What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a hybrid sport similar to tennis, table tennis and badminton that uses paddles and a ball similar to a wiffle ball. The sport dates back to 1965.
How It's Played
Pickleball can feature singles and doubles in the same manner as tennis. Games are played to 11 points on a surface similar to a badminton court.
1) One bounce per side
2) Serve can't land in 'The Kitchen'
3) Serves must be done diagonally
4) Only the serving player/team can win a point
A major difference in pickleball is 'The Kitchen' or no volley area. Players can enter 'The Kitchen' to return a ball but they can't volley inside the rectangle.
Insane U.S. Growth
Pickleball is played in all 50 U.S. states with over 38,000 courts estimated. Nearly 5 million pickleballers compete nationwide recreationally and competitively.
Pickleball is easier for players to pick up than tennis because it's a slower pace and games typically take 15-30 minutes. All ages can play pickleball as well.
Pickleball paddles are smaller than tennis racquets both in terms of head size and grip length. Most paddles are 16 inches long and 8 inches wide.
USA Pickleball uses a scale of 1.0 to 5.0 to rate players' abilities. Pro players' ratings typically exceed 5.5 ratings based on tournament results.
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