Hobbies similar to playing tennis?

Shangri La

Hall of Fame
In the sense that you can spend very little on the equipment and enjoy the hobby by working on your skills. Or you could have mediocre skills but spend a lot of time/effort tweaking the gear and have a lot of fun too. One side bonus is it's healthy and you can follow tennis and join forums like TT.

One hobby similar is photography, which I enjoy as well. Car tuning is probably one but I dont want to get into that. And then there's audiophiles which I also am, but that doesn't take as much skill. Any other hobbies? Thinking about developing a new one...
 
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Shangri La

Hall of Fame
I actually used to play table tennis every day at work. I would say my relative table tennis level is higher than my tennis. And I would buy one new paddle every few years.
 

mctennis

Legend
We used to play table tennis in the evenings were I worked ( I was a firefighter). We got pretty darn good at that over the hours we could play. I agree, I would buy a new paddle at least every year, unless someone got mad and broke my paddle, lol.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@mctennis
I actually used to play table tennis every day at work. I would say my relative table tennis level is higher than my tennis. And I would buy one new paddle every few years.
Miss those days long ago when we were playing a lot of table tennis, foosball & video games (at Atari 40+ yrs ago). Have been playing table tennis 7+ years longer than court tennis but, after a few years of the latter, my tennis had become better than my ping pong.

The increased diameter (40 mm) help my control for table tennis. The orange balls helped as well. Not been able to play court tennis for the past few years cuz of shoulder and significant mobility issues. So I went back to table tennis where I could still cover better than 80% of the court (compared to 15% for tennis or badminton).

Started to really develop my TT skills early in 2020 but the pandemic put an end to that. Some outdoor tables and a few of the parks in the area. But the wind is not usually calm enuff for decent play.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Pickle ball? LOL!
Even tho the pickleball court is the exact same size as a doubles badminton court, it is much easier for me to cover the pickleball court than the badminton court because of the nature of the 2 games.

Sadly, pickleball is too hard on my lower back. It's a shame they did not pick a better ball for the sport. Whose idea was that crappy plastic ball anyway?
 

Racingclub

New User
Even tho the pickleball court is the exact same size as a doubles badminton court, it is much easier for me to cover the pickleball court than the badminton court because of the nature of the 2 games.

Sadly, pickleball is too hard on my lower back. It's a shame they did not pick a better ball for the sport. Whose idea was that crappy plastic ball anyway?
Yes very crappy
A plastic ball with holes
Despite of I must have to admit that I noticed the picket ball is great for seniors especially the lady seniors
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes very crappy
A plastic ball with holes
Despite of I must have to admit that I noticed the picket ball is great for seniors especially the lady seniors
Tons of senior players around here. But they probably don't have the hip and lower back issue that I do. I'm wondering if I could get anybody to use the large foam tennis training ball (qst 36) to play pickleball instead of that stupid plastic one.

The best players I see around here are in their late 20s thru early 40s. Very aggressive, competitive players. Most of them played college tennis when they were younger.
 
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