Pickleball is spreading

StringGuruMRT

Semi-Pro
@BallBag I think this is what you're thinking of. It was Paddle Tennis.

This isn't pickleball, but it's an interesting look at what happens when a world class tennis player takes on the best in the world at paddle tennis (the guy called himself the Roger Federer of paddle tennis).
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Remember these terms:

  1. POP Tennis (formerly Paddle Tennis)
  2. Platform Tennis
  3. Beach Tennis
  4. Spec Tennis
  5. Padel
  6. Pickleball
  7. Real Tennis
  8. Squash
  9. Racketball
  10. Badminton
  11. Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
  12. Tennis
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
The only part of 'speedminton' that looked remotely interesting is when they dropped acid at about the 2:00 mark.
 

BGod

Legend
The thing I hate is courts painted in contrast on top of tennis courts. At least if it's a different colour you can work around it but some towns are lazy and in my opinion it destroys the courts. Just as bad as mini tennis which literally would destroy courts (and nobody used).

At this rate just have two put vertically at the end of court spaces with a net behind. So then in a 3 court set up you have 2 solely for tennis and 2 for pickleball.
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
Pickleball was invented in the 1960's--it's been around a long time. So what is the reason for it's sudden boom in just the last few years?
 

BallBag

Professional
Pickleball was invented in the 1960's--it's been around a long time. So what is the reason for it's sudden boom in just the last few years?
Lazy entitled millennials want an easy and slow game instead of putting in the work to play tennis.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Good news. There is cheating in Pickleball too. Came across this message:

The opponent cheats and it’s totally obvious! He/she can’t even look you in the eyes but sticks to his BS call...how do you react/proceed?
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Good news. There is cheating in Pickleball too. Came across this message:

The opponent cheats and it’s totally obvious! He/she can’t even look you in the eyes but sticks to his BS call...how do you react/proceed?
Next point call his shot out even if it is in. That's the Pickleball Way!
 

treo

Semi-Pro
Sam Querrey plays pickleball. He's playing a full ATP schedule with a poor ranking but still making half a million so far this year which is way more than the #1 pickleball pro makes so I doubt he would make the switch but it would be fun to see him play a pro pickleball tournament.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Look at the average age of the folks LOL
@stringertom is the scene set in your era?


Pickleball News:
Pickleball in the Movies
A Pickleball scene has been filmed for the upcoming HBO Mini Series, "The White House Plumbers" starring Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Domhnall Gleeson, Lena Headey and Kathleen Turner.
The Pickleball scene features Gordon G.G. Gebert (Creator of the Slam Master Pickleball Practice/Training Paddle), Sandra Bellardino, Eileen MacAvery Kane and Jeffrey Levine in 1970's Pickleball makeup and attire.
Woody Harrelson celebrated his 60th birthday on set and among his gifts he received a Slam Master Pickleball Practice/Training Paddle. Woody plays Pickleball in his leisure time.


 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Look at the average age of the folks LOL
@stringertom is the scene set in your era?


Pickleball News:
Pickleball in the Movies
A Pickleball scene has been filmed for the upcoming HBO Mini Series, "The White House Plumbers" starring Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Domhnall Gleeson, Lena Headey and Kathleen Turner.
The Pickleball scene features Gordon G.G. Gebert (Creator of the Slam Master Pickleball Practice/Training Paddle), Sandra Bellardino, Eileen MacAvery Kane and Jeffrey Levine in 1970's Pickleball makeup and attire.
Woody Harrelson celebrated his 60th birthday on set and among his gifts he received a Slam Master Pickleball Practice/Training Paddle. Woody plays Pickleball in his leisure time.


Just set me up for a pure hit of black tar heroin if you ever see me playing that ridiculous game. I really wouldn’t want to live a day after such an event.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Gamma Foam Quiet Pickleball

Don't be hated, use this.
Nope.

Can you play pickleball with a foam ball?
You won't get the characteristic pickleball pop from the Foam Quiet Ball. It can be used in casual games, drills, or practice but is not approved for official tournament use. This ball also works well for casual dink practice against indoor walls. The Foam Quiet Ball is a bit smaller than a traditional pickleball.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
You live in the pa.s.st more than Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. I stopped stringing before I began reading your drivel. That was 10 years ago!
Manufacturers have found a way around that. Unlike tennis rackets which last for years and years, apparently Pickleball paddles are "designed" to last only a couple of years. I read this in a racket equipment magazine which was trying to placate pro shop owners who are upset about lack of repeat stringing revenue.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Manufacturers have found a way around that. Unlike tennis rackets which last for years and years, apparently Pickleball paddles are "designed" to last only a couple of years. I read this in a racket equipment magazine which was trying to placate pro shop owners who are upset about lack of repeat stringing revenue.
DR/DC
 

qKickServe

New User
was at a popular park that SPECIFICALLY has separate pickleball courts. yet there were pickleball players on the tennis courts, with tennis players waiting for an open court. because they did not want to wait their turn at the pickleball court. am i wrong to be mad about it? the stupid hallow clacking of the paddles on the ball...secretly i wish i enjoyed pickleball because it is easier on the body, but rather than play a sad version of tennis, i would change sports at that point and pick up swimming and do old man aquatics.
I'm so mad seeing our good tennis courts being vandalized with extra lines drawn for this clicking, knee* destroying game. Not just you have to now wait for a court, you need to practice not to see and to ignore these pickleball extra lines - just like we, tennis players, have no other issues to work on. *knees - pickleballers are staying essentially static, cold, and moving suddenly in various directions - it is just "great" for your knees and muscles - no wonder why most of the seniors aggravate their knees and pool muscles and sprain their tendons, wearing all kind of braces...

