What is Pickleball? A Quick Overview for Beginners

If you feel like Pickleball is all the rage lately, you’re correct! In 2022, it was deemed the fastest-growing sport in America, with the number of people playing increasing by 159% over a three-year period.

This fun and exciting game combines elements of ping-pong, badminton, and tennis. It brings plenty of opportunities to socialize while also enjoying the benefits of exercise. Ready to join the 8.9 million people who are already passionate pickleball players? Here’s what you need to know.

What is Pickleball?

Let’s start with the basics. This low-impact, family-friendly game takes place on a court that looks like a tennis court but is a bit smaller. It can be played either singles or doubles, using paddles and a plastic ball with holes that resemble a wiffle ball.

Pickleball is a fast-paced, competitive game that requires very little athletic ability, making it accessible to just about everyone. You don’t need any previous experience to jump right into a game, and it’s perfect for players of all ages.

The Basic Rules of Pickleball

To begin, players will position themselves on opposite sides of the court. One player will serve the ball underhand, diagonally to their opponent on the other side of the net. The ball must be hit below waist level and it must bounce once before the opposing player can hit it back.

The players continue to hit the ball back and forth until one misses. Only the serving player can score a point. If a point is scored, the serving team will switch places, with the server moving from right to left.

There’s also a “no-volley” zone, which is dubbed “the kitchen.” This is a space that spans seven feet from each side of the net. Players are not allowed to volley the ball within this zone.

The first team to reach 11 points with a two-point margin (meaning you have at least two points more than the opposing side) is the winner.   

Still with us? While these rules may seem a bit confusing, once you play a game or two, you’ll see just how easy it is.

Start Enjoying the Benefits of Playing Pickleball

Not only is pickleball a fun social activity, but it can also help improve your agility and hand-eye coordination. The exercise you’ll receive while playing can increase muscle strength and function, and spending time outdoors with friends may minimize depression.

Tara Golf & Country Club has Pickleball Courts at the Terrace, so you can meet up with your friends and try it out for yourself. Not a member yet? Now is the perfect time to join! Contact us to learn more.

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