Published June 15, 2016 - www.atlantajewishtimes.com
Being one to stay fit and well read on topics of senior fitness, I wondered what all the fuss was about pickleball. I read that The Villages community in central Florida has 162 pickleball courts and a line to play starting in the early morning.
A combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball started in Seattle in 1965. It’s a game for all ages; thus, it’s not so senior-oriented. You have to have quick reflexes and be able to move about the court.
Linda Cahn, an ex-tennis jock, said: “It’s a misnomer that Pickleball is for older people. I get a good workout, and it’s quick, quick, quick — and more fun than yoga.”
The serving is easy. The court is smaller than a tennis court, and you have to wait for a bounce before charging the net.
Learning about five basic rules is a priority and is not difficult. I was told about “the kitchen area,” a sometimes forbidden, lined-off rectangle close to the net. (I wonder if that term originated from men who want to stay out of the kitchen and not do dirty dishes.)
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