We call ourselves the Mountain Picklers and we are, without a doubt, the fastest growing sport here in Connestee Falls. PICKLEBALL is the fastest growing sport in the US, but people always look at us with that quizzical expression and ask, “What is pickleball? I’ve never heard of it..” Well, the game is a dwarf version of tennis, or an over-grown version of ping pong (table tennis). Fast paced, but not pounding on your joints like tennis, and "Pickles", well, that was the dog who chased the ball for the developers of the game.
It is played with a paddle, rather than a strung racket and a lighter ball. I could TRY to explain the game, but why not come down to the new courts by the pool and try it out. We play there almost every day. And every other Monday morning, we have sessions for beginners or those who want to dust off their experienced paddles after a long winter's nap. We have paddles you can rent, balls, and a group of incredible people there to help you with the skills, rules, and get you out there on the court to enjoy the game.
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Carl is looking for helpers for beginner lessons/sessions. He will train you and has a “lesson plan” so you won’t be on your own. Please reply to the newsletter, let us know you’re available to help!! THANKS!!!! Also, the committee has decided to charge a small fee ($5) for beginner lessons. The $$ will go into the Mountain Pickler Funds. Just a way to justify the time spent on the courts by our trainers.
We are also going to create a phone list of Mountain Picklers. Have you ever wanted to call someone for a pickup game, but did not have any contact info? Reply to the newsletter letting us know you want to be on our phone list with the number best to reach you. We’ll do the rest.
A quick reminder of how we operate
We have LOTS of new members, and are very thankful for every smiling face on the courts, BUT, every once in a while we need to refresh everyone on the rules. Generally, we allow winners to stay on the court, split, and two new people join them. If we have lots of people waiting, once you’ve won 2 games in a row, you also should rotate out and let a new group play.
And then there is the new Ball Machine, THE TUTOR!!
The committee decided to spend $740 on a great new training tool, “The Tutor”. On Mondays, for the next few weeks, from 3-330, Don Fleming and Deb Richter will be providing training for anyone interested in using The Tutor. Beginning April 29th, you’ll have to sign up for up to 3 hours/week of time on the machine. Yes, HAVE TO SIGN UPso we can log the usage. And you won’t have access to the machine unless you’ve had the training, so join us this Monday, at 3 for training. The TUTOR and the log book will be housed in a special locked box next to the water container soon. And only people having gone through the training will have the new code for the lock. Feel free to call Don 862-5294 or Deb 877-2543 if you have questions.
Ask A Coach: Vulnerable Volleys
I'm getting ready for some big tournaments and I find that I'm getting overpowered at the net. I think of myself as someone with good hands but when my opponents blast the ball at me, I have trouble getting it back in play (let alone doing anything offensive). Advice? - Marty K., Mobile, Alabama.
Hi Marty. You're predicament is one that many people are facing as the game of pickleball evolves. As the paddles get more powerful and can produce more spin, the game is moving towards a faster pace and more of a power game. You need to be ready to handle it.
First, watch this video on how to play drop volleys. It is vital that you are calm, your hands are soft and out front, and that you don't try to add speed to the ball.
Second, you may want to check your paddle. Is it totally smooth to the touch or is it textured? As the game evolves, paddles are being made that have a rougher surface. This roughness provides more friction on the ball and can help you gain some control that smoother paddles lack. The technology truly is making a difference.