Monday, March 23, 2015

Floyd County (GA) welcomes new sport called pickleball

Published March 22, 2015 -

Serves up! Pickleball is a newcomer in the Floyd County sporting community.

Pickleball is described as a combination of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton that uses oversized wooden paddles and wiffle ball. While the court is a similar setup to tennis, the court is smaller and the net is slightly lower.

The game is typically played in doubles, decreasing the amount of court that has to be covered per player as well.

Bob Hood, pickleball coordinator of the Parks and Recreation Authority, discusses the global nature of this unique sport,

“Pickleball is the most fun game you can play. It has been played since 1965, but has exploded over the past 20 to 30 years. It is also the fastest growing game in the United States at this time, and around the world there are over 400,000 pickleball players.”

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