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Updated: Jun 28, 2023

Older men and older women in America are reconnecting with their youth and playing pickleball, a new dialed down, fast action, close quarter in your face Wiffle Ball version of tennis. And this dialed down version of tennis can get very intense and high pressure as per some of my more athletic and competitive friends attest.

And this relatively new sport is quickly growing in popularity as more and more Americans both play and even promote and invest in it. This is how an aging demographic stays young, vibrant and competitive. America is getting older.

"Nobody quite knows why pickleball is called pickleball. Some stories say that it was named after the founders’ family dog, Pickles, who kept running off with the ball."

"Others that Pickles was born two years after the game’s inception and that the name is instead a reference to a pickle-boat – the boat in a race composed of leftover crews from other teams – like pickleball itself with its patchwork assortment of equipment and rules borrowed from tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Complete with its quirky name, this eccentric sport has begun to enter American mainstream culture and become the new thing."

But like all things there is a cost. JGL 6/27/23

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Jun 27, 2023
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I wonder where the name comes from?

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