So what is pickleball? Maybe you know - but does your family or friends? Share this video with them and get them out there playing!!
As our club continues to grow and new people join the pickleball craze, we unfortunately often hear about more and more injuries. Many times, these injuries result in broken bones or other types of injuries where recovery ends up being long term. Jan Abbott, who conducts the majority of our training has concluded that more falls occur on the first day a person starts playing pickleball than any time thereafter. After getting past the first day, the beginner is most vulnerable for the next week or two.
There appear to be two main reasons for most of these falls. The first and easiest one to correct is improper shoes. The second is a disconnect in the brain between what the body is capable of doing and reality. This one is not as simple to correct so therefore our focus is going to be on getting the proper shoes for the game.
As safety is of paramount importance in any of our pickleball play, we highly suggest that all players only play in shoes made specifically for court play. These types of shoes can be purchased at almost any sporting type store. Don't just ask for generic tennis shoes, ask for shoes made for court play such as tennis.
We have rollers at the courts and all players are welcome to dry off the courts after rain showers. But how do you do it? Here is a short video to help.
Click the Link below to learn.
When helping some new players learn the game of Pickleball the discussion always turns to how know when the ball was in or out of play. Often we will use the contrast with tennis to explain how to determine in or out. The video below describes Court Lines and demonstrates Compression and Point of Contact when determining if a ball is in or out.
With all the rain we've been experiencing lately (and every year come summer!), it's a good time to remind everyone how to use the rollers used to remove water from the courts. It's very important to note that you must always hang up the roller when you are done with it. If you leave it standing on the ground, it creates a flat spot on the roller and renders it useless the next time we need to use it. I've attached a link to a YouTube video showing how to use the roller in a circular motion that is supposed to be a faster and more effective method; however, rolling the water off to the end of the courts is still an option.
Two very important things about the roller to avoid damaging it:
Always hang up the roller when done!
Never step on the roller to wring out the water.
Have you ever wondered, "What If" this happens? Or "Why That"? Here are two great articles about being the first server of the game and what happens if you get hit by the ball.
Click here to read an article about being the first server of the game: Click to read RV Picklers Article on Importance of knowing the first server
Click here to read an article about being hit by the ball: Click to read about what happens when the ball hits you
Shirts with the BFPC logo are now available. The BFPickleball Paddles Company will be handling all information regarding the sizes, color and sizes. You can order your BFPC Logo Shirts online - or thru Marty Smith. Contact him at 703-928-1619
To order online click the button below. When you get to the Check-Out page add the size(s) and color(s) you desire in the Additional Note to Merchant directly above the Place Order button.
Across pickleball courts nationwide the prevailing rule of thumb for the middle ball is that the forehand takes it.
The reasoning offered is that usually, both players have a stronger forehand than backhand.
And typically, with two players of comparable skill, of the two strokes in the middle, the forehand will be the stronger shot.
Therefore, the player with their forehand in the middle can handle that middle ball better, and also possibly do more damage with it than the player using their backhand in the middle.
But is that really the right answer?
On it’s face and in the most simplistic of ways to think about it...it very well may be the right answer if all the conditions for it to be the right answer are met.
But what if those conditions aren’t met?
The thing with pickleball is that if you really want to move up the ranks, you have to throw these canned and cliched answers out the window because the real answer is...
What if the backhand is stronger?
What if you are deploying “forehand take the middle” strategy and it’s not working?
What if one player is clearly better than the other, on both sides?
What if the player’s forehand is off that day?
I could go on and on.
All too often, as pickleball players we are far too focused on the stroke: forehands, backhands, 3rd shots, dinks, volleys, swinging volleys etc...
...and not concerned enough with where to be on the court, where our partner is, where the opponents are and what to do in order to maximize how we work the court strategically.
Both on our side with proper court positioning and the opponents side with proper target selection.
Winning pickleball is less about forehands and backhand and more about where to hit and why so that you are constantly maintaining the strategic advantage on the court.
Helle Sparre, a top senior pro player knows this on a deep level.
Among many other titles, she is a US Open and National Champion.
In this video, Helle busts the myth of forehand take the middle and explains what to do instead...
There's always more to learn!
Strategy doubles. “the more you hit cross court, the more you have to cover”.