Serves – Lost and Found: Regaining Your Serve

(WARNING: The following article discusses the very unpleasant business of losing your pickleball serve. If this kind of thing makes you nervous, please go here and see pictures of cute puppies instead.) We have both lost our serves several times. Anything can kick it off. You’re at a clinic, they teach a new serve, you […]

One Definition of Insanity

The Definition of Insanity is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results. The above quote has been misattributed to Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Tony Elliot of the New Orleans Saints, among other notables, but it certainly applies to pickleball, as A.J.’s experience in last weekend’s tournament clearly showed. Both he […]

USAPA

We Need the USAPA

Last we checked, the USAPA is one of the only major-sport associations to be run essentially by an all-volunteer staff. While this has changed slightly over the last couple of years with the addition of a paid Executive Director (Justin Maloof), everyone from the President (David Jordan) down is a virtually full-time volunteer working tirelessly […]

Serve Discussion

Still Crazy; The Serve Discussion | A Legal Pickleball Serve

“Still Crazy, After All These Years” – Paul Simon The long discussion about what constitutes a legal pickleball serve has continued not because the subject has great intrinsic value (in our view it doesn’t) but because people want a stricter or looser interpretation of the USAPA rule, excerpted below. 4.A. Serve Motion: The serve must […]

unforced errors

Unforced Errors!

What’s your definition of an unforced error? No, really. Which errors do you consider forced and which ones aren’t? How many do you yourself commit in a game? What’s the average? Does it change by skill-level? Do unforced errors REALLY make the difference in an otherwise close match, or not? Is the urban legend that […]

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