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My Pickleball Resolutions for 2022

News Stacie Townsend 12-27-2021

 

1. I will not blame the wind every time I hit a third-shot drop into the net – especially when playing indoors.

 

2. I will call kitchen-line foot faults against myself at all times during rec play (until the score reaches 8).

 

3. I will not hit a hard smash directly at a vulnerable opponent who hasn’t already left a red mark on my torso during the same game.

 

4. I will avoid taking issue with an opponent’s line call, and if that’s not possible, I will avoid saying something like, “Even Stevie Wonder would have called that in.”

 

5. I will be kind to new players learning the game, because you never know: One day one of them might be your orthopedic surgeon.

 

6. I will not pretend to inspect the ball for cracks after I muff an easy return.

 

7. I will not judge a book by its cover, but if I find myself playing against somebody who has one of those suction cups on the end of the paddle handle, I will keep the ball low.

 

8. When playing pickleball with somebody who stops play to answer cell phone calls on the court, I will not derisively refer to that person as “prime minister” for the rest of the session.

 

9. I will spend less time watching YouTube pickleball videos during Zoom meetings at work.

 

10. I will not buy more than three paddles this year, unless I win the lottery or improve my skill rating by half-a-point.

 

My Pickleball Resolutions for 2022 | Pickler Pickleball

Frank Cerabino is a long-time columnist for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, a pickleball addict like the rest of us, and a newly published author. Check out Frank’s newly released book, I Dink, Therefore I Am: Coming to Grips with My Pickleball Addiction (available on Amazon and a great read (or gift!) for any pickleball player), for pickleball tips and laughs!

I Dink, Therefore I Am | Frank Cerabino

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