Pickleball Revolution: What is Pickleball?

By Mark Anders, Head Pickleball Pro at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Some people think that pickleball is a game for “old people” or for people “who can’t play tennis anymore.” I’ve heard tennis friends disparagingly describe it as “not a real sport.”

I understand these sentiments, being a fully addicted “tennisholic” for most of my adult life, but the attraction of this game goes well beyond the feeble and the unable. Those that look beyond the edge of their nose and venture out on our courts to give the game a try, quickly discern that pickleball is easy to learn, very social, much more aerobic than they thought and FUN, FUN, FUN!

Pickleball is not a replacement for tennis. In fact, I bristle when people say that it’s tennis-like. It is more akin to playing ping-pong standing on the table than anything I’ve ever played. Who in their right mind could imagine that such a game could be anything but fun?

I chuckle when families walk by our courts and the kids and grandparents shout with glee, “They’ve got pickleball!” while their tennis-playing parents ask, “What is pickleball?”

Come take one of our clinics today and join the revolution!

To learn more about Pickleball offerings at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or to better your game with a clinic or lesson, contact Head Pickleball Pro Mark Anders at (866) 242-3169 or visit palmettodunes.com. Complimentary tennis activities at the resort include a Monday Night Welcome Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. and Demo Days on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.