"You played WHAT today?"
"Oh yeah, my parents love Pickleball"
It's one of those two responses when I tell my friends I play Pickleball. I explain to them it's a combination of tennis, badminton and racquetball. Most of the players are over 50 years old. It's named after a dog or a boat, not sure though.
About 15 years ago, a couple friends and I played racquetball at the apartment complex one of them lived in. We played pickup games with the other players. They were 20 years older than us, so we thought we'd run circles around them.
We signed up for a tournament there and quickly realized we were running circles around them, but not scoring points. We were sweating through our shirts and they were hitting the balls to every corner in the place with smiles on their faces.
They understood strategy and technique, we didn't. We liked hitting the ball hard and going for the putaway. None of us lasted long in the tournament, but it left a mark that reminds me of The Tortoise and the Hare. Slow and steady wins the race.
Sure, it's fun to hit the slam in Pickleball, but for me the drop shot, and dink is what the winners hit.
Do you hit a dink or go for the slam? Why?
© Quick Pickle 2017
Never has a sport come onto the national scene and grown as quickly as pickleball. As most people that play the sport know, finding a consistent and available location to play is the drawback to the explosion. Even with an estimated 6,000 places to play it can be difficult finding courts nearby. Cities, towns and recreation centers are trying to accommodate players with new courts, but that requires funding.
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