How many of you playing pickle ball switched from Tennis?

Crocodile

Legend
As the title states, I’m interested in getting a picture of who the typical pickle ball player is, whether you came from tennis, whether you play both, or is it a new sport that you took up from another form of recreation or something else.
 

tennytive

Professional
Play both. Typical player is retired, non athletic and banger who really has no interest in improving and has no idea of how to play doubles, let alone little if any court etiquette.
Tennis players are the best at pball, but a few pretty good players I know come from racquetball. If you can find four like minded similar skillset players, you will enjoy the game a lot more.
 

louis netman

Hall of Fame
I was introduced to P-ball around 2017. I'm a tennis player/competitor since 1970, coach since 1985-- As a tennis serve & volleyer, I became addicted, quickly excelled and started coaching P-ball. I think P-ball can become a true sport when the paddle-ball combination can exert more player directed spin. As it stands, it's just too much like stick-ball. If it doesn't evolve, it will continue to be a backyard pastime...

But, as it's raging in terms of sales and $$, perhaps nobody gives a hoot...
 
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louis netman

Hall of Fame
BTW, when I started playing P-ball, I discovered others around me came from ping-pong, badminton, racket-ball and squash. The tennis players (including me) excelled rapidly and dominated due primarily to technique that's very conducive to this game.
 

etd

Rookie
I have been playing pickleball for 2 years. It will never replace tennis for me, but it is a fun diversion.

Took up pickleball as one of my friends who is just a novice tennis player wanted to be able to play a racquet sport competitively with me and some friends who all have tennis backgrounds.
 

CHtennis

Rookie
So I am a 5.0 level tennis player and I play with some of the best players in our area. Most are tennis players or former tennis players, but we have a former professional baseball player and a former professional hockey player who are in the top level group.
 

TennisDawg

Hall of Fame
Play both. Typical player is retired, non athletic and banger who really has no interest in improving and has no idea of how to play doubles, let alone little if any court etiquette.
Tennis players are the best at pball, but a few pretty good players I know come from racquetball. If you can find four like minded similar skillset players, you will enjoy the game a lot more.
Fairly accurate description of a typical pickle player. I play both tennis and Pickleball. Lately as tennis activity has waned in my area, I’m playing more pickle than tennis. I prefer tennis but you can only do solo tennis for so long. I could drive 50-60 miles but we have a lot of Pickleball courts here so no reason to do that. Pickle is social and a lot of fun. It’s also good exercise. I don’t enter tournaments just social play.
 

treo

Semi-Pro
I've been playing tennis for 25 years and started playing pickleball in April. Pickleball is more fun because it is new and different and more social. Where I play on Saturday mornings 9 courts are overflowing with doubles pickleball while the two tennis courts might have four players.

I've played two PB tournaments and from my perspective my 4.0 USTA rating doesn't equate in PB. Got smoked in 3.5 doubles and was at the right level in 3.0 singles. I haven't seen any pushers in PB which is refreshing.
 
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