Pickleball Loss? 20 Ways to Blame Your Paddle!

What’s that saying about excuses? Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better.

Are you a pickleball player who’s always got an excuse ready when things don’t go your way on the court? 

Do you find yourself constantly pointing fingers at your paddle, the weather, the court surface, or even the phase of the moon?

In the world of pickleball, where egos are as fragile as perforated plastic, having an arsenal of creative justifications for your failures is essential. After all, admitting that your opponent simply outplayed you is far too painful for most of us mere mortals. 🙂

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Australian Doubles Pickleball: The Exciting Odd-Numbered Game

“Let’s play cutthroat,” said the dude in the high socks, neon sneakers and Fila pickleball visor. 

“Uh, sure,” I replied.

I then braced for impact. Was this dude gonna charge at me?

It was at this moment I was introduced to Australian Doubles, also known as Cutthroat, a popular pickleball variation that is perfect when you only have three players. The innovative game keeps everyone engaged when you are short one player and brings out players’ competitive sides. Learn how it works and why you should add it to your next pickleball outing.

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19 Reasons to Be Thankful for Pickleball

As I hit my 20th month of playing pickleball, I reflect on why I am thankful for the sport. It has delivered a surprising amount of joy into my life as an amateur player and pro blogger. Never in a million years would I have guessed that pickleball would become such a big part of me. But here we are, and I look forward to continuing to play, always learning, and spreading the pickleball love.

Here are the reasons I am grateful for pickleball. Please add your thoughts in the comments section.

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Pickleball Rule Changes – What the Future Might Look Like

As pickleball participation has increased, so has the conversation around potential rule changes and variations that could help pickleball continue to evolve as a sport.

While purists aim to preserve pickleball’s origins, others argue tweaks and experiments may attract new players, enhance entertainment value, and reduce controversies around gray areas in the rules. 

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Proposed pickleball rule changes range from subtle shifts like standardizing balls to fundamental changes, including rally scoring or allowing multiple hits per side.

Ultimately, there is no consensus, as ideas that exhilarate some alienate others. Yet most agree pickleball must embrace controlled innovation to sustain growth while retaining its welcoming spirit and accessibility. With an openness to fresh thinking and debate, pickleball is poised for an exciting future as visionaries and traditionalists work together to shape the sport for future generations.

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Pickleball Friendsgiving Party: A New Tradition of Gratitude and Fun

Pickleball Friendsgiving Party

There has never been a better time to throw a pickleball Friendsgiving party!

As the leaves turn and the air gets crisper, our hearts warm with thoughts of gratitude, friendship, and of course, the upcoming Friendsgiving celebrations. This year, let’s add a dash of playful competition and a sprinkle of sporty fun to our gatherings by introducing pickleball into our Friendsgiving festivities!

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The Ultimate Guide to Pickleball Court Size and Setup

Ever since I picked up a paddle and stepped onto a pickleball court, I’ve been hooked. The game is exhilarating, and the community is fantastic. But I’ve noticed that many newcomers have questions about pickleball court size and setup. So, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of pickleball court dimensions and how you can set one up in your backyard.

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8 Ways Pickleball Can Boost Your Memory

Pickleball and memory go together like PB&J.

Pickleball is more than just a fun way to pass the time and burn calories. It offers many mental and physical benefits, including enhancing cognitive functions, especially memory.

And if your memory is anything like mine, you’ll try anything you can to improve it!

Let’s explore eight ways that playing pickleball and memory can boost your cognitive ability.

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Pickleball for People with Disabilities: Embracing Inclusivity in Sports

Discover how pickleball is a game-changer for individuals with disabilities, promoting physical, mental, and social health.

Pickleball for people with disabilities is becoming increasingly popular due to its adaptability and the growing recognition that sports should be inclusive for everyone. People of all ages and abilities play this fun, social, and competitive game, making it an excellent choice for individuals with disabilities to stay active, build connections, and improve their overall well-being. In this blog post, we will explore how pickleball has embraced inclusivity and the many ways people with disabilities can participate in this exciting sport.

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College Pickleball: Is NCAA Pickleball on the Horizon?

Pickleball is sweeping across college campuses as an exciting and accessible alternative to traditional NCAA sports like basketball, football, and tennis. With its lower risk of injury, ease of learning, and affordability, pickleball is capturing the attention of students and administrators alike. As the movement to establish NCAA pickleball gains momentum, it’s crucial to understand the benefits and challenges of this fast-growing sport, as well as the collaborative efforts required to make it a mainstay in the collegiate athletic landscape.

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13 Reasons Why Pickleball Sucks

A lot of people think pickleball sucks. I’m not one of them…usually.

It was bound to happen.

I’m just amazed it took 13 months.

I showed up for my usual pickleball open play.

And I sucked.

Not only that, I didn’t even have fun.

I spent two hours losing point after point, game after game. Balls sailed long. My body language was pitiful. And the entire time, I kept thinking, “Pickleball is the dumbest game in the world.”

Anyone who knows me or has read this blog knows that’s not how I really feel. As an ambassador for the sport, I think the pros outweigh the cons. But every sordid love affair is entitled to a bad night or two.

Since I know the pickleball haters are out there, let’s examine why people think pickleball sucks.

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