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
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
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!
Since coining the phrase "Pickleball Uniting the World" in 2016, it has never been more apt. There are tournaments and pickleball events being hosted on nearly every populous continent around the world. Amazingly, a pickleball and paddles have even been taken to Antartica and hit between two players in full cold weather gear! Just a… Continue reading Pickleball Uniting the World
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.
So, you've entered a tournament in the 50+ bracket within your skill level. You arrive to find that because of a lack of younger players to form their own bracket, your 50+ division has now become a 19+/35+/50+ division. To add insult to injury, one of the teams you will play has a kid on… Continue reading Playing against a Junior
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?