Since returning to professional pickleball this year, after taking a long COVID hiatus, Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters have been traveling the country for pickleball tournaments. But, one thing that that they have not done in a really long time is take a family vacation... until now. Learn about Team Waters' trip to Costa Rica from Leigh herself, which included as much, or more, pickleball than at home in Florida, monkey spectators, family bonding, surfing, and a lot of new friends made on the Costa Rican pickleball courts, which reminded them how much fun the great sport of pickleball really is.
The sport of pickleball is changing. It is becoming faster and there are more drives than ever on the pickleball court. If you don't already know, a "banger" in pickleball is a player that likes to consistently drive the pickleball. A banger likes to play with pace and power and, typically, does not like to engage in the soft game. In light of the “rise of the banger” on the pickleball court, it is important to understand how to diffuse and defeat the banger, especially if you are a player that prefers the soft game. Learn 7 strategies on how to defeat a banger in pickleball now!
Mental health has been in the headlines in the sports world lately, including the world of tennis with Naomi Osaka’s absence from two of the majors. Mental health and the mental side of pickleball has also been a recent topic of conversation, as Lea Jansen has been the first pro pickleball player to really be outspoken about it in connection with her series of consecutive women’s singles wins on the pro pickleball tour. Learn what Jansen is doing to have success on the pro tour, why, and what her thoughts are on it.
“No Man’s Land”—also called the Transition Area—is the area of the pickleball court in between the Non-Volley Zone and the baseline. This area is aptly named “No Man’s Land” because it is generally a place that pickleball players try to avoid, as it is difficult to win points by playing in this area of the pickleball court. Although “No Man’s Land” is a place to avoid, oftentimes, the player or team that is better in transition will be the deciding factor between a win and a loss. Learn more about "No Man's Land", as well as 6 tips to dominate the Transition Area now!
A common experience for new pickleball players is to judge opponents that may look older or less athletic than them. However, these pickleball newbies quickly learn better, as all too often the older, less-athletic-looking players come out victorious. This common experience as a first-time pickleball player reminds us of a classic pickleball lesson and life lesson—never judge a “pickleball book” by its cover. Learn more now!
There are 67 types of pickleballs that are approved by USA Pickleball. This number is constantly growing, which makes it difficult to find the best pickleball for you. To help determine which pickleball is best for you, check out this blog now!