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Old 07-13-2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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Anybody out there play this fantastic retirement sport?
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:45 AM   #2
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Anybody out there play this fantastic retirement sport?
YES.
Just started playing it last month. My DGF and I love playing it. She can't run for tennis anymore, so it is great.
In our gated non 55+ plus community, we are waiting for approval to put permanent pickleball lines on one of the tennis courts and try to get a weekly game(s) going.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:22 PM   #3
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I've seen several members post about it in the past but can't recall exactly who right now.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:33 PM   #4
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Anybody out there play this fantastic retirement sport?
I've played around with it a bit.

Once my wife fully retires and we move to our retirement home, I'll be playing at least twice per week.
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I've seen several members post about it in the past but can't recall exactly who right now.
I think that's because they don't post anymore due to injuries.
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DH and I started playing this summer, when our lake community put the lines on the tennis courts. We like it. We were never very good at tennis. We used to be competitive racquetball players, but thatís too intense for us now that we are 30 years older.
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:43 PM   #7
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Hugely popular here in our central Florida 55+ community. I like playing but cycling takes precedence for early mornings for me. Iíll play more when it cools down a bit it the afternoon. The level of play of the really good players is impressive. Iíd recommend giving it a try.
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:30 PM   #8
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DH and I play probably 5 days a week. For about 2years. Once you start you want to play everyday. Very addictive.
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My wife and I play pretty frequently, there's a group that plays routinely at our gym three days a week, and some friends have their own court. I play for a couple of hours before doing my normal workout. It's as much for social engagement as it is for competition, although it's easy to get into competitive games.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:36 PM   #10
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My wife and I play pretty frequently, there's a group that plays routinely at our gym three days a week, and some friends have their own court. I play for a couple of hours before doing my normal workout. It's as much for social engagement as it is for competition, although it's easy to get into competitive games.


Yes very easy to get competitive quick however also amazingly social
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Quick rules question.
When one serves underhand, can one serve the ball in a slicing motion as long as your hand remains in the underhand motion?
I have heard yes and no.
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Quick rules question.
When one serves underhand, can one serve the ball in a slicing motion as long as your hand remains in the underhand motion?
I have heard yes and no.


Yes as long as your serve remains under your waist you can slice
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Yes as long as your serve remains under your waist you can slice
Thanks. That seemed logical to me.
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I have never played but have developed a strong interest. I will be spending January-March in The Villages, Florida, and there is a ton of play there. Up here in Upstate NY it is starting to gather a lot of interest. I didn't play much tennis, but I used to play a lot of platform tennis, and grew up with a table tennis bat in my hand, so I am hoping the hand-eye coordination, and just basic racket sense apply and help me gain some aptitude quickly.
Right now the issue is finding folks who are playing, and eager to bring in new players. Also, it's been too dang hot for a while.
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I have never played but have developed a strong interest. I will be spending January-March in The Villages, Florida, and there is a ton of play there. Up here in Upstate NY it is starting to gather a lot of interest. I didn't play much tennis, but I used to play a lot of platform tennis, and grew up with a table tennis bat in my hand, so I am hoping the hand-eye coordination, and just basic racket sense apply and help me gain some aptitude quickly.
Right now the issue is finding folks who are playing, and eager to bring in new players. Also, it's been too dang hot for a while.
Anyone who has played table tennis/raquetball/tennis will be able to pick up the coordination of the game.
We are starting to see a groundswell of interest in our non retirement community.
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Anyone who has played table tennis/raquetball/tennis will be able to pick up the coordination of the game.
We are starting to see a groundswell of interest in our non retirement community.
DW and I recently sold our home in the town and have moved "permanently" to our lake home. I have a choice between two golf courses I could join as a member. One course I like better than the other, but the course I like less has a much nicer practice facility, is 10 minutes away vs. 20 minutes away, and has just built a 2 court pickleball facility, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to join that one.

I was leaning that way because of the proximity, and because I do more golf practicing than golf playing (weird I know but I enjoy the process of it, very relaxing for me), but the pickleball court sealed the deal.
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Anybody out there play this fantastic retirement sport?
I cannot believe you only had 16 responses. I live in Bradenton, FL and understand we are near the epicenter of pickleball. This sport is exploding and I believe it is considered the fastest-growing sport in America. It really suits mature folks who played tennis and racquetball when they were younger. But also my DW, who at 58 years young has never competed against other humans in a sports environment, is hooked and absolutely loves this sport. If you a physically mobile, the basics of PB can be learned in just a few hours. Then, you just play to the limits of your physical ability. Its like playing pingpong, only you are standing on the table to play. Very, very fun!
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We retired to Anthem Arizona which has also become PB Central absolutely a fun sport and no better way for seniors to quickly make friends and get a work out
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I cannot believe you only had 16 responses. I live in Bradenton, FL and understand we are near the epicenter of pickleball. This sport is exploding and I believe it is considered the fastest-growing sport in America. It really suits mature folks who played tennis and racquetball when they were younger. But also my DW, who at 58 years young has never competed against other humans in a sports environment, is hooked and absolutely loves this sport. If you a physically mobile, the basics of PB can be learned in just a few hours. Then, you just play to the limits of your physical ability. Its like playing pingpong, only you are standing on the table to play. Very, very fun!
Huge +1. See bolded - exactly my DGF except age 57. We are both hooked and try to play 5-6 times a week. Very deceptive workout.
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I cannot believe you only had 16 responses. I live in Bradenton, FL and understand we are near the epicenter of pickleball. This sport is exploding and I believe it is considered the fastest-growing sport in America. It really suits mature folks who played tennis and racquetball when they were younger. But also my DW, who at 58 years young has never competed against other humans in a sports environment, is hooked and absolutely loves this sport. If you a physically mobile, the basics of PB can be learned in just a few hours. Then, you just play to the limits of your physical ability. Its like playing pingpong, only you are standing on the table to play. Very, very fun!
Not for me! I tried this with my son after reading this post. First off, we are both 6ft and find the net to low to be of any use. Secondly, I was too worried I would fall off the table and break my hip.
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