Would it be rude to answer that question with “By the average age of the player?” Maybe I can say that because many of my tennis friends are spending more and more of their time playing pickleball instead of tennis and if they are my friends they may be the ones helping to skew the age averages! Though after researching this a little I might have discovered that my friends are not skewing the averages as much as I thought! While I personally do not understand their newfound love of pickleball, I am intrigued by it.
I tried playing pickleball one time. I took my tennis partner to play it for her birthday. Neither of us had ever played before but luckily there were some people playing who were happy to teach us. While I do not remember exactly all of the rules I do remember we had fun.
Tennis is an outdoor sport for me. I do not have a membership to any indoor tennis facilities. But living in north Texas we get to play outdoors most of the year, though November through March can have a lot of iffy weather days. Pickleball has many more accessible indoor courts, mostly because the size of the pickleball court is much smaller and park districts have been able to put them into their already existing basketball gyms. That way it is accessible to the general public and it is not nearly so pricy to play indoors as tennis.
Now to really address what the difference is between pickleball and tennis. Some players describe pickleball as a combination of tennis and badminton with a touch or Ping-Pong. This ball-and-paddle game is played on a badminton-sized court where the net has been lowered to 34 inches at the center, more like tennis. The paddles are wood or composite, and are about twice the size of a Ping-Pong paddle. It is played with a plastic, perforated ball (much like a Whiffle ball).
In my research for this blog I did not see anything about pickleball attire. When I played my one and only time it seemed to me that everyone playing wore the usual gym attire. While that may be handy there is something to be said for a sport that has an entire line of attire just for it, and shoes named for it too, not to mention the accessorizing. I for one find accessorizing with my Wristpect Sport wristbands an integral part of my tennis game. But for real, I can find choosing my water bottle or towel an integral part of my game! (Ask my tennis partner; it is true!)
If you are reading this and if somehow you decide to try pickleball, don’t forget to wear your Wristpect Sport wristbands. Not only will you set yourself apart for the rest of the playing field you will look fabulous as you attempt to play brilliantly and that is never a bad thing!