People - learn how to play tennis and stop clicking nonsense.
 

Frankc

Professional
At a local large, public rec area, several individual tennis backboard areas were just converted to PB courts.
The response from Public Officials is that many people more can be served. They get quiet when one asks about the very narrow demographic range for these players. The Park will have to print new brochures as previously families and youth and diversity were celebrated. The backboards were a hit with the very young as the balls came back somewhat and the young family could hit together with the parent.
 
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sureshs

Bionic Poster
At a local large, public rec area, several individual tennis backboard areas were just converted to PB courts.
The response from Public Officials is that many people more can be served. They get quiet when one asks about the very narrow demographic range for these players. The Park will have to print new brochures as previously families and youth and diversity were celebrated. The backboards were a hit with the very young as the balls came back somewhat and the young family could hit together with the parent.
Old people have the money. They have the time to sit on all kinds of committees. They have the time to write petitions. So Pickleball will always have that power behind it.
 

qKickServe

New User
Pickleball is fine, I’m even fine even with waiting for a court time, but vandalizing tennis courts with extra lines is unacceptable. I don’t know how to stop this... There is no respect to the game of tennis in our communities. Football and baseball fields all have tall poles with lights (why they need tall?) while tennis courts are setup with short ones making you blind when you serve... it is all about the lack respect to the game of tennis.

We need to fine time and get involved - and stop the process of destroying the tennis courts. Pickleball should be played elsewhere, park districts should find money to build dedicated mini courts for the knee destroying game of Pickleball.
 

qKickServe

New User
we all should play pickleball when we can no longer run and move. its a great game for standing or taking one step.
i am looking forward to playing it when that happens to me. its either pickleball or golf when i become movement challenged.
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This game will kill your old knees, will trigger an arthritis.. Muscle pulls will be your “favorite” issue. Most people will jump on the pickleball courts cold, stay cold due to the lack of motion, and as you get older you’ll become mo static - more prone to these issues. Sudoku has more benefits than Pickleball as we get older. Play tennis - move, tennis gives you more time to track the ball... good for your aging eyes as it forces your to adjust the focus... play tennis.
 

qKickServe

New User
was at a popular park that SPECIFICALLY has separate pickleball courts. yet there were pickleball players on the tennis courts, with tennis players waiting for an open court. because they did not want to wait their turn at the pickleball court. am i wrong to be mad about it? the stupid hallow clacking of the paddles on the ball...secretly i wish i enjoyed pickleball because it is easier on the body, but rather than play a sad version of tennis, i would change sports at that point and pick up swimming and do old man aquatics.
It’s not easier on the body as you age...
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Pickleball is fine, I’m even fine even with waiting for a court time, but vandalizing tennis courts with extra lines is unacceptable. I don’t know how to stop this... There is no respect to the game of tennis in our communities. Football and baseball fields all have tall poles with lights (why they need tall?) while tennis courts are setup with short ones making you blind when you serve... it is all about the lack respect to the game of tennis.

We need to fine time and get involved - and stop the process of destroying the tennis courts. Pickleball should be played elsewhere, park districts should find money to build dedicated mini courts for the knee destroying game of Pickleball.
I get several tennis magazines, and the industry and governing bodies are embracing Pickleball and the other Ps. They want to transform themselves into multiple certification bodies (tennis and Pball dual certification is already here) because they don't want to be in the minority. Imagine USAPA being talked about more than USTA. Manufacturers, from racket and ball makers to court surfacing companies, are heavily advertising for PBall. Tennis teaching pros are rushing to add Pball certification before they become obsolete. So don't expect support for rec tennis players from any of the big camps.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
This sounds interesting, as long as no extra lines added to the court.
"There is a divisible line drawn through the middle of the court from the center service line to the middle of the baseline. On clay, one can use a regular court liner to make this divisible line through the middle. On hard courts, one can use chalk or white hockey or trainer’s tape to line the middle boundary."

About | One on One Doubles Tennis
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
A form of court vandalism, but it can be tolerated.
This One on One Doubles needs to be licensed:

All clubs, colleges and facilities interested in licensing the One-On-One Doubles patent and trademark for their events, contact ...

Do you want to play a sport "owned" by somebody? I don't.

There are strong economic reasons behind this and the four Ps. More density of people (more money with less real estate), new opportunities to offer lessons, equipment sales, etc. Same as in tennis really. Tennis has to do something in order to survive. I don't see the P sports players eventually getting into tennis, only the other way around.
 

qKickServe

New User
This One on One Doubles needs to be licensed:

All clubs, colleges and facilities interested in licensing the One-On-One Doubles patent and trademark for their events, contact ...

Do you want to play a sport "owned" by somebody? I don't.

There are strong economic reasons behind this and the four Ps. More density of people (more money with less real estate), new opportunities to offer lessons, equipment sales, etc. Same as in tennis really. Tennis has to do something in order to survive. I don't see the P sports players eventually getting into tennis, only the other way around.
Good info and thoughts... I just worry that our tennis courts, already busy, will be waisted -
Tennis requires significant time to learn before one could enjoy it fully vs P game where everything goes - pure fun, I have to admit that. But it’s like hitting the keys of a very expensive grand piano and marking the keys with where the octaves starts... a waist of an instrument, a waist of a tennis court.

P lovers should mark their courts on their driveways, and have a social event with beverages.

I’m trying to demotivate people from going P direction, but it’s like asking to stop eating junk food - it’s easy and comfy, and fun :)
 
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