Just when you think you've seen it all, someone gets cheeky and designs a pickleball-themed porta-potty! 🚽
Burning Man, the annual festival in the Nevada desert, is known to inspire attendees through art, community, self-expression…and toilet humor?!
Attendees delighted in all the pickleball decor in the "Ben JOHN"!! 😂
Now, let's dive straight into your pickleball tips, strategies, stories, news, and more... 👏
#1. I SPED UP THE PICKLEBALL⚡️...NOW WHAT? FIVE TIPS TO WIN THE POINT AFTER THE SPEED-UP
When you speed up the pickleball during a rally in an effort to catch your opponents off guard, typically it is not your speed-up itself that wins the point. More often, your winning shot may happen one, two, or a few shots later. Use these tips to maximize your speed-up shots and win more points on the pickleball court. 🙌
#2. APPLE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH AND POSITIVE EFFECTS OF PICKLEBALL 👏
Researchers from the Apple Heart and Movement Study announced that, based on data collected from Apple Watch, “the number of participants playing pickleball in a single month surpassed the number of participants playing tennis for the first time” in July 2023. Key takeaways show pickleball has incredible physical and mental health benefits. ⌚️
#3. PICKLEBALL PSA:💡WRITE YOUR NAME ON YOUR PADDLE
With so many new players on the court and so many pickleball paddles that look alike, it's important to identify which one is yours. ✍️ This is particularly true because pickleball paddles are becoming increasingly more expensive. Adding a name decal or other identifying marking on your pickleball paddle is permitted by the official rules of pickleball.
Combining industry-changing innovations with brand new paddle composition technology, the Luxx Control Air is designed with one goal in mind: to be the ultimate control paddle for balanced Pickleball players.
Building on the success of Selkirk Labs Project 003, the Luxx Control Air introduces transformative Florek Carbon Fiber technology to expand the sweet spot, amplify power play, and enable optimal performance on the court.
#4. PROPERTY LISTINGS' DESIRABLE NEW FEATURES...PROXIMITY TO PICKLEBALL COURTS! 🏡
With the explosive growth of pickleball, and the increasing demand for more courts, it's no surprise the sport is gaining popularity as a desirable real estate feature. In addition to the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, high ceilings, and open concepts, house hunters are also looking for proximity to pickleball courts! 📈
#5. MURMURS FROM THE LOSERS' BRACKET: THE GOLDEN BACHELOR COURTS PICKLEBALL 🌹
We here at Murmurs from the Losers’ Bracket have wandered far beyond our comfort zone to watch reality TV. Specifically, The Golden Bachelor on ABC. All in the name of pickleball research. (Spoiler alert!!) 📺
#6. HOW TO DISGUISE YOUR SHOTS TO WIN MORE PICKLEBALL POINTS 🥸
You can take advantage of a variety of shots on the pickleball court. From drives, drops, and dinks to lobs, speed-ups and shots with spin (slice, top spin, side spin, etc.), the more shots you can master, the better. But, sometimes that's not enough.
What may matter most is your ability to disguise your shots to keep your opponents guessing and gain a competitive edge. 🤔
Have a laugh and learn some great tips to take to the pickleball court with longtime humor writer Frank Cerabino's book I Dink, Therefore I Am: Coming to Grips with My Pickleball Addiction! Plus, this book makes a great gift for your favorite player or partner! 📚
#7. WHAT IS RALLY SCORING IN PICKLEBALL & HOW DOES IT WORK?
The sport of pickleball currently uses “side out scoring.” In other words, you can only score a point when you are serving. With that said, there has been some discussion in the pickleball world of changing the scoring structure to “rally scoring". Learn what rally scoring is, the arguments for and against it, and how it works. 🤔
#8. QUICK TIP: KEEP YOUR HEAD STILL
Keeping your head still in pickleball is a fundamental tip for improved balance, control, and consistency in your shots. 🎯 By fixing your gaze on the pickleball and avoiding excessive head movement, you maintain better stability and focus. This steadiness also enhances your shot accuracy, as better balance leads to better shots, as your paddle follows your visual target more effectively.
So, work on keeping your head still when playing. This small adjustment can lead to more precise shots, reduced errors, and an overall improvement in your game.🥇
The countdown is on for the 2024 US Open Pickleball Championships! 🗓️With 3,038 players and 41,000 spectators representing 50 states and 29 countries, 2023 was a record breaking year for The Open. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Biggest Pickleball Party in the World April 13th-April 20th, 2024 in Naples, Florida! 🥳
#9. RULES REFRESH Q&A
By Mark Peifer, USA Pickleball Certified Referee; Past Chairman, USA Pickleball Rules Committee
Question: "If you serve in pickleball and it’s going out but the other person catches it or it hits the net player, who gets the point?"
Answer: Those who serve or hit the ball deserve to have their ball bounce on the court on the other side of the net before any line call is made. In the question posed, if a player gets hit by a live ball or decides to stop play by catching the ball without first allowing the ball to bounce on their side of the court, intentionally or otherwise, they have committed a fault and lose the rally. As receivers, it is our responsibility to get out of the way and let the ball bounce. Only then do we know whether or not the ball is 'in' or 'out'. The rule that governs these situations is Rule 7.I.
#10. HEADLINES FROM THE COURT
Check out the latest headlines to stay in the know on all things pickleball 📢
- USA Pickleball to host celebrity match at the national championship event in November featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Romo, John Isner and more. 🤩
- Katy Perry defeats Orlando Bloom at charity pickleball tournament in Santa Barbara to benefit arts programs for children in underserved communities🎗
- This Aussie woman is making bank by capitalizing on the explosive growth of pickleball. 💰 How she transformed her home sport court into a money-making venture.
- Lil Wayne Joins MLP Texas Ranchers as Investor and Strategic Advisor
- Steve Kuhn resigns from Major League Pickleball leadership position
- Fans celebrate Mike Ditka's birthday 🎂 with mustaches and pickleball paddles at the Naples Pickleball Center.
#11. ON THE TOUR:
The APP Houston Open, which ran October 25-29, offered Quang Duong his first ever APP Tour gold medal in men's singles while Salome Devidze won her sixth APP Tour gold in women's pro singles.
Andrei Daescu and Rob Nunnery took gold in men's pro doubles - their fourth consecutive and seventh on the year. Susannah Barr captured two golds on Championship Sunday...one in women's pro doubles with Megan Fudge, their third straight title together, and another gold with Daescu in mixed pro doubles, their sixth championship of the season.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for more pro pickleball action in NOVEMBER! 🗓
Hosted by Eva Welsher and Randy Sussman, January 6th-7th, 2024
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