The latest addition to the lifestyle-enhancing amenities at Bridgewater is the Pickleball courts. Considered to be the fasting growing sport in the US, many might wonder what exactly is Pickleball?
Zero, zero start, dinking, serving and kitchen are words that soon will be heard as Bridgewater residents get ready for our two new pickleball courts to open. Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It typically is played as doubles but can be played as singles as well. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, similar to a whiffle ball. Pickleball is more about placement than power like loft service returns deep and dink softly. These are two skills in the game that will help you win. In Pickleball, the serve must be made underhand and hit diagonally crosscourt like tennis. The ball must bounce once before receiver can return and then the ball must bounce once on the serving side before returning. After that, the ball does not need to bounce before hitting.
Whenyou look at the pickleball courts, you will see two servicearea boxes and a 7-foot section closest to the net. This section is the non-volley section referred to as the “kitchen.” You can only enter the kitchen if a ball lands in it, but you must immediately retreat from it before the ball is returned to you. You will want to stand close to that line to have the best strategy in returning the ball. When holding your paddle, keep it near your chest as your reaction time will be quicker. There are more rules and many tips that can be found on usapickleball.org – so, grab a paddle and ball and see you on the courts!