Friday, 3 August 2007

Thursday Afternoon

Guess what? Thursday afternoon is Pickle Ball day, a day for some fun and exercise. We all headed to Thomson Community Club for some pickle ball fun. For those not in the know, pickle ball is a game played mostly indoors on a badminton court or outdoors on a badminton court. The badminton net has to be slightly lowered to compensate for the in-game physics. I prefer to play indoors because it can get rather hot during the day when playing outdoors.

Pickle ball is an exciting blend of badminton and tennis. In the game, you use an oversized paddle to hit a huge plastic white or yellow ball over the net. Pickle ball can be played as a singles game or a doubles game, but many players prefer to play doubles because it is more fun and less tiring. The game scoring is quite similar to badminton doubles scoring, where there is first service and second service followed by service over. When your opponent returns your service, the ball must bounce once before you can return the ball to your opponent. This is just one of the many rules of pickle ball. More on that later...

Pickle ball is usually played by senior citizens and retirees, but nowadays the game is also popular with youths and adults. The game is fast and furious with non-stop action, especially the volleying and smashing which can really get the adrenaline flowing and your heart pumping.

There's really nothing much more I can say about pickle ball, except that you have to play the game to experience the thrill and suspense of the game. You can play at your nearest friendly Community Club. I usually play at Thomson CC on Thursdays and Sundays. It can get really crowded on Sundays, so I suggest you play on Thursday where there are less people. Highly recommended!!!

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