Pickleball Diary

My Pickleball Journey: Key Lessons Learned So Far

Days 1-3: Learning the Basics

On days 1-3, I was introduced to the game of pickleball and learned the basics, including the rules, scoring, and how to hold the paddle. I also discovered that pickleball requires a lot of movement, and I quickly realized the importance of proper footwear.

Days 4-6: Developing Technique

On days 4-6, I focused on developing my technique. I learned the proper footwork and how to hit the ball with the correct form. I also learned that pickleball is a game of finesse and strategy, and that being able to control the ball is key to winning matches.

Day 7-8: Playing with More Experienced Players

On days 7-8, I played with more experienced players, which taught me the importance of patience and observation. I watched their movements and techniques, and tried to incorporate them into my own game. I also learned the value of playing with players of different skill levels, as it allowed me to adapt to different playing styles.

Day 9-11: The Importance of Stretching

On days 9-11, I discovered the importance of stretching before playing pickleball. I suffered an injury due to not properly stretching and realized that taking the time to stretch can prevent injuries and improve overall performance.

Day 12-14: Sportsmanship

On days 12-14, I focused on sportsmanship and the importance of respecting other players. I learned to celebrate my own successes without disrespecting my opponents, and also learned to acknowledge their achievements. I discovered that good sportsmanship is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes the game more enjoyable for everyone.

Day 15-18: Participating in a Tournament

On days 15-18, I had the opportunity to watch my son, AJ, participate in a pickleball tournament. Although I didn’t play, I learned a lot by watching the other players and observing their techniques. I also realized that tournaments can be a great way to improve your skills and meet other players.

Day 19-23: Watching Tennis Pros Play Pickleball

On days 19-23, I watched tennis pros play pickleball on TV and was fascinated by their ability to transition to the game. I learned that even the greatest tennis players can become great pickleball players with the right training and experience. I also continued to observe the game and make mental notes of strategies and techniques.

Day 24: Reflection

On day 24, I reflected on my journey so far and realized how much I had learned. From the basics of the game to the importance of stretching and sportsmanship, each day had taught me something new. I felt excited to continue my journey and to see where it would take me next when I am able to take the court again.


My journey into the world of pickleball has been a great learning experience. From developing my technique to learning sportsmanship and the importance of stretching, each day has taught me something new. As I continue to play and observe the game, I am excited to see what new lessons I will learn and how I will improve my skills. Whether you are a new player or an experienced one, there’s always room for growth and improvement in pickleball.

Overall, here is a summary of what I learned on my pickleball journey so far:

  • Day 1: I was introduced to the game and the basic rules.
  • Day 2: I learned the importance of proper grip and footwork.
  • Day 3-6: I practiced and focused on improving my technique.
  • Day 7-8: I learned the importance of consistency and shot selection.
  • Day 9-10: I practiced serves and returns.
  • Day 11-12: I focused on developing a strong defense and understanding court positioning.
  • Day 13: I learned about the importance of good sportsmanship and positive attitude on the court.
  • Day 14: I practiced volleying and the third shot drop.
  • Day 15: I observed a tournament and saw firsthand the competitive nature of pickleball.
  • Day 16-18: I learned the importance of communication with my partner and developing effective teamwork.
  • Day 19: I focused on developing a strong overhead smash.
  • Day 20-21: I learned how to handle different types of shots and adapt to different playing styles.
  • Day 22: I learned about the importance of stretching before playing and taking care of my body to prevent injuries.
  • Day 23: I watched tennis pros play pickleball on TV and learned about the nuances of the game.

Through my journey, I discovered that pickleball is not just a game, but a way to connect with others, stay active, and challenge myself both physically and mentally. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this experience, and I look forward to continuing my journey on the court.

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