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What is Pickleball? And Why You Should Play

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What is Pickleball? And Why You Should Play

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If you’re thinking about pickleball, but not sure if it’s for you, these four reasons will help make your decision much easier.

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So, you’re driving home from work one day and you see a group of people playing tennis on a badminton-sized court with what looks like a Wiffle Ball bat. They seem to be having a lot of fun, so you stop to ask them what they’re playing. They tell you it’s pickleball, and invite you to join in. You play a few games and have a blast. Then, afterward, you go home and do some research on this new game you just learned about. Here’s what you find out. 

Pickleball is a game that was invented in the 1960s as a backyard diversion for families. It’s played on a court the size of a badminton court with a net that’s slightly lower than a tennis net. The game is played with paddles and a plastic ball with holes in it (similar to a Wiffle Ball). The object of the game is to hit the ball over the net and onto your opponent’s side of the court; if the ball hits the ground on their side, they get a point. The first player or team to 11 points wins. 

Sounds pretty simple, right? And it is…at first. But as you start playing more and getting better, you’ll realize that there’s quite a bit of strategy involved in pickleball. After all, you’re trying to hit a moving target (your opponent) with an object that doesn’t always go where you want it to (the plastic ball). Trust us, it’s harder than it looks! But that’s what makes pickleball so addicting. Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop. 

Why You Should Play Pickleball 

So why should YOU start playing pickleball? Here are just four of the many reasons: 

1) Pickleball is incredibly addicting.

Seriously…once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop. Pickleball is one of those rare games where everyone— regardless of age or skill level—can compete and have fun doing it. 

2) Pickleball is great exercise…without feeling like exercise.

Because pickleball is such an enjoyable game, you don’t even realize that you’re exercising while you’re playing it. That said, don’t be surprised if your heart rate starts climbing after running back and forth across the court for 20 minutes straight! 

3) Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors.

Weather got yucky outside? No problem—just head indoors to play pickleball instead! Many community centers and YMCAs offer indoor pickleball courts that can be used year-round, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. 

4) Pickleball is affordable.

All you need to play pickleball is a paddle (which can be purchased for as little as $20), a plastic ball (which usually costs around $6), and access to a court (outdoor courts are free in most communities; indoor courts may require paying an hourly fee). That means anyone can start playing without breaking the bank! 

Are you convinced yet? If not, why not give pickleball a try today? We guarantee you’ll be hooked in no time!

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