue reading The sound of pickleball – a detailed explanation, and what you need to consider before building courts
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
Reposted.... I apologize for the technical difficulties of the first posting!! Lets face it, there are only two things that you really have total control over on the pickleball court. The first one is your serve. The serve is the only shot you have total control over. YOU toss or drop the ball. YOU hit… Continue reading Take control of the things YOU CAN control!
Anyone who teaches pickleball to beginners, probably starts with a few safety tips. These little, seemingly common sense mentions cannot be overlooked or be given too much emphasis. They are probably the most important part of a new player's first lesson. Here's a sampling of what a beginner should be taught, before even picking up… Continue reading NO BALL IS WORTH THE FALL!
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)
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