About three points into the pickleball game, I hit what I thought was a decent shot to my opponent’s backhand. However, I was quickly met with a fast-flying return. I glanced back up to my opponent, realizing that she was a lefty. Instead of hitting the pickleball to my opponent’s backhand, I sent the pickleball straight to my opponent’s forehand for an easy kill down the middle of the pickleball court, splitting me and my partner.
This reminded me of an easy habit to adopt before every match:
Identify whether one or both of your opponents are left-handed and where they are on the pickleball court. Share this information with your partner.
Meet Pickler John Cioffoletti. John started playing pickleball upon his retirement in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a friend introduced him to the sport around June 2014. However, John had to wait until September 2014 to play because there were no available pickleball courts in the area. The only available pickleball courts were at the community indoor gym, which was out-of-commission due to summer school camps. No outdoor pickleball courts existed in the area at the time. Read more to learn what John, along with his friend, Martha Gilbert, did to change that.
There is a wealth of knowledge on the Internet, including a wealth of knowledge about pickleball. As we work to continue to grow our pickleball blog here at Pickler, we wanted to give some love to other pickleball bloggers on the Internet that are doing their part to spread pickleball knowledge and grow the sport of pickleball. The pickleball blogs (and book) summarized in this Pickler blog have certainly inspired our work at Pickler to create top quality clothing, accessories and gear to pickle your opponents on and off the pickleball courts.
Being ready is key in the game pickleball. This is especially true when playing against the so-called "bangers." By being in the correct position, you can give yourself an advantage, and a few extra tenths of a second, to pickling your opponent.
By now, I hope you have had a chance to read Our Story here at Pickler, which features the first Pickler I met, 90-year-old Charlie. It is likely no surprise to you that Charlie fits the demographic of the majority of Picklers, as according to the USAPA, over 75% of Picklers in the United States are over the age of 55. Today's blog describes a Pickler in stark contrast to Charlie and the rest of the majority of Picklers. Today's blog is about a prime example of what may be the future of pickleball.
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