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🏦 How much would your own pickleball court cost?

Plus, an outrageous epic point, how to avoid pickleball injuries, workout tips and more...

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Welcome back to the latest edition of The Pickleheads Newsletter!

In this issue:

🤯 A dive, backhand dink and court-length sprint for the win
💪 Workout tip: Strengthen those wrists
🏦 How much would your own pickleball court cost?
👩‍⚕️How to avoid pickleball injuries. Orthopaedic surgeon offers advice

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Epic point of the week

A dive, backhand dink and court length sprint for the win!

Unbelievable! This week’s epic point is truly outrageous!

Uploaded to Instagram by roseannheimpickleball, this point features a dive at the net, a backhand dink from the floor, and a court length sprint to win the point.

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!

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Level Up

Workout tip: Strengthen those wrists!

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

You all loved his last video tip, so we’ve run with it again! If you’d like to see a 30-second video of Rahul walking you through this week’s tip click the video below 👇

If not, read on…

Ben John’s signature flick. Looks brilliant on TV. You try to recreate it and BOOM into the net. BOOM the ball sails 50 feet out!

By the time you’re all finished, you haven’t figured out the shot. Plus, your wrist is pretty sore.

The thing is, whether it's something as advanced as a flick, or something as simple as a dink…

The key to all these shots is your wrist strength!

In addition to your game, it’s important to work on both your mobility and strength.

To increase wrist strength, start with sets and reps of wrist curls and banded claws.

For banded claws, take a rubber band, place it around your fingers, and stretch as far as you can and then return to resting position.

After that, move on to weighted exercises with smaller dumbbells. Try weighted wrist curls, hammer curls, reverse wrist curls, kettlebell swings, and farmer’s carries.

Finally, you can end the workout with a pull up bar hang, or planks/push-ups.

A combination of these sets will make your wrists very strong. Leveling up your game and nailing Ben’s signature flick.

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

Quick Hitters

🎾 “Pickleball? I love it!”, Venus Williams

Venus Williams recently added her name to the list of retired tennis stars getting into pickleball for some fun and a good payday.

In this article, Williams lays down her thoughts on the pickleball frenzy as it continues to outclass tennis in popularity – here.

🙄 John McEnroe promotes pickleball but says tennis will always be king

Last week, McEnroe and retired NFL quarterback Drew Brees faced off on a makeshift pickleball court to promote OWL Sport, a new-to-the-scene pickleball brand.

McEnroe’s loyalties, however, are clear. Read more about it – here.

🤕 How to avoid getting pickleball injuries. Orthopaedic surgeon offers advice

Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Christina Kabbash discusses the most common pickleball injuries and how to avoid them – here.

How much would your own pickleball court cost?

Ever dream of having a pickleball court in your own backyard?

Maybe, you’re expecting a Clark Griswold moment this year. Eagerly awaiting your Christmas bonus to build the backyard pickleball court of your dreams.

And if you get our movie reference above (Chevy Chase, Christmas Vacation anyone??), let’s hope you actually get a Christmas bonus…

“But HOW much does it cost!?” I hear you ask, well let’s break it down real quick…

According to the experts, the key to the perfect court is to start with a vacant flat surface, ideally 30 ft wide and 60 ft long. Anywhere spring to mind?

Building from scratch involves preparing the land to create an almost flat surface with a subtle 1% slope (to prevent water pooling, duh!)

Then, installing the subsurface (concrete, asphalt, or another material), painting lines, and acquiring the accessories (nets, paddle racks, and benches etc).

The total estimated cost? A cool $20,000 to $50,000. But hey, can you really put a price on endless pickleball games…?

If you don’t have a spare 50k knocking around – don’t count yourself out just yet. If you're fortunate enough to have an existing tennis court, you're in luck!

With the right adjustments—newly painted lines and adjustable nets—you can fit up to four pickleball courts on just ONE tennis court.

The conversion cost? A much lighter $5,000 to $20,000.

If you’re looking to take a step closer to building your dream court, Sport Court has a nifty local court builder finder.

Whether you're eyeing up your backyard, driveway, or an unused patio, your dreams of a pickleball court at home could soon become a reality.

And who doesn’t want to say, “next game at mine?”

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 PickleBarn, WA

😍 Wow! This dream court came to be when a family in Washington State recently converted the loft of their hay barn into multi-use pickleball and basketball courts.

The barn even dates back to 1901.

For all you keen-eyed readers, you’ll notice it’s a little tight behind the baseline. But, as 2TallBill says, “it’s just too cool” not to be mentioned here.

With just 3 feet past the backline, imagine trying to return against a hard, topspin server. Not fun, right?

What do you think? Would you put up with a tighter space knowing you can pop upstairs for a game in a cool space like this whenever you wanted?

We sure would! 😍

Gear We Love

The Paddle of the Year

Brandon here, co-founder of Pickleheads. Here’s a question I get all the time… what is the best paddle?

Loaded question. The best for me might not be the best for you.

Ya ya… but what is the best paddle this year?!

Okay if I had to pick one it would be… The Six Zero Double Black Diamond Control (DBD).

I say that because this paddle really does it all.

It hits like a rocket. Spins hard. Is light in the hands. Has a surprisingly large sweetspot. Control to boot.

I could go on and on but here’s the thing – every paddle claims to have the “perfect blend of power, control and spin.”

Well this is one of the few I tested that actually does.

I spoke with the founder a few months ago and he said they spent 18 months designing every aspect of this paddle.

It shows. There’s a reason this paddle was sold out most of 2023.

If the DBD was $250 I’d call it a great buy. But at $180 – and $162 after code PICKLEHEADS – I’m calling it a really good deal on the paddle of the year.

If you’re looking for an all-rounder to level up your game, give this one a look.

** Save 10% with code PICKLHEADS auto-applied

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are over 😥

Well all except one… CRBN.

They have extended their massive 25% off Black Friday deal all the way until December 3rd. That’s this Sunday - making today and this weekend your last chance to grab the deal

CRBN also happens to be one of my favorite brands in pickleball.

Just about everything they make is top-notch and I picked their CRBN-3X as my #2 best overall paddle this year.

The only complaint I have about CRBN honestly is that their stuff is pricey. Worth it, but pricey.

Well I’ve never seen them do a deal this big – or for this long. You can grab any of their power series for just over $170, which is right where many of the top budget carbon paddles are priced.

And it’s not just paddles. I think CRBN makes the best bags in pickleball and I use their pro team backpack personally. I also just learned they make a dog toy too 🤣

This is a good chance to snag a gift for that special someone (or for you!) if you missed the Black Friday deals.

Shop their store or check out my favorites below 👇

CRBN-3X

$229.99 $172.49

This is my #2 overall paddle this year. I use it every week – it hits like a cannon but has a responsive feel you don’t get from other paddles.

CRBN Pro Team Backpack

$109.99 $82.49

I love this bag – it’s light and spacious. It can hold 6 paddles, 2 water bottles, balls, sweatshirts and a bike lock. At least that’s what I pack in it every morning!

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