Uh oh. I've been Pickled.

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
Well, it finally happened. I played pickleball.

It wasn't my fault, though. My daughter was getting married last weekend, and the father of the groom invited me to play. I tried to escape -- I really did -- but he persisted, and I couldn't turn him down and get off on the wrong foot with the inlaws. So I took one of those foul little rackets and that pathetic whiffle ball and I played. I'm ashamed to admit it. But I knowingly consented to play pickleball. I had no other choice.

And, well . . . I kind of liked it. Sure, I whiffed a bunch of shots because the stupid, pathetic ball doesn't bounce. Sure, I booted a lot of backhands because I couldn't get two hands on the tiny handle.

But it had its virtues. None of the other family members play tennis or could play tennis -- there is just too much movement and technique required. But anybody -- and I do mean anybody -- can play pickleball. We had actual fun.

I don't know if I will keep playing. But my husband and I are empty nesters, and he doesn't play tennis, so maybe we should take up pickleball to have something we can do together.

What to do, what to do . . .
 

Rattler

Hall of Fame
My wife doesn’t play tennis either, but she loves to play pickleball. We play twice a week. She’s become obsessed with equipment.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
It is a fun little low skill game to play. So are cornhole, horseshoes, and shuffleboard.
It is not a sport. You cant even work up a decent sweat playing it in summer. Even watching it at the pro level is like watching paint dry.
unfortunately, the geriatrics who play it here are aggressively trying to take away tennis facilities to convert them to pickleball only, as well as
using available funding to make their exclusive facilities better while the tennis only stuff is neglected.
(huge unpatched length of court cracks, filthy hardcourts, etc.)
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Well, it finally happened. I played pickleball.

It wasn't my fault, though. My daughter was getting married last weekend, and the father of the groom invited me to play. I tried to escape -- I really did -- but he persisted, and I couldn't turn him down and get off on the wrong foot with the inlaws. So I took one of those foul little rackets and that pathetic whiffle ball and I played. I'm ashamed to admit it. But I knowingly consented to play pickleball. I had no other choice.

And, well . . . I kind of liked it. Sure, I whiffed a bunch of shots because the stupid, pathetic ball doesn't bounce. Sure, I booted a lot of backhands because I couldn't get two hands on the tiny handle.

But it had its virtues. None of the other family members play tennis or could play tennis -- there is just too much movement and technique required. But anybody -- and I do mean anybody -- can play pickleball. We had actual fun.

I don't know if I will keep playing. But my husband and I are empty nesters, and he doesn't play tennis, so maybe we should take up pickleball to have something we can do together.

What to do, what to do . . .
I kind of enjoy it. But I absolutely abhor the 7-foot line rule, and the anti-S&V rule. These are counter to my aggressive tennis instincts.

I also hate lightweight plastic honeycomb core paddle. Give me heavy wood for better depth control and touch. And let me use some rubber on my paddle surface so I can add some English to my touch shots.
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I can’t stand pickle ball, but if this an activity you and your hubby can do TOGETHER that’s a win in my book. Just don’t forget tennis was here first. :p
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I don't know if I will keep playing. But my husband and I are empty nesters, and he doesn't play tennis, so maybe we should take up pickleball to have something we can do together.
So glad my wife and I both have tennis, golf, snowboarding, cycling in common. Nonetheless we are thinking of picking up some PB paddles for our place in the Desert so the non-tennis folks can give it a whirl when they visit. We have good facilities at our gated community for PB so it's easier than buying a ping pong table and trying to find space for it.

But it truly is just oversized table tennis.

And let me use some rubber on my paddle surface so I can add some English to my touch shots.
Can't you just etch some grooves into the paddle like a golf club? That would give you some better purchase on the ball.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Good news is that since both you and her husband will soon lose some hearing due to aging, the ball noise won't bother you. It will also be easy to ask for the score repeatedly because you don't have to yell so much as the court is small.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Buy a pingpong table instead...
That is a good idea regardless of pickle. If you have space in your home, buy a table tennis board. It is good for physical and mental health and will ward off dementia. It is easy to buy and attach a "robot" to one end of the table (the term used for ball machine) and practice by yourself if your partner is not available.

 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
It's fun, but could never replace tennis for me. And as mentioned, we play pickleball without the whole kitchen thing, and with a orange or green dot U10 ball so it's a lot more active.


I play a lot of ping pong as well.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
The tv commentary (still shocked this is on national television LOL!) on the “pro” events has been outright hilarious. All the accolades about 4 players standing behind the kitchen line, dinking the ball to each other (OMG, WHAT A RALLY!). Give me a break, what a joke.

Many of you have it right - if you enjoy bar games like darts, foosball (insert Bobby Bouche joke here), shuffleboard, etc. - PB is in that same vain. Anyone who tries to tell you PB requires actual skill like tennis either can’t play tennis or is pulling your leg.
 
The Pickleballers Are Coming

Listen my children
And I will holler
About the pending arrival
Of the Pickleballer

Their numbers are legion
The hordes only grow
The tennistas decline
And cannot stem the flow

The sound of the shot
Is like a clock that is ticking
Counting down the time
Of the tennistas, thinking

"What an odd game!
How quaint! How droll!"
Realizing too late
On tennis its toll.

Say what you will
About the Pickleballers many
Their group is a dollar
To the tennistas penny.
 
