A 59-shot epic point 🤩

Plus: how to get the ball back like a pro, RIP Matthew Perry and more

Pickleheads Newsletter

Hey there reader 👋

Welcome back to the latest edition of The Pickleheads Newsletter!

In this issue:

🤩 Our first ‘Epic Point’ submission – featuring 59 shots!
🎾 How the pros get the ball back every time
😲 Get paid to play pickleball at work? Tell me more…
😥 RIP Matthew Perry. He loved pickleball and played on his last day.

Epic point of the week

59-shot epic point

That’s right! It’s edition two of the Pickleheads Newsletter, and we already have our first subscriber submitted epic point…👏

Submitted by Jess, Matt, Parker, JD ‘Brown Panther’, Alex and Gerald, this week’s epic point was displayed in a 4.0-4.5 team tournament held at Sarah Van de Burg Tennis Centre, FL.

This point, in the Gold Medal match, featured 59 shots, with the final score 8-11. Enjoy!

To check it out, click the image ▶️

Have a filthy point caught on cam? 📸

Reply to this email or submit yours to [email protected]. The most epic one will feature in next week’s newsletter!

AND if we pick your submission, we'll send you a free Pickleheads t-shirt 🙌

Level Up

How the pros get the ball back every time

Here’s Rahul, Pickleheads community manager and APP Top 150 player with this week’s top tip:

Well, it doesn't matter what level you are at…all it takes is one simple trick to take your shots from subpar to superb!

The trick? BEND YOUR KNEES and GET LOW! When it comes to slight margins and errors in your game, bending your knees and staying low on your dinks, resets, drops, and even drives makes all the difference.

When you don’t bend your knees, you tend to bend at your back which means your shots will often either pop up or go into the net.

If you make a lot of errors, I bet bending your knees and getting lower will eliminate 80% of them.

Try this tip out over the next week and let us know how it works for you by replying to this email.

Gear We Love


Brandon and the CRBN-3X

Brandon here, co-founder of Pickleheads. I tested over 30 pickleball paddles in 2023 (hard work, right?!). Some weeks I’m testing 2, 3 even 4 new paddles at a time.

But there’s one paddle I just keep coming back to – the CRBN-3X.

CRBN was first in the raw carbon trend and they’re still at the top in my book. I just love the power, spin and responsive feel I get with the Power Series. I recommend the 3X to every intermediate player who asks.

I’ve also met Garrett & Kyle, the CRBN founders and they are great guys. I’m stoked they offered Pickleheads subscribers an exclusive 10% off discount.

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Quick Hitters

💰Lil Wayne joins Major League Pickleball team as investor and advisor

Grammy-award winning rapper Lil Wayne has just joined the MLP as part owner and strategic advisor. Which team is he backing? Find out here.

🏋️‍♂️ Could this be the year pickleball becomes an olympic sport?

We all want to know… when will pickleball be in the Olympics? Find out which year we could expect to see pickleball recognized as an Olympic sport here.

😥 Pickleball was key to Matthew Perry ‘dealing with recovery issues’

Amidst the sad news of the Friends star’s passing, it's heartwarming to learn that he found peace in the game we all love. RIP Matthew. Read more here.

Get paid to play pickleball at work? Tell me more…

How’d you like to play pickleball while on the clock at work? Sounds crazy right?!

Well at Minneapolis-based furniture retailer Room & Board, it’s not only allowed… it’s encouraged. Room & Board's office isn't your typical 9-to-5 grind.

Their office has an indoor pickleball court built onsite – and the idea isn't a flash in the pan either. They've had it since 2013 (right alongside their in-house gym) and its popularity among staff has continued to skyrocket.

But how does it work? Well, here's the juicy bit. Room & Board want their people to work from the Minneapolis HQ at least two days a week. They've got around 350 folks stationed there, and about 50 of them are living the pickleball dream at work.

And get this, they can play it anytime during the workday, just like a casual coffee or lunch break. In fact, they even treat matches like work meetings, organizing times through email, and reserving court space like you’d book a conference room. Paddles and balls are included for all.

“Pickleball is just another outlet for people to de-stress and sweat a little," says Nancy Manley, CPO at Room & Board. Pickleball, as we know, offers mental benefits as well as physical ones.

The way Room & Board sees it – playing pickleball helps their employees stay sharp and productive during work hours. Plus, many workers report they connect with colleagues they'd usually never meet.

So… could we see many more companies picking up the pickleball mantle? If so, will YOU soon be getting paid to play? Let’s hope so…

Brookhaven Country Club

With the USA Pickleball Nationals just around the corner, it's time to shine the spotlight on the host venue, Brookhaven Country Club, as this week's Dream Court of the Week. You’ll find this club in Farmers Branch, TX, just outside of Dallas.

Brookhaven doesn't play around, with 28 outdoor courts and an extra four undercover – just in case the weather acts up! The club invested over $5 million to get ready for Nationals and now has a combined 68 tennis, pickleball, and padel courts.

It’s a racquet sports paradise!

They keep the pickleball party going year-round with leagues, intro sessions, open play days, and this year’s USA Pickleball Nationals.

The tournament kicks off next week and runs Nov 5-12, let the fun begin. 🎾🏆

Find open play wherever you go!

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Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping! Gettin’ out of town and chasing the sun over the next couple of months? ☀️

Find open play schedules on the NEW Pickleheads App at over 3,000 courts wherever travels take you this season!

Download now for free: pickleheads.com/app 

Meet Erne: The Ultimate Drilling Partner

ERNE's not just a machine; it's the Watson to your Sherlock, the Bert to your Ernie, the pickle to your ball!

The ERNE can level up your game whether you're a Pickleball newbie or 5.0 pro. Who needs friends anyway…

The truth is most pickleball machines are just ball-feeders repurposed from tennis. The ERNE is an actual drilling partner, designed only for pickleball.

It has:

  • The largest hopper (150 balls).

  • Speeds from 10mph to 65mph for dinking and drives.

  • A smartphone app for control.

  • 24 pre-programmed drills and DIY sequences.

  • A sneaky oscillator for unpredictability.

  • 4-8 hour battery life.

  • Portability with retractable handle and removable hopper.

  • Durability with top-quality materials.

The best part we think are the custom drills. We have never seen a machine before with so many custom drills exclusive to pickleball – over 24 drills with 8 variations!

We talked with Ryan Rabidou, ERNE Co-Founder this week and he agreed to give Pickleheads readers $100 off with code PH 100. Woo hoo!

If you want to go up a level, get your Erne before their next production sells out… again 😬

Use code PH100 to save $100 on the Erne

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