The “Soft” Game of Pickleball

I had the opportunity to observe lots of pickleball last weekend at the Palm Creek Tournament in Casa Grand, Arizona.  I’ve seen this tournament about every year.  It seemed obvious to me that the overall calibre of play was far superior to that in the tournament a year ago.  More and more players at all levels of skill are using what’s called the “soft” game - that of dropping the ball over the net softly; and then a series of dinks back and forth until someone dinks it too high at which time it is smashed back for a winner.  This game of finesse is exciting to watch!  Too many beginners of the game, especially men, think it’s a power game with hard hit ground strokes and banging away at the net.  I can only hope that those players have the opportunity to see how the game is supposed to be played!

One Response to “The “Soft” Game of Pickleball”

  1. Barney on 22 Mar 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Whole heartedly agree. Our Fun in the Sun tournament last week run by Mike Johnson and Martha Wasserman was a prime example. Players from 13 States and Canada and the level of play was exciting and the short game was prominent. Wonderful weather, wonderful play and very well run tournament in Sun City West, Az.

    Watching Pat Kane and Al Hagar work the soft game for gold in most tournaments is a real treat.

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