Hosted by: Tony Roig | August 4, 2023 |

#151- Mailbag Episode – The Open Play Blues and Mixed Troubles

In this Mailbag Episode, we are going to cover 5 really interesting areas:

1.     What happens when you maybe are viewed as having stayed behind your friend?
We want to play with better players which is great but let’s also remember to play with the players who are not yet where we are. Let’s lead that ladder down and help them climb up those rugs on the ladder.
2.     How to play with a significant other when there is a disparity in level
When you’re heading out to the courts,  preset yourself to be ready for your significant other to hit a nice shot and for you to be able to look across the net and just be able to say, That’s a great shot!
3.     Keeping track of rules changes – or what should we focus on?
One rule recently was the elimination of the pre spun ball on the serve- that was a big change.
4.     An amazing story of partial recovery from a serious physical ailment through pickleball
5.     The Open Play Blues – you are not going to want to miss this advice
00:00- Remembering Your Friends: Mailbag Episode on Pickleball Therapy
04:55- Playing Pickleball With Your Significant Other: Advice From a 3.5 Plus Women’s Player
09:27- Navigating Partner Play With Your Significant Other in Pickleball
14:23- The Benefits of Playing Pickleball: How Exercise and Motion can Help with Osteoporosis
18:58- Developing a Soft Game in a High-Energy Environment
23:25- Advancing Your Pickleball Skills in an Uneven Group
28:06- Play Smarter Pickleball: How to Get More Balls Sent Your Way
If you like a video format better, check out the YouTube video of this episode here: Mailbag Episode – The Open Play Blues and Mixed Troubles- Episode 151
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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.