Everything said in this thread appropriately applies to PB...if you're referring to doubles.

PB singles is actually great fun. It's no tennis, but there's actual movement and some athleticism required. Problem for me is I've been to a few PB events/meetups, and no one ever wants to play singles. Those people are all probably playing tennis anyway. Or squash. Or racquetball. Or badminton. Or table tennis. Or padel.
 
Everything said in this thread appropriately applies to PB...if you're referring to doubles.

PB singles is actually great fun. It's no tennis, but there's actual movement and some athleticism required. Problem for me is I've been to a few PB events/meetups, and no one ever wants to play singles. Those people are all probably playing tennis anyway. Or squash. Or racquetball. Or badminton. Or table tennis. Or padel.
I actually have never seen anyone play PB singles.
 

FiddlerDog

Professional
Sure, I whiffed a bunch of shots because the stupid, pathetic ball doesn't bounce. Sure, I booted a lot of backhands because I couldn't get two hands on the tiny handle.
If only there was a watered down variant of the game that is easier and more accessible to unathletic folks ?
 
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sureshs

Bionic Poster
Again, get a table tennis board Cindy. It will be a blessing in winter, when you and your husband can play all day long. You can get a full size foldable one for around $300. Don't buy the smaller size ones.

I played table tennis for 1.5 hours yesterday at the local rec center. They have reopened with limited capacity indoors.

You will be like this:

 

TennisDawg

Hall of Fame
Guilty as charged!

I felt like I was playing tennis with tiny T-Rex arms.

Lol, I’m playing more pickle lately. There’s a lot of pickle courts here with meetups in the morning and evening. No organizing it’s easy you just show up. I still play tennis but I’m getting turned off by the lack of interest and last minute cancellations. Tennis is dying out in my area unless I wanna enter a tournament or league and drive 60 plus miles. Pickle is good exercise and fun. It’s also a great social outlet. My tennis right now is mainly solo but working on my serve, backboard and drop feeds gets pretty mundane.
 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
Hasn’t taken off in Australia, once the old folks get too doddery for tennis and golf they turn to croquet and lawn bowls
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
I'm sorry, there are even college kids who play some pickleball and even they cant break a sweat.
It's a lot of things, but good exercise is not one of them.
Any sport that somebody literally morbidly obese and over 70 can compete with somebody fit and under 40 is not a sport, it is a game.
 

CHtennis

Rookie
I'm sorry, there are even college kids who play some pickleball and even they cant break a sweat.
It's a lot of things, but good exercise is not one of them.
Any sport that somebody literally morbidly obese and over 70 can compete with somebody fit and under 40 is not a sport, it is a game.
So, I play 5.0 tennis and 5.0 pickleball and I enjoy them both. Unless you are talking about low levels of pickleball then no somebody morbidly obese and over 70 cannot compete with a fit under 40 year old. Golf is considered a sport but it is generally much less work out then tennis or pickleball. A buddy of mine has started playing pickleball this year and he is getting higher step counts in pickleball than he was in tennis. He is a 5.0 tennis player and 4.0 pickleball player. I will agree that doubles pickleball is not very good aerobic excercise (building up a sweat) but neither is doubles tennis. It is a great anaerobic exercise and does get you moving a lot, but not really sprinting ever.

I understand some of the hate for pickleball, it is taking away tennis courts a lot of times in areas but it is a fun "game" if not a sport and has some really nice elements for tennis development (the net game especially) if that is your only concern. I enjoy it a lot as it is easier to get my 7 and 10 year old to play because it is easier to hit the ball and a smaller court. I know there are the 36' court red ball tennis but they still like pickleball better (we have only done pickleball 3 times though so that may change).
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
An unnamed under 35 but former very high D1 level tennis player was playing with the local "pickleball pro"(age 55), this weekend.
Even the local college kids who did not play college tennis or high level high school tennis could keep it sort of close.
The local 70 plus players lost. but still got their share of points.

I stand by my earlier assessment. It is a game, not a sport. Doubles tennis, even hit and giggle, will still give you a much better workout than pickleball.
Like racketball in the 70s, it will help a 2.5 get the hand eye coordination and sense of hitting a ball to move them up to 3.0 if they play tennis.
Above 3.0, it hurts more than it helps.
 

zaskar1

Semi-Pro
I cant stand pickleball either, but if i get to the point where i can no longer run, it might be the only
game in town for me.
from what i have seen its step and stab.
the wooden paddle hitting the plastic whiffle ball
is especially obnoxious. in a neighboring city, Berkeley. the residents of a condo complex were complaining about
the noise the "pickle people" were making during the games in the late evenings. not sure what was the outcome.
the residents were threatening to sue the city.
at our tennis club, they converted the courts on the other side of the parking lot for "picklers" so at least they dont disturb
the tennis players.
unfortunately the club is aging so eventually perhaps pickleball will move to our side of the parking lot.
z
 

Cashman

Hall of Fame
The important thing is to use protection, and if you’re married never let your spouse find out
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
When I want to get my lazy 'sport' on I have been playing bocce ball. Trash talking is great fun in bocce ball.
Had all three played at the same time while playing a USTA league match BITD. Only distraction was the whistle-blowing on the shuffleboard courts. Rowdy bunch, we weren't gonna tell em to stop.
 
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