The high level of the game is a dinking game let's say somebody hits me here then i'll hit a dink like that that's a really good thing there's a lot of boom boom boom i started playing pickleball more than 50 years ago would have been some time not long after it's invented and my dad was a good friend with three.

Families out on cambridge island when their kids were idle they took a badminton court the small tennis net wood paddles and then the wiffle ball and invented pickleball it's a little bit like tennis you have forehand backhand the serve is a really simple underhand.

Serve it's just easy to learn people say that about lots of sports but in the case of pickleball it is true you see people super young super old it's so easy to say to somebody you've never played before come out and play it was completely localized to seattle so it's kind of stunning that 50 years.

After it's invented it starts to take off and now has incredible momentum go on youtube you get a whole number of lessons great matches tactics and strategies it's quite a sophisticated game my family's played a lot of pickleball so when people beat us we're like what.

It's a game it's fun it's definitely a game of concentration which is why it's distracting from whatever else is going on
I’ve been a little stunned—and delighted—by the sudden popularity of one of my favorite pastimes, a game with a funny name and strange terminology, such as, “dink,” “kitchen,” and “skinny singles.” I’m talking about pickleball. It’s best described as a mash up of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. I’ve been a “Pickler,” as people obsessed with the game like me are known, for more than 50 years. Largely confined to the Pacific Northwest for decades, pickleball has now emerged as America’s fastest-growing sport. Learn more at