Looking for places to play pickleball and people to play with?
There is an app for that.
PicklePlay is an app that helps you find courses near you (or anywhere you go), locate clubs, find out about events, and connect with players who match your skillset.
You can create groups with other players to schedule games, keep in touch, or even talk some junk before your next game.
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The app also lets you review pickleball courts and read other people’s reviews. It provides maps and directions, and in some cases even phone numbers for courts.
Also, you can use it to organize pickleball games and events with your club or community.
The PicklePlay app has a “newsfeed” that includes updates from The Dink, a pickleball blog. For example, Friday’s News Feed brought me the latest issue of The Dink newsletter, which led me to a video tweet of NBA star Kevin Durant playing pickleball. I also checked out newly released APP tour dates and read up on upcoming 2023 rules that will most likely ban one-handed spin serves. Things You Might Need to Know!
When you create a profile, you can specify your level of play, your location, and the days and times you want to play. Others can find you and sign up to meet you.
The app is available for both iPhone and Android.
There are a few other similar apps on the market, including Pickle Connect and an app version of USA Pickleball’s Places2Play website.
Pickle Connect has many of the same features as PicklePlay. It does have a few other nifty things though, like showing off “pickleball vacation” ideas (including homes you can rent with private spots!). And a search function for local trainers.
Pickle Pro is an app that allows you to save your game scores and track your stats. And Pickleball FYI is an app that explains all the basics of the game, defines key terms and helps you settle disputes in court about rules. The app also provides tips on game etiquette. A nice feature is that it gives you ideas for exercises.
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Coach Mary’s Tip of the Week: Offensive Lobs
Beginners often jump out and hit lobs off the baseline if they don’t move their feet to get into position. We’ll get into that in another lesson. Today we look at the offensive lob from the non-volley zone or kitchen. This is a great tool to take your opponent off the net!
Simone Jardim has an excellent video for this recording, check it out at youtu.be/wxOAYGicRzQ
Here are some important tips:
- Offensive lobs are executed from the kitchen.
- Keep your paddle face open – dress up the shot, make it look like a dink. Follow through up and down.
- Lead with your knuckles
- Up and down, stretch with bent knees
- Take your time and lift
- Carry the ball over your opponent
- Push your weight forward
- The ball should be in front of you. If the ball is too far behind you, don’t try the offensive lob.
- soft hands
- Relaxed, relaxed wrist, avoid snapping