Over the past few years pickleball has seen an increasing number of players joining the ranks. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes in it. It can be played as singles (1 against 1), doubles (2 against 2), or even Canadian doubles (2 against 1)!
But why is pickleball so popular?
Pickleball is easy to learn, simple to play, but challenging too.
Pickleball is a relatively easy game for beginner players to play and appropriate for all ages and skill levels. The rules for pickleball are simple making it easy to learn but because the ball is hit in random patterns, pickleball is unpredictable, requiring players to be attentive and responsive creating a challenging game for more experienced competitors.
Pickleball is healthy.
If you are looking for some moderate exercise for your mind and body, pickleball cannot be beat. Playing pickleball allows you to work on your balance, agility, reflexes, and eye-hand coordination without putting excess strain on your body and joints. It is a great alternative for those who have played competitive sports and have mobility limitations due to excess strain on their body. Anyone who has hip, shoulder, knee or other joint problem would enjoy pickleball.
Pickleball is Social.
Pickleball is played on a smaller surface than a tennis court allowing conversations to occur during game play and creating a social atmosphere around the courts. So, if you are looking to bond with your family or have an outing with friends new or old, pickleball makes it easy to do just that while also giving you the ability to fit in a fun workout.
Getting ready to Play?
In addition to a pickleball paddle and ball, make sure you have proper court shoes, ones that support your feet for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball. Proper court shoes will provide the extra grip and stability you need, while cushioning impact and preventing injury.
ORC Pro Shop carries a great selection of pickleball paddles and court shoes to help get you ready for play!