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David_Tepper

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Mike McGuire

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #76 on: March 29, 2023, 01:20:32 PM »
Ive been playing Pickleball for 9 years and teaching for 6. I used to play a ton of golf and comment on this site. Recently helped teach a pickleball clinic at Milwaukee CC. I caddied there when i was like 12 so that was a hoot. We played over the tennis nets right next to the 5th fairway. Never thought id see that day ... game is loud, not just the ball hitting the paddle, its the laughter as well ha

Bill Seitz

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #77 on: March 29, 2023, 03:28:20 PM »

I know 2 guys my age, mid 40s, who’ve torn their Achilles in the last month playing pickle ball


Played in the member-guest at a prominent Midwest club about 10 years ago.  First I'd heard of pickleball, and it was described as an activity very popular with retirees.  We got paired with two active (at the time) NHLers in the second round, one at the tail end of his career, but without a contract.  We got paired with them again in the third round, but only one of them answered the bell.  The free agent blew out his knee playing pickleball the night before.  I got the sense they played with a bit more intensity than most retirees.

Jason Connor

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A.G._Crockett

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #79 on: March 30, 2023, 08:01:20 AM »
Along with replacing our 50+ yr old pool and pool house, and renovating our bunkers with capillary concrete, my club will be adding 4 pickleball courts as part of an upcoming capital project. I’m sure that in time, I will get used to the sound.
"Golf...is usually played with the outward appearance of great dignity.  It is, nevertheless, a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul."      Bobby Jones

Jim_Coleman

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #80 on: March 30, 2023, 10:40:34 AM »
   So, we’re telling pickleball stories.  OK. I consider myself a competent racquet person, having played 4 years of intercollegiate squash back when the hard ball was in use. (That should date me to those who understand.)
   I played pickleball during winters 2-3 years ago. It was a good workout in the Dominican heat, and I was competent, not good. One day I retreated for a lob, wasn’t as fast as I thought, and my feet went out from under me.  I hit the back of my head on the court, am told I made quite a noise and was out for a few seconds, and remained wobbly for a few hours. Never again.
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David_Tepper

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Mark_Fine

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #82 on: June 27, 2023, 08:52:38 PM »
For anyone who doesn’t think Pickleball can provide a real workout or doesn’t require athleticism, they just aren’t playing at a high enough level. Some say the same about golf, that you don’t have to be a great athlete to play at a high level.  Most (not all) high level golfers and Pickleball players will beg to differ.  Pickleball for sure is drawing in much better athletes and for that reason the game is already changing.  Golf did the same. 


I watched John McEnroe play in that Pickleball match.  I love John, one of the greatest tennis players ever, BUT he is not very good at Pickleball. From what I saw on TV, compared to the players I play with, I would put him at a 4.0 and not much higher.  He would’t make our top court in our doubles games.  Those that play the game know what I am talking about.  He could obviously be great IF he embraced the game, and might give it more respect but as of now, his game needs work ;)  He wouldn’t score a point off the best players out there and most 4.5s would kick his butt especially if they didn’t know he was John McEnroe.


As I said earlier, the game has sound issues.  In time I think they will lessen as they are already working on quieter paddles etc.  But don’t say it does not require athletic talent.  Play a 4.5 or 5.0 player and then draw your conclusion. 
« Last Edit: June 27, 2023, 08:55:01 PM by Mark_Fine »

David_Tepper

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #83 on: June 27, 2023, 11:11:07 PM »
Mark -

I have been around racket sports for 60 years. I have competed at an intercollegiate and national level.

If John McEnroe played pickleball an hour a day for 2 weeks there is not the slightest doubt in my mind he could compete successfully with anyone in his age group. He won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles. You can't do that unless you have great reflexes and can volley well.

Meanwhile, if you want to see a racket sport played at the highest level, watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk9guzivxiU

DT

 

   
« Last Edit: June 27, 2023, 11:16:58 PM by David_Tepper »

Mark_Fine

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #84 on: June 28, 2023, 06:09:25 AM »
David,
I agree with you, John would be great at the sport IF he practiced and embraced it.  He would also give it much more respect if he did.  I played Division One #1 singles and doubles in college so I got to play the best players around the country. I switched to golf out of school and just recently started playing Pickleball. My past tennis skills definitely help.



Great video you sent!  Check this one out as well:


https://youtube.com/shorts/a48AaXDke-U?feature=share
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Tom Yost

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Re: OT. Pickleball and country clubs
« Reply #85 on: July 03, 2023, 11:35:08 AM »
Apparently, some folks at Sun Lakes Oakwood are not happy with the trend:



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