Pickleball fever sweeps New Jersey: Where to ‘dink responsibly’
Hey there, fellow pickleball enthusiasts — are you curious about this exciting sport taking the world by storm? Picture a game that combines the best elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.
That's pickleball for you. You can play pickleball inside or outside on a court similar in size to a badminton court, with a slightly changed tennis net.
Instead of a racket, you use a paddle, and the ball is made of plastic with holes in it (like a whiffleball).
The other day, I watched a pickleball match on TV, and my wife couldn't help but roll her eyes at me.
But hey, the match was between none other than Andre Agassi and John McEnroe! It was fun to see these tennis legends trying their hand at pickleball.
It got me even more excited to give the sport a try myself.
Pickleball is on the rise here in New Jersey, and we've got the perfect resource for all your pickleball needs: newjerseypickleball.com.
This fantastic website has everything you want to know about pickleball in the Garden State. From court locations to tournament updates, it's a one-stop shop for pickleball enthusiasts.
One thing that makes pickleball so appealing is that it can be enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.
Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just starting, pickleball offers a fun and inclusive experience.
It's similar to tennis but played on smaller courts at a slower pace, making it accessible for everyone.
Like any sport, it's important to be mindful of certain things.
Lately, older players have experienced more injuries, which caught the attention of United Healthcare. They investigated the rise in insurance claims among this age group and found that pickleball was the cause.
With its popularity, especially among seniors, it could result in $377 million in medical costs this year, mainly for hip and knee procedures.
So, while having fun on the court is essential, let's prioritize safety and take care of ourselves.
If you're feeling inspired and want to give pickleball a shot, check out newjerseypickleball.com for all the details.
And if you're in Monmouth or Ocean counties, how about a game at Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Gille Park, or Sands Point Park?
So, grab your paddle, find a court near you and join the pickleball craze.
It's a game that's fun, exciting and bound to bring a smile to your face.