If you’re considering picking up the sport, just go for it! Find someone you know that plays. We guarantee you that they will be more than happy to show you the ropes. But don’t worry, the ropes are cheap and easy! If you’re having trouble finding some games, head over to Places to Play and Announcements pages for information about locations to play, leagues and tournaments, then go out and have some fun!
Pickleball is Ton of Fun!
The game is just flat out fun. Similar to tennis, hitting a ball in the sweetspot is a great feeling. But also, there’s so many different things that you can try on the court. Different team strategies, techniques and even complicated spin shots. It’s fun trying to put spin on the ball, or lobbing a few to the back court making your opponents work for a rally. Let’s not forget the laughter. Pickleball doesn’t make you want to bang your head against an anvil like golf does. Mistakes, especially crazy ones, are often met with laughter and light-hearted banter.
Pickleball Provides Great Exercise
Although it’s not as cardio-intensive as tennis, pickleball can still get your blood pumping. Playing the sport for a few hours will get every inch of your body in motion giving you some great exercise and making you feel great in the process. We all know about the plethora of benefits that exercise provides, and pickleball is a great way to get it.
It certainly doesn’t replace strength training or anything like that, but it will definitely give you some basic fitness needs, especially if you’re not physically active at the moment. If you’ve never engaged in any exercise before, pickleball can be a great way to get into it while having loads of fun at the same time. Furthermore, you can bump up the cardio aspect of it by playing a singles match. Assuming you can handle the intensity of this, playing one on one will have your heart racing to the moon.
Pickleball Satisfies Your Competitive Needs
Pickleball isn’t known for being ultra competitive, but it does provide you those needs if you wish to achieve them. This is especially pertinent for seniors. Do you wish to have that competitive flare again from your youth? Pickleball can be a great way to achieve that without losing your cool. One of the strengths of this sport, is that most pickleball players know how to keep things competitive, but reasonable. Hotheadedness is not something you see very often.
But for those who wish to take it to the next level, there are plenty of young and serious competitors out there waiting to enter the arena. You just have to find them.
Pickleball is Comfortably Social
The reason why we say that it’s “comfortably social” is because after a game or even a good rally, you’re not so exhausted that you’re laying on your back panting like a dog. It’s easy to strike up a brief conversation while walking to the net or during a break after a game. There’s also something to be said for the size of the court. A pickleball court is just about half the size of a tennis court which means that the teams feel closer together making banter, compliments and jokes easier to deliver and to hear. This makes the sport light-hearted and social. It just feels personal.