Pickleball Tips

Slow down

Submitted by 'annonymous'

One of the biggest mistakes a player makes is not breathing before serving.  I see players rush their serve thinking they need to hurry when the referee call the score.  Remember, when the score is called you have ten-seconds to serve.  That ten-seconds is a long time and part of it should be spend in relaxing your mind and your body.  Players that are tight or rushed generally are making bad serves.   Best advice, slow your game down, that doesn't mean slow serve, it means relax and don't rush.  Your serves will become more accurate and you will be more focused.

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Tournament Referees - Good Process!

Submitted by - Chuck Borozinski, Ambassador At Large

I played and refereed at the Southern Arizona Senior games this past week put on by Green Valley Recreation (GVR). I thought the way they handled getting scoresheets to and from the referees was great. Referees were assigned a court and would basically stay there. If you needed to take a break that was no problem. There was a runner assigned to the court that would pick up completed score sheets and bring new game score sheets to the referee. The runner would also monitor the entrance to the courts. I, personally thought this worked out great. I have been to too many tournaments where too much time is spent looking or calling for a referee. Pretty simple efficient process. The next match is called out over the loudspeaker. That starts the clock for players getting to the court and the runner is on their way to the court with the score sheet. Way to go GVR!!


Pickleball Technology/Paddles/Balls/Training Aids

Here's a cool idea of holding the paddles of the players ready to play. Highlands at Dove Mountain.

Homemade Ball Picker

Submitted by Chuck Borozinski, Ambassador At Large, posted June 21, 2016

Tired of bending over and picking up all those pickleballs? Several months back I was over at Quail Creek demonstating the Pickleball Tutor and Lenny Friedman showed me this ball picker he made. This is a great, in-expensive device. You can make them as long as you want. Just place it over the ball and push down. Click on images for larger view. Images open in new window.

Wilson Neon Flare pickleballs

Submitted by - Chuck Borozinski, Ambassador At Large - posted June 21, 2016

By now most of you know the situation with this New Wilson Neon Flare pickleball. This ball goes out or round periodically during play. Sure, it is noticeable visually but a bunch of us that play with it don't notice that it is actually affecting play. Regardless of what situation you've had when playing with this ball it will be removed from the approved list on 10/01/2016 if the out of round condition is not corrected. The color of this ball is great and I think we will see more of these in the future.

Onix 2 Outdoor pickleballs

This ball now has approval by the USAPA under the designation Onix PURE 2 indoor/outdoor ball. This new version is recognized by having the Onix Logo and name on it. These balls they will also cost you about $3 a piece! This ball is somewhat softer and definitely quieter. Getting used to playing with this ball will not take long. We have found this ball to be excellent for play on Sport & Versa Court type surfaces. These balls cut down on the skip which is normally associated when using a hard ball. Those of you that play on different court surfaces, this ball will make the transition easier. Check the USAPA website for testing results! If you have any feedback on this ball you'd like to share, please send to the webmaster.

Taking care of your pickleball net

If you use a portable net, you may have had the problem of the center rod poking through the top of its sleeve and creating a hole. Bill Booth contributed this solution on the USAPA forum:

“The center support rod can wear through the sleeve if there is insufficient tension on the net to keep the weight of the net off the rod. The net should be adjusted with the proper tension. The problem can be aggravated if the net is left in the rain to cause the net to be much heavier with water weight. To fix, fasten a 3/8-inch screw-type hose clamp around the fabric and the rod as shown in the photo. Put the clamp at the highest possible place on the rod and sleeve. That keeps the rod from moving within the sleeve and poking through the top. The clamp can be covered with vinyl tape to improve the appearance and keep the clamp from snagging on the net. When disassembling the net, keep the clamp attached and roll the rod up inside the net.”
net clamp

If the hole is already in the sleeve, you can sew a patch on the sleeve. Double-stitch the patch at the top for strength. Use a strong material such as canvas, vinyl, ripcord.
net clamp

To protect the net, use a "stuff sack" for the net. Place the net with its posts inside this bag. Then place the entire bag inside the zippered bag with the posts forming the base for the net stand.
net clamp