Partner Play: The Pickleball Divorce

Partner Play and The Pickleball Divorce Remember that old song by Tammy Wynette? About D-I-V-O-R-C-E? Pickleball partners we know might sometimes hum that after playing a mixed doubles tournament with their spouse. Sometimes (we’ve heard) they even take action. “Wait, what?”, you protest. “My spouse and I are close. We’ve been together for, well, forever! […]

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My Clandestine Pickleball Self- The Mental Game Revisited

Usually Irene and I write our articles together. This one, however, is about my own experiences with the mental game, trying to play pickleball, and especially competitive pickleball when feeling anxious, depressed or both. Some background First things first. I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) about 40 years ago. The reality is I’ve […]

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Times Change – For Better, or Worse?

  For a very long time, since its first days in the ’60s, pickleball didn’t take itself too seriously, and neither did we players. Other than following the USAPA rules as created in 1984 , few players insisted we do any one thing the “right” way. There was lots of room for experimentation and adaption, […]

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Playing Pickleball Recreationally

Irene has been playing a little pickleball these days, this after almost a total absence of a year. She seems, to AJ’s eyes, to be playing perhaps as well as she ever has, which is remarkably well when she’s on. She is a very steady player and big fun to watch, being pretty darn graceful […]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK

  Mark Manson’s phenomenal book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK, has been a counter intuitive NYT #1 Best Seller and in our thinking is possibly as close to a great strategy book for competitive pickleball as there is, excepting only our own section on strategy, of course.

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