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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pickleball In Paso Robles

15 players took the courts today..  With the Mid-State Fair officially starting, I thought we might be a little light on attendance.  It is nice to see us staying strong and consistent.  It is also nice to see some newcomers returning (it can become addicting)....and, the newbies are getting better.  It takes some time to get familiar with the rules, the different sized court, the paddle, the ball....but in the long run, what a treat as far as fun and exercise!  Today's play featured the doubles team of Dick Beiden and Jack Hodges defeating the rarely defeated team of Kathi Stanley and Tony Domingos, two sets to one.  This could have been a gold medal match.  People sometimes ask me what the difference is between a 4.0 player and a 4.5 (5.0 being the top rating).  The answer is consistency.  You can be a 4.0 one day and then play lights out 4.5 Pickleball on other days.  O.K., they ask.  How about the difference between a 4.5 and a 5.0.  Not much really.... technically very similar, but there is usually an experience difference.....the 5.0 has played in, and been successful in, tournaments.  Soooooooo.....there is a fine line between the 4.0 and the 4.5, because on given days (or weeks) the 4.0 brings his/her "A" game.  The 4.5 could be lacking in tournament experience or tournament medals.  To take the next step, play smarter, play under control, use placement rather than power, play "no unforced error" Pickleball. You will slowly progress through the ratings.  Seems simple, but if it were, everybody would be good....

....and, play in some tournaments.  They are all over the country.

Keep dinking.....and thinking, "how did the ball come off my paddle today?"

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