What is the best paddle?

What is the best paddle?

Good Day where ever your solez may have taken you today.  Whether that was to the kitchen for a cup of coffee or someplace more exotic like work, coffee shop, friend's place or the Pacific Northwest Regionals in Bend, OR.  Which is where we are now.  While I was getting ready to ask a player for an interview a second player came over and the conversation immediately went to the paddle.  Both players were using the long narrow type one from Manta and one from Selkirk.  Both players loved the extra snap they can generate from the longer paddle.  One player had some extra weight applied to his paddle as he liked a little heavier paddle as he felt that it gave him a little more control and stability for…
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Refereeing a Pickleball Tournament

Refereeing a Pickleball Tournament

I know pickleball is only a game.  With that being said sometimes it is more than just a game.  This drama recently unfolded during a tournament.  The two teams  had travelled from out of town for the occasion (how many games do we travel for, not often is it for any other reason than the love of the game, whichever game it is.) out of their pockets they paid to come and they paid to be there as well.  The referee was one of many voluteers giving their time and effort to a sport that well, we all love (more than just a game),  and I thank them for making tournaments possible. This particular match for the two teams was do or die. Both teams had already lost one round…
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Pickleball;  Couples Therapy

Pickleball; Couples Therapy

Well today was interesting.  One of us did not get enough caffine into their system in time so it was a long testy morning.  Shortly after lunchtime after a few hours of bickering back and fourth we needed something to release the pressure.  We realised that we had our equipment in the car and decided that it would be a great idea to go and play some pickleball.  Ok so it wasn't so much the need for some social interaction with other human beings.  No this was more about the overwhelming desire to smash a ball at one another.  After a few warm up hits back and fourth the game was on.  I was never into racket sports growing up.  Colette use to play badminton and tennis to name a…
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First game of pickleball in Canada

First game of pickleball in Canada

Well yesterday was our first time playing pickleball since we have been back in Canada. We started playing when we were staying in Chiang Mai Thailand and have been hooked since. Our club in Thailand was very friendly, competitive but laid back. We also stopped in at Hua Hin Thailand for a game as we were passing through. Our first time playing in doors, air-con courts, more people and a different structure. We were not quite sure what to expect playing for the first time here in Canada at our local courts here in Kelowna. 12 courts, a club with hundreads of members. Oh yeah and we haven't swung the paddle in 3 months, nor exercised in that last month since being back in Canada. Just bought our first racqet…
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