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    Pickleball is the New Tennis

    Pickleball is the New Tennis

    Pickleball Gives Boomers a Chance to Hit the Court Again

    It can be argued that the Boomer Generation was the first generation to truly embrace sport and athletics as both spectators and participants. It seems as if there were more golf courses, baseball, softball and soccer fields, hockey rinks and tennis courts built in the 70’s and 80’s than in any of the decades before or since. Our generation turned out some of the greatest athletes of the last Century and our International teams often dominated. This was due in part to the fact that the science and popularity of sports were increasing exponentially, but it was also very personal to many Boomers: we played as much as we watched. That’s also the reason so many of us are suffering with creaky shoulders, gimpy knees and achy backs. But it’s the competitive nature of our generation that drives us to repair ourselves and continue to compete no matter the challenge. One of the games that are making that possible today is called pickleball.

    Pickleball. It’s a strange name for a great sport and a sport that Boomers are picking up in droves. According to the USA Pickleball Association, “Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game. Pickleball has evolved from original hand-made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts.”

    The game is played on a pickleball court which is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts. In short, it’s an environment perfect for athletes with a sharply competitive mind but a body a couple iterations behind. Age and injury does that to us all.

    Thankfully, there are medical advancements and surgical technologies that have given us our mobility and dexterity back. Hip and knee replacement surgery has come a long way in the last decade and now offers many of us a chance to compete again. And pickleball is the perfect sport for us now. The court size is reasonable, the paddle is manageable, the pace of the game is appealing and the quality of the athletes is second to none. It’s a game that offers challenging competition and engaging competitors. Where was this game when we were younger?!

    Pickleball is not just a great sport but a great way to recover and rehab after many of the new joint repair and replacement surgeries. Obviously, every patient should consult their physician before doing any kind of physical activity and pickleball is no exception. But if a patient gets the green-light, this is a game that can do miracles. It’s physical, mental and social and at this stage of our collective athletic careers, that is the perfect mix. Check out the video and then check out the sport. You’ll love it.

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  • Posted by Pickleball Pad on 05/15/2019, 8:35 pm

    I have been playing this wonderful sport from last 14 months now and it’s a great sport which also have help to build your own social circle at the club. The video you have shared is very well made and i am going to share it with my club friends.

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  • Posted by Samuel Miller on 06/13/2019, 11:01 am

    It is the best way to mimic tennis sport and it is also beneficial for elderly persons. Tennis is one of the most popular sport and everyone should play such sport on a regular basis for better physical as well as mental health. A tennis court needs regular maintenance and should be resurfaced after a certain time interval. For more assistance, readers may like to visit

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  • Posted by Monirul on 06/29/2019, 10:20 am

    Yes its a new tennis and i really love to play.

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  • Posted by amira leyva on 06/29/2019, 10:22 am

    Yes its a great alternative ping pong or tennis game, and i really love to play with my husband this game regularly. its not only help us to keep our body fit but also great source of fun and entertainment. but only make sure you are not suffer major injury.

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  • Posted by Solaiman Sumon on 08/20/2019, 11:06 am

    So interesting thing you have made and published really i’m impressed to see this one .

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