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Tony Roig
Tony Roig

Do You Need the Sprinkles On The Ice Cream To Be Happy?

Sometimes we lose sight of the bowl of ice cream that we have in front of us. We did not get sprinkles, or fudge, or whipped cream in our ice cream. Does that make the bowl of ice cream any less delicious? Reframing our relationship with pickleball can help us not only feel better about our games. It can make the difference in how we play on the court. Keeping a healthy mind is your most powerful ally when you play.

In the riff, I share some thoughts about those points that can change a game. Sometimes you are up and just lose that little bit to focus. Next thing you know you lost the game. Sometimes you are behind but with a bit of focus you can snatch victory fro the jaws of defeat. Understanding these pivotal points in a game can make all the difference.

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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.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar photo Denise Mitchell on October 30, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I loved both concepts …. ice cream and pivot point. Usually I can focus on MY game, but let’s face it. This doesn’t always work because I can get pulled into playing my opponents type of game. THUS I now have another tool … ice cream.
    Pivot point …. I played recently with a guy whom I haven’t played pickleball with in 6 months. We were losing 3-8. He said “oh no, I’m going to lose another game”. My reply was “nope … we have PLENTY of time”. I worked at EACH shot and soon so was he. We won 11-8. The other team couldn’t believe it. This happens in sports everywhere … never give up, keep on pickling ……

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