Pickleball is exploding in popularity. With its quirky name, easy-to-learn gameplay, and smaller court, it appeals to all sorts of people. Plus, because it can be played by younger and older players with varying degrees of mobility, it’s been giving tennis a run for its money. Whole families can play together regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability — your young children could even play alongside their grandparents! Who wouldn’t love such a fun, social, and easy-to-grasp sport?
Sometimes described as a cross between badminton, ping pong, and tennis, pickleball is played on a court that measures 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. A net extends across the center of the court — 36 inches high on the edges and 34 inches high in the middle. Players use special paddles and light plastic balls with perforated holes — often referred to as “wiffle balls” — which are less bouncy than tennis balls and don’t require a lot of power to serve over the net.
Pickleball courts are springing up all around the country. Why not give this trendy sport a try? If you enjoy playing tennis or ping pong, you’re bound to fall in love with pickleball.