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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Is Pickleball's Evolving into a Power Game?

Your mind is your greatest power...

We all know Pickleball Central as a major seller of pickleball equipment. What many readers do not know is they have a blog too. One of their 2017 blog articles was written by a top player, Glen Peterson, about what he has seen and his prediction for the evolution of the game. The article is titled The Future of Power Pickleball: Will the Bangers Win? and an excerpt is shown below.

Check back Friday and I will give my thoughts (and hopes).

We veterans love the soft game with its long rallies. The USAPA does its part by making rule changes to preserve the soft game and protect the nature of pickleball to keep us happy. Instructors remind frustrated students who want to wail on wiffle balls that consistency and patience are rewarded.

Many young people along with tennis and racquetball players put down their paddles because they find the soft game so dreadful. So far, no player has been able to achieve a 5.0 rating without some level of mastery of the soft game.

And all the while, uninformed spectators find the 50-stroke rallies confusing and boring…

Why don’t they just hit a winner and finish the point? 

But perhaps the spectators are not so wrong.

Last night I played with a 25-year-old college tennis stud that got me rethinking where pickleball might go. He hit the ball so hard and low that put away volleys were unthinkable.

“Just try to block the ball back,” I told myself. These young tennis players love Morgan Evans’ longer Signature Paddle by Selkirk. And like Morgan, they’re hitting with amazing speed and topspin.

A ball hit very hard within an inch or two of the net with topspin might land near the kitchen line.

Makes it tough to volley, even with my larger Omni 31P Paddle! With a bit of practice and focus, it’s not so hard to hit a ball within a few inches of the net. Hey, the net is only about 22 feet away and waist height!

So I predict that, at the highest level of play, doubles rallies will get shorter rather than longer in the coming years.

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