The Evolution of a Pickleball Player
I was introduced to Pickleball on our recent visit to Arizona. I discovered an active group of pickleball players in my home town. So, although April's A to Z challenge may have kept me busy... what really occupied my time was playing pickleball - whenever I could! I find the game to be fascinating... and as addictive as a bag of potato chips! Every time I play I want to play one more point, and then one more game and then another. I miss a shot and I want to play some more to see if I can make that shot the next time. (OK, yes, I am
I think that learning to play pickleball is a journey. I see myself evolving. I am slowly changing and I am in the process of acquiring skills each time I play. I guess it is a pickling process! Although, that is not how the game acquired its unusual name. According to the USAPA the game was named after Pickles, a Cocker Spaniel owned by one of the co-inventors. Apparently Pickles liked to take the ball, and so the game was called, "Pickle's Ball" and over time was shortened.
However, maybe there is more to the evolution thing than I thought....
Stages of an evolving pickleball player
- Know where to stand - and when to move.
- Know the score - and how to score.
- Stay out of the kitchen (Can't wait to tell Mr. Dreamy about this one!)
- Watch your opponent making the shot; watch the ball; and move your feet.
- Know when to hit and when to let it fly (out of bounds).
- Place the ball. Make your opponents move. Watch for open alleys and use angles.
- Know how to hit soft or hard and develop a spin, a dink, a lob and a drop.
If I can develop the skills I listed above, then perhaps I will be less likely to make unforced errors. Unforced errors are, in my opinion, stupid, stupid, stupid mistakes... and I make far too many of them, far too often. Just ask my partners!