The weather’s cooling a bit now, so we can get to the courts to sharpen our game. Yesterday at 8am, with a shortage of players, we played “Australian” and had great fun. Hopefully, we can get a full complement tomorrow at 8am and continue the pre-season tune-up sessions (let us know below if you can make it). The temperature is great at that time of day.
Nancy and I went over to the Palm Desert Rec Center (on San Pablo behind city hall/police station) this morning and played indoors for the first time. It cost us $5 each, as we wanted to try it out before getting a $25 pass for the season. We played mixed and I got in a good men’s doubles match. While the lighting, wood-floor glare, indoor noise and multiple gym lines were a bit weird and distracting, it should be a good backup until weather cools and we get more players back. They have open play on Tuesday and Thursday at 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm on Wednesdays.
You can click on the link below to read the latest Pickleball Magazine issue. Several articles standout. First, there’s the one on split-stepping, that reviews the great advantages of being light on your feet in this game, enabling one to make the quick adjustments needed at the “kitchen” line, reaching for wide and very short balls, etc. ( I noted that almost all the players at Rec Center today were flat footed most of the time, and it showed). Second, there’s the article about the Outdoor Resort in Indio, with its dozen courts and very active program (seems the RV folks really like the game, following it around the country.) Then there’s articles about monitoring the burgeoning pickleball ball market and the arrival of the new Onix Pure 2 ball (boy, do I like playing with it). Next is an article about when playing up and down (from our skill level) makes good sense, i.e. in Open Play times, and should be encouraged (I’m going over to the notoriously unfriendly Freedom Park soon to test if this thinking is universal). And finally, there’s “Pickleball 401” that lauds the soft, deep return of service to give one time to maneuver to the Kitchen line. All in all, a good issue.