Hosted by: Tony Roig | January 27, 2023 |

#123- Play Pickleball for the Reason You Play Pickleball


Why are you going out to the pickleball courts this week to play pickleball or next week or whenever you’re playing, what is it that drives you there?

Why do you play pickleball? Everybody has a different answer. Your answer may be the same as another person but it’s still your answer. Do you play it for exercise? Do you play it to stay active? To meet new friends? Or spend time with the friends you have? Is it social? A sense of community? Is it some exercise? Health?

What is the reason you play pickleball?

Because I’m going to tell you one thing. Do you know what is not your reason for playing pickleball?

Winning. Winning games.

No one out there is playing pickleball as their core reason for playing pickleball to go out and win games. Yet a lot of times, that becomes how we evaluate our play. And that can be very dangerous as we delve into in this podcast.

In the riff, I talk about those darned illegal serves. They ruin the game – or do they?

We get asked a ton of questions about illegal serves. Is this serve illegal? Does this look illegal? How about this one?

I’m not trying to make light of it, or tell you that the rules don’t matter and things like that. But here’s what I think we should consider with these types of situations illegal serves, out calls, and NVZ violations..

Here’s some of the highlights discussed:

0:00 Why Do You Play Pickleball?

2:46 The Danger of Using Winning as a Measurement

3:23 Our Brain is Hardwired to Win

6:21 How to Align Your Thinking with The Reasons You Play Pickleball

7:34 Control What You Can Control

13:39 The Riff-What About Those Illegal Serves?

14:49 Exercising Control: Letting Go of Near-Line Faults in Pickleball

19:09 Exercise Your Control: Take Responsibility for Your Pickleball Plays

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THE Pickleball System

Tyrol Pickleball Shoes

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.