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?
I have asked a local physical therapy professional, Daniel McCarthy, to guest write this post. The following is a comprehensive piece with helpful information that you can use to build a personalized fitness program aimed at helping you to safely begin playing pickleball, when play is again allowed. You will find lists of exercises, along… Continue reading Are you PHYSICALLY prepared to play after a long break?
It's a different world out there these days. For the first time in most of our lifetimes, we are experiencing something we never imagined would happen. Whether you believe the severity of the times or not, it has affected our daily lives. Our routines have been interrupted by closings of about everything we take for… Continue reading USAPA statement on Corona-virus
Lets face it. When there's no referee, such as in rec play, rules are sometimes overlooked, ignored or simply unknown. In the spirit of "fun play," players sometimes feel that it's not important to adhere to every single rule, to the letter. The problem is, which rules do you choose to overlook? And what happens… Continue reading Making calls in recreational play, without a referee
If it's winter where you live, you know that it's the time of year when indoor courts and playing times are limited! It's not uncommon to have all courts filled with twenty or more players waiting for games, all hoping to to get good competition in a 2-3 hour window! Paddle stacking is a common… Continue reading Assigning courts by skill level
More and more often, I’ve been asked about the paddle I use. What is it? Why do I use it? With that in mind, I thought I would talk about my paddle choice, what it does for me and my game, and a little about the brand. The paddle I have used for the past… Continue reading What paddle do I use? A paddle review