😵 A filthy 4th shot Erne. What?!

Plus, Denver to close all outside courts, the simple trick to stop popping the ball up, and more...

Pickleheads Newsletter

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Welcome back to the latest edition of The Pickleheads Newsletter!

In this issue:

😵 A filthy 4th shot cross-court Erne. What?!
🤦‍♂️ The simple trick to stop popping up the ball
😤 Denver to close all outside courts?
🎾 Former tennis world #1 taking pickleball to new heights

Epic point of the week

A filthy 4th shot Erne. What?! 😵‍💫 

This edition of The Pickleheads Newsletter features not 1 – but 2 – subscriber submitted epic points!

The best bit? Eric and Stefano, who submitted these points this week, you’ve both got an exclusive Pickleheads t-shirt on its way to you 🤘 

Our first epic point of week, submitted by Stefano C., is a short one but that’s because the point ends on a filthy 4th-shot cross-court Erne. What?! 🤯

His opponents barely move…

To check them out, click the images ▶️

Your second clip this week, submitted by Eric R., features 42 shots.

Plus, some crazy resets and incredible gets in the kitchen!

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

The simple trick to stop popping up the ball

Rahul, Pickleheads community manager and APP Top 150 player is back once again with this week’s top tip…

We’ve listened to your feedback and switched things up this week. If you’d like to see a 60-second video of Rahul walking you through the tip click the video below 👇

If not, read on…

Struggling with popping up your dinks or consistently resetting the ball?

99% of the time, pop ups occur because your grip is too tight on the paddle.

Try loosening your grip.

A good rule of thumb is to use a scale of 5. We grip the paddle at 4 and 5 when we drive and serve the ball.

We want to grip the paddle at around 2 and sometimes even 1 when we dink and reset, so we can have that soft touch and have the ball just bounce off the paddle perfectly into the kitchen.

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

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Quick Hitters

🎾 Former Tennis World #1, Kim Clijsters, taking pickleball to new heights

The former world Tennis No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam winner discusses her journey from casual player to investor, as well as the challenges that still lie ahead for pickleball – here.

📺 Pickleballtv streaming service launches on Amazon Freevee, FuboTV

Tennis Channel and the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association have served up a new streaming service dedicated to pickleball. Read more about it – here.

🎮 Game On! The PPA Tour teases new pickleball video game

This week, The PPA Tour dropped a hint for an upcoming pickleball video game, a collaborative project with the game developer Farsight.

Check out Jay Devilliers playing against his virtual self at the National Championships a few days ago – here.

Denver to close all outside pickleball courts?

Imagine the pop-pop-pop of your local pickleball court falling silent. Scary, right?

Well, that's what's happened recently at Denver's Eisenhower Park!

Denver Parks and Recreation recently closed outdoor courts due to noise complaints. Sparking a debate between players and concerned locals.

But, why? This decision, focused on appeasing nearby residents, has angered players (and rightfully so!). Denver Parks and Rec is trying to find a solution.. But the question is, is this fair?

Dedicated players like David Selzer and Adrian Zarzycki are skeptical about the decision. Emphasizing that pickleball is a sport. NOT a nuisance.

As a solution, Denver Parks and Rec extended indoor pickleball hours at the Eisenhower Recreation Center. They are also looking for different locations for courts away from residential areas.

Despite these efforts, the pickleball community at Eisenhower Park faces a big loss. As of November 6th, outside courts are now closed. Not fair for those who rely on the sport for exercise, enjoyment and social interaction.

More concerning, this isn’t the first time pickleball courts have been closed in Denver due to noise complaints! Is this a trend that could threaten all of Denver’s outdoor courts?

What’s your take, Pickleheads? Share your thoughts…

Has this happened at courts near you? What's your take on the city's decision? Can indoor play truly replace the outdoor pickleball experience?

For the love of the game, let’s hope we can find a resolution, together.

New: Find games when you travel with vacation mode

Traveling this holiday season? The NEW Pickleheads App now has vacation mode to help you find games wherever you go.

Our team has scoured the internet to find 4,400 open play schedules across the US and CA. With vacation mode, you can find nearby games wherever your travels take you.

Just flip it on and start browsing nearby games.

This feature is available for free in the new Pickleheads app for iOS and Android!

Download now for free: pickleheads.com/app 

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The Lakes Country Club, CA

The Lakes Country Club, Palm Desert, California, in the Coachella Valley proudly claims the title of "America's home for Pickleball. And they make a strong claim for that title…

Boasting nine beautiful dedicated pickleball courts, plus captivating views of the nearby mountains, it's a haven for pickleball lovers..

How’d you like to play with this as your backdrop?

We sure would…😍

Gear We Love

The filthiest paddle I’ve ever played with

Brandon here, co-founder of Pickleheads. I tested over 35 pickleball paddles in 2023 so far.

There are soooo many good ones. But there’s one paddle that fits my game better than any other.

And it’s simply the most fun paddle I’ve ever played with…

The Bread & Butter Filth.

This paddle has a ton of pop and power. And I see why they named it The Filth… it hits shots I can only describe as “filthy.”

Throw in the cool paddle design, fun brand, awesome packaging, AND affordable price and I’m calling Bread & Butter my fav new pickleball brand of 2023.

The founders are good people too. Doug hooked up Pickleheads subscribers with an exclusive 15% off discount (just use code Pickleheads15). That’s a sweet deal, almost every other paddle company caps us at 10%.

I hope you have as much fun with the Filth as I do.

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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 two weeks a 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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