Tag: pickleball

Relishing Pickleball Across the Nation

David Zapatka 2020 Pickleball Rocks Players of the Year 2020 was a crazy year. Many pickleball tournaments were cancelled. Public pickleball courts were closed and padlocked. That being said, Arizona pickleball players found ways to safely play, and even through the pandemic, new players found pickleball in record numbers. For 2020, Pickleball Rocks Clothing and…

Beginner Pickleball Lessons Reaches 100 New Players!

Front row: Cristina Campbell; middle row (left to right): Joe Murauskis and Steve Arthur; back row: Gerard Wittman

Doris Betuel Open to all homeowners, the Robson Ranch Pickleball Club (RRPC) has been providing free beginner pickleball lessons to any and all players. This program was started a few years ago and most recently has been led by Steve Arthur, long time RRPC member and avid pickleball player. Even with the challenges of COVID…

Relishing Pickleball: Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them Part 2

David Zapatka This ‘12-common-mistakes’ column recently began after playing with some very excited, highly motivated, new pickleball players at our community courts. After playing a couple games, this question was posed to me: “What should we do to improve and become 3.5 players?” Last month we reviewed the first two mistakes. This month we take a look…

Relishing Pickleball: Dink Responsibly

David Zapatka Often called the most important shot in all of pickleball, the dink is the critical shot aspiring players must learn to improve their game. The dink is a shot hit slowly and softly into the opponents’ non-volley zone as close to the net as possible. If the opponent hits this ball hard, it…

Fused Glass Jane of All Trades!

Mary Beth Smith Doris Betuel and her husband Ken have lived at Robson Ranch for a little over four years. They have a menagerie of two dogs, two horses, and a miniature donkey. The horses and donkey followed them from Oregon where they lived for 21 years. In Oregon, she was a Human Resources manager…

Relishing Pickleball: The Overhead Smash

David Zapatka When your opponent hits the ball high in the air, above your shoulders, think overhead smash! The smash is one of the most fun shots in all of pickleball. It ends rallies with an exclamation point. Execute this fun, rally-ending shot, using these seven steps. 1. Use many small steps to position your…