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A pickleball year to remember 🎉

Published over 1 year ago • 5 min read

Pickleball exploded in 2022. 💥 Major press coverage (including Christmas Eve pickleball on NBC). Big investors. Huge grassroots growth. What a year 2022 has become for pickleball.

Before we kick off the day after Christmas (AKA Boxing Day) by diving into tips, strategies, stories, and more for the last time this 2022 calendar year, check out a few quick hit headlines from Pickler The Newsroom in the video below! 👇

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Let's go... and we will see you in the New Year! 🥂


#1. WHAT SHOULD YOU FOCUS ON IN PICKLEBALL: CONSISTENCY OR SPEED?

In pickleball, is it better to consistently get the ball over the net and between the lines of the court (e.g., countless, consistent dinks)? Or, is it better to be able to hit shots with power and speed at your opponents? Learn more on the delicate balance ⚖️ of consistency and speed.


#2. 7 SIGNS THAT THE PRO PICKLEBALL PLAYERS ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF US

As we watch the pickleball pros, we are reminded that some aspects of the sport of pickleball transcend skill level or rating. In other words, here are 7 signs that the pro pickleball players are just like the rest of us… 🤭


#3. MURMURS FROM THE LOSERS' BRACKET: MAKING PICKLEBALL LESS "DEVASTATING" TO AMATEURS

We here at Murmurs from the Losers’ Bracket did not shed any tears after learning that USA Pickleball banned the one-handed spin serve. However, we have some thoughts based on the reasoning for the rule change, including some additional rules to implement... (*For those new to Murmurs from the Losers’ Bracket, this is a (mostly) humorous tongue-in-cheek opinion piece - don't take us too seriously). 😂


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#4. PICKLER OF THE YEAR: JUST THE BEGINNING FOR ANNA LEIGH WATERS

Pickler announces its inaugural Pickler of the Year, which recognizes the person, group, idea or object that has had, for better or for worse, tremendous influence on the sport of pickleball over the course of the previous 12 months. Learn why Anna Leigh Waters is the 2022 Pickler of the Year! 🎉


#5. PICKLEBALL PLAY A SMASH HIT WITH THEATER AUDIENCE

Learn more about a pickleball play (written by actor Jeff Daniels) that has earned the distinction of becoming the best-selling show in this theater’s 31-year history. 😲


#6. PICKLER PICKLEBALL'S 2022 YEAR IN REVIEW

As we look back in awe on the growth of pickleball in 2022—and dream of continued prosperity for pickleball in 2023—we wanted to pause and take a look back at some of Pickler’s original pickleball content and reporting, including these 3 must-read articles before you hit the pickleball courts in 2023. 👏


#7. OUR PICKLEBALL RESOLUTIONS FOR 2023

Like millions of others across the globe, we make New Years' resolutions each and every year. The one difference is, our resolutions pertain exclusively to pickleball. Read our 10 pickleball resolutions that will certainly have you laughing into the New Year! 🎊


NEW YEAR, NEW BOOK!

Grab a new book to start the new year with I Dink, Therefore I Am: Coming to Grips with My Pickleball Addiction. Have a laugh and get great pickleball tips with longtime humor writer Frank Cerabino's book! 📚


#8. RULES REFRESH - NET POST = RALLY KILLER

The video below shows a point from a women’s doubles match at the PPA Hertz Championships in Orlando, Florida. In this point, pro player Anna Bright winds up for a forehand attack that lands in the other side of the court, but not before the ball ricocheting off of the net post. What is the call? 🤔

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Bright (and her partner, Jessie Irvine) lose the rally. Net posts (including all of the related parts, such as the wheels, arms, and other parts) are positioned out of bounds. As a result, if the pickleball touches the net post, then the player that last hit the pickleball commits a fault and loses the rally. This is true regardless of where the pickleball lands. So, Bright committed a fault as soon as the pickleball hit the net post on her shot.

Bottom line – It is a fault if the pickleball hits the net post.


#9. HEADLINES FROM THE COURT

Looking for a deeper dive on the latest pickleball headlines in Pickler The Newsroom... 🗞

  • But, while some believe this is just the beginning, others—like the sports editor for the New York Times—are hoping 2023 brings an end to all of the media craze that is talking about pickleball. Instead, he wants to “get back to just playing it for the sheer joy of playing it. Because that would make for a pretty good story.”


#10. MAJOR LEAGUE PICKLEBALL: NEW FORMAT & TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023

Catch up on the latest announcements from Major League Pickleball, including the new format for the 2023 season, new team owners, and which pro players were picked by each team. Will you be surprised by the 2023 MLP #1 draft pick? 🤔

And, don't forget to mark your calendars for more pro pickleball in 2023! 🗓


#11. QUICK TIP - USE A PRE-SERVE ROUTINE

Find a routine that you are comfortable with before you serve the pickleball. This pre-serve routine could be bouncing the pickleball with your hand or hitting the pickleball a few times with your paddle—whatever you feel comfortable with. This will help you tell your mind and body you are ready and also help you with your timing on your serve.

And, whatever your pre-serve routine is, be sure to say the score before you start any part of your serve. In other words, do not say the score and serve at the same time. Too many errors happen if you do both simultaneously. So, think, say the score, do your pre-serve routine, and then serve. 💪


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