Pickleball: What is it that makes it so popular?
The smaller court size means that pickleball is far more enjoyable for beginners, than tennis. There is less running about, and players are closer to each other. Former tennis pro Rick Witsken states ‘With tennis, players might need a few lessons before they can successfully hit the ball back and forth three times in a rally. But with pickleball, you’re doing that in the first five minutes. And the longer the rally, the more the excitement builds, and the more fun it becomes’.
Top tip for beginners?
Don’t take big swings! If you’ve played tennis before you might be inclined to take a big back swing. However, due to the smaller court size, and the fact that the pickleball equipment is ‘bouncier’, you are better to take short swings and try to control ball placement. This will improve with practice.