Pickleball History with Jennifer Lucore

By CJ Johnson / September 12, 2020 /

Do you know there were four times that the sport of pickleball almost died? Recently Jennifer Lucore, a 17-time national champion, member of the Pickleball Hall of Fame, and co-author of The History of Pickleball-Fifty Years of Fun, stopped by Better Pickleball. Here’s what she had to say about those critical junctures. Jennifer, how do…

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Can You Play Better Pickleball WITHOUT Drilling?

By CJ Johnson / December 26, 2019 /

What if I told you that you could improve your pickleball in as little as three minutes a day without drilling? Would you be curious? When you’re over 50, whether you’re trying to win tournaments or become the best rec player you can be, it requires more than just hitting tremendous shots. Fitness counts! If…

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Teaching Pickleball and Advice Giving-A Look Through the Eyes of a Contrarian

By CJ Johnson / September 7, 2019 /

One of the things that makes teaching pickleball so much fun is there are always exceptions to the rule. It also makes receiving pickleball advice confusing.   In addition to teaching pickleball, I coach golf and skiing. In my career as both athlete and teacher, I’ve encountered a lot of advice-givers, some good coaches, and…

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What 56 FEET of Snow this Past Winter Taught Me About Pickleball

By CJ Johnson / May 17, 2019 /

As you can see in my Youtube Video’s, Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to play pickleball. What you don’t see in those videos is what happens the other six months of the year; it snows. And by most people’s standards, it snows a lot! You may be wondering why I live here. Long before…

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Top Pro Dave Weinbach Spreads Love of Pickleball

By CJ Johnson / October 13, 2018 /

By Dick Barton USAPA Member As a top professional in pickleball, Dave Weinbach, also known as The Badger, spreads the love for the game far and wide. At age 49, Weinbach competes in about 18 tournaments a year often against pros half his age and wins a lot! He also travels extensively to give clinics.…

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Play Better Pickleball by Getting to the Ball Faster

By CJ Johnson / August 31, 2016 /

If you have stepped on a pickleball court you have probably heard down the middle solves the riddle, hit at the feet you will defeat and keep your paddle up but just why and how does any of this help you play better pickleball? Today, let’s examine keep your paddle up.   Perhaps you watch…

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