Hi it’s Lynn from Pickleball Fire. In this video I’m going to show you how to start playing Pickleball.
The first thing to do is to make sure you have the right equipment. You will need a good pair of court shoes and a Pickleball paddle. Some facilities have paddles you can try out but often times they are low quality wood paddles. It’s better to get your own paddle and you can get started with a paddle under $50. I recommend paddles approved by the US Pickleball Association which you can find on Amazon. I’ll put a link to one of these paddles below the video.
If you are coming from a tennis background or other racket sport, I know you are going to love Pickleball so I recommend spending a few more dollars to get a better quality paddle. My background in racquetball so when I started I played with the Onix Z5. It provides a great blend of power and spin so I highly recommend it. You can click on the link below the video if you want to purchase the Onix Z5.
Besides a paddle, you will need the right shoes. Please avoid wearing jogging shoes when playing Pickleball. This is true whether you play inside or outside as they do not provide the footing you need for a court sport. Many people who play outdoor Pickleball wear a tennis shoe which works great. For indoor play, you can wear a volleyball shoe or cross trainer or tennis shoes.
Once you have your paddle and shoes, you need a place to play! New courts are being added every day due to the popularity of the sport. You can go to http://Pickleballfire.com/courts to find an instructor or location to play near you. Most groups are very friendly so they are happy to teach new comers the rules.
Is pickleball hard to play? No, the rules are easy to learn and I’ll go over a few rules unique to Pickleball that you should know. I also have a more detailed video on the rules of the game which I’ll link to below.
You may have heard of the Pickleball kitchen. This is the area seven feet from the net where you cannot hit a volley. Some people call it the non-volley-zone. You can step in the kitchen to hit a ball that has bounced. But if you hit the ball in the air it must be outside of the kitchen. Just remember to stay out of the kitchen when hitting a volley.
The double bounce rule means that each side has to play their first shot off the bounce. In other words, the receiving side must let the serve bounce before hitting and the serving side must let the serve return bounce before hitting. After the two bounces, the ball can be hit in the air or off the bounce.
That’s about it for this video. Hopefully, you can get started playing Pickleball which is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. If you have any questions on Pickleball be sure to ask them in the comments section. I’ll be happy to assist you in any way I can.
Onix Z5 for those who know they will enjoy Pickleball
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