Pickleball – An Easy Sport To Learn

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis and badminton. It was invented in 1969 by John “Jumbo” Olson, a Chicago businessman who had been playing tennis for years. He noticed that many of the balls he was hitting bounced higher than normal. This made it difficult to hit them with his racket. After some experimentation, he found that he could make the ball bounce higher by putting a small pickle into the center of the ball. The name “pickleball” was coined by Olson because of the shape of the ball.

Pickleball has become popular in recent years. In 2003, there were about 1,000 courts in the United States, and there are now more than 10,000 courts in North America. There are about 25 million players worldwide.

There are three main types of pickleball: singles, doubles, and mixed. Singles is played between two people. Doubles is played between two teams of two people each. Mixed is played between two teams of one person each. Players must wear protective clothing and use a specially designed paddle called a “wiffle ball”. They hit the ball with the side of the paddle, not the head. A good pickleball player can hit the ball as hard as a tennis player can.

The rules are very similar to those of tennis and badminton, but there are some differences. Players can hit the ball from any position except behind the back. The ball cannot be hit in the air or in the net. Players can hit the ball with the side or top of the paddle, but not the head. The ball must bounce once before it can be hit again. Players can change sides after hitting the ball, but they cannot hit the ball twice in a row. The winner is the first person to score 21 points. If the game ends in a tie, then a sudden death playoff is played. The winner of this is the first player to win seven games.

If you have never played pickleball before, you should try it at your local park or recreation center. There are usually tournaments at least once a month. You will need a partner to play with, but you do not have to know how to play the game to play pickleball. You will just need a paddle and a wiffle ball.