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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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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Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

We all know that when we play in a tournament, playing by the rules is required.  But, in recreational or "friendly play" is it necessary to stick to every, single rule? Boy, that's a question that could spark quite a debate, and actually recently did on another pickleball blog.  It also brings up a series …

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From the mouth of Dave Weinbach

Not long ago, I was watching yet another video of a high level pickleball game.  I do that a lot, hoping that via some form of osmosis, I'll pick up on something that will make me become a better player.   Seriously, there is a lot to be learned from watching pickleball matches on YouTube videos …

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Rules question from the courts……

Often, players will ask rules questions of me.  Here's a good one.  This question was posed as a result of circumstances that sometimes occur in recreational play due to the friendliness of a game. “Is there a rule, or is it just player courtesy for the server to wait for the receiving team to be …

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