Pickleball rope trick
Apr08

Pickleball rope trick

This video shows sort of low-tech means or hack for gathering a bunch of pickleballs together for easy pickup. Some tips: You’ll need a fairly thick rope, but not too thick or it won’t lie down flat easily. I use a 3/4 incher here You need to move the rope smoothly and slowly or the balls will start jumping the rope If you keep the ball spaced out rather than bunched up until the last minute they will not jump the rope as...

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New Pickleball terminology –  the Flick
Mar17

New Pickleball terminology – the Flick

Every sport has it’s terminology, and pickleball is right there with a bunch of terms, punch volley, dink, third shot drop, etc. You may think that our PB predecessors have it all covered term-wise, but the fact is that there is still a little wiggle room to name things here and there. Pickleball is perhaps especially vulnerable to new coinages since the origin of the name of the game itself was a bit frivolous, and in many...

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Shoes for Pickleball
Mar16

Shoes for Pickleball

I’ve had a few people ask me about shoes for pickleball. The main thing to consider is that you should get tennis shoes or what are sometimes called cross-trainers. Scheel’s in Iowa City has a few, but there are many online, e.g- at Amazon Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Wilson, all good Here’s  list of pricy ones: https://www.si.com/edge/best-mens-tennis-shoes I have the Adidas Barricades. They come in many colors, not...

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In the parking lot
Jan04

In the parking lot

In the parking lot, in the car, watching and waiting for Johan after the band concert The kids spilled out over the practice soccer field Steam blowing off the engines after Too much time squirming still I can’t take him home yet since This is a lot more fun than the last two hours He spent with beginner trombones and trumpets It’s a mix of kickers and passers And someone’s little brother making goals Through pretended opposition And...

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Tennis Diary July 11
Jul11

Tennis Diary July 11

Huggins in Wisconsin (Grateful Dead concert), Petit taking a day off, so no backup. Hit serves and recorded on iPhone, securing phone to tennis basket with a bungee cord Working on: loose wrist, “cobra” hand preparation (serving hand raises up but racket trails the wrist like the head of a cobra). You could also call it a limp wrist but it sounds less macho. toss with two fingers and straight arm to get consistency deep knee bend to...

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