Pickleball Tournaments

Non Volley Zone in Pickleball: Are You Close Enough to the Kitchen?

One of the first things you learn in Pickleball is to stay out of the kitchen.  What’s the kitchen?  It is a term for the non-volley zone in Pickleball or an area seven feet from the net running the width of the court.  This means you cannot hit the ball in the air if you…

Is Pickleball a Real Sport?

Some people laugh at the name Pickleball.  Others laugh at the sport itself.  In other words, not everyone loves Pickleball.  Detractors, who likely have never played the game, consider it the same as ping pong but with oversize paddles.  Granted, Pickleball started with ping pong paddles but the game quickly evolved to one requiring considerable…

Why You Should Not Hit Down the Middle in Pickleball

Hitting down the middle is a strategy used by many Pickleball players. It can be effective for a variety of reasons. However, it is not always the right shot depending on who you are playing. Let’s take a look at the situations when you should and should not hit down the middle in Pickleball. Communication…

Tournament Play Isn’t for Everyone

I admit it. I haven’t played in a Pickleball tournament. I go to drop ins and play in round robins but I’ve never played in a Pickleball tournament. The funny thing is that I’ve competed in hundreds of tournaments. It was just in other sports like basketball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis and soccer. So what gives?…

What do RV Parks and Pickleball Have in Common?

What goes better together than camping in your recreational vehicle (RV) and Pickleball? If you think about it the demographics of people traversing the state and country with RV’s and campers are exactly the same. In other words, most people who have an RV and/ or play Pickleball are 50+ years of age. So, I…

Pickleball Competition: Getting the Most out of Playing Up or Down

One of the things I enjoy about drop in Pickleball is the mix of competition. One game I’m playing against opponents with a skill level similar to mine. The next time I’m up against a 4.5 player or beginner. I know not all drop in locations mix the levels like this but I think it…

Pickleball Grip Technique and Grip Size

If you are coming from a racquet sport background to Pickleball, you know there are a variety of grips which can be used to hold the Pickleball paddle.  In tennis, continental, eastern and western grips are popular.  In racquetball and Pickleball, a continental grip is used by most players. This is because the game is…

Pickleball Strategy: What You Need to Do to Win

If you’ve played or watched tennis doubles, then you know the key to the game is to control the net. Pickleball strategy is similar to tennis with the team controlling the net the one most likely to win the point.  In the case of Pickleball, however, controlling the net means controlling the area just behind…

How to Keep the Ball Low in Pickleball

A question often asked is how to keep the ball low in Pickleball. While this sounds like an easy thing to do in practice, it is very challenging especially when you are at the kitchen line and a ball is hit at your feet or you have to take the ball on a short hop…

Pickleball Injuries: How to Avoid Them and Recover Afterward

This is a post about Pickleball injures but first I want to give you some background on my experience with injuries. Click here to skip the personal part and get to the meat of the article. Let’s face it, one of the reasons I took up Pickleball is because I couldn’t move around on the…

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