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🙇‍♂️ Ignatowich take ANOTHER bow!

Plus, can pickleball, tennis and padel co-exist, how to keep your mental game steady, and more...

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Hey there reader,

Welcome back to the Pickleheads Newsletter!

In this issue:

🙇‍♂️ Ignatowich take ANOTHER bow!
🤾‍♀️ How to win with your mental game
🚨 Beware! Pickleball addiction may affect you or loved ones
🧐 Can tennis, pickleball and padel co-exist?
Epic point of the week

🙇‍♂️ Ignatowich take ANOTHER bow!

Y’all know we usually keep our epic points to rec play, but this shot is just too good to go unnoticed.

You may remember James Ignatowich’s match winning shot that was featured on SportsCentre last year…

Well, he’s only gone and done it again! Just WOW! 🤩

To check out this week’s epic point, 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 🙌 

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🤾‍♀️ How to win with your mental game

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

The mental game is one of the most difficult parts of pickleball, even more so than playing!

I would argue your mental makeup is 70% of the game itself, more important than your actual skills.

When you have a good mental game, you can play your best.

Here are 3 tips on how to stay mentally steady while playing pickleball:

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#1 Take time between your serves and returns

If you’re struggling with missing balls during rallies, rather than getting frustrated, take your time between points.

Develop a routine between points to take some time off before your next serve or return.

#2 Breathe in between points

Some of the best advice I ever received is to take 3 deep breaths in between points.

This allows you to slow your heart rate and re-focus your brain on the match at hand. Rather than dwelling on your mistakes and errors.

#3 Don’t overthink!!!

Often, players think TOO much on court, whether it’s about their technique or strategy.

This overthinking causes you to tighten up and not play your best.

When you’re playing loose and focusing on the ball each time it comes to you, trust your muscle memory and drilling will take over. And you’ll play your best game.

Use these 3 points to boost your pickleball mentality and take your game to a whole new level!

Here’s a video of Rahul talking you through this week’s tip 👇

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🚨 Beware! Pickleball addiction may affect you or loved ones

If you’re reading this, you’ve either caught the pickleball bug or because you’ve lost a loved one to pickleball and want to know what the fuss is all about…

Well, this highly entertaining article from humor columnist and NYT-best-selling author, Celia Rivenbark, highlights a few home truths we can all relate to.

🧐 Can tennis, pickleball and padel co-exist?

If you speak to the folks at the French Open…they think so!

🏎️ What’s driving the pickleball phenomenon?

Who could have predicted that pickleball would suddenly explode into the world’s fastest- growing sport?

More than 36.5 million people played pickleball last year, according to the Association of Pickleball Professionals.

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Vacations, beaches and more pickleball!

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My favorite season is just around the corner – summer!

Summer, to me, means vacations, trips to the beach, and of course – more pickleball!

But that’s a lot to fit into a few months… right?

Well, imagine if you could combine all three into one experience.

Here’s the kicker…you can with a pickleball camp! They’re like mini-vacations in themselves.

And if we’re talking pickleball camps, there’s really no one better than LevelUp Pickleball Camps.

Not only do they offer camps for every level Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. They host them at some of the best vacation destinations in the country.

They have upcoming summer camps in Newport Beach, CA, Ocean City, MD and Virginia Beach to name a few.

Plus, you can save $30 on each booking with the code PICKLEHEADS30, that’s a pretty sweet deal right there!

Click the link below to find out all the locations of their nationwide camps. 👇🏻

Be quick though, I just checked… a few are already sold out this summer.

**Use code PICKLEHEADS30 for $30 off**

NEW: Instantly chat with players at courts you follow

Two weeks ago we launched court chat, the easiest way to connect with nearby players!

Follow a court, and you can now chat with everyone who plays there:

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This is perfect if you’re traveling or exploring new courts in your area.

Just hop in the court chat to confirm open play times or find games at your level:

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No more hunting for local Facebook groups, TeamReach codes or GroupMe invites.

Click follow on any court page and you’ll be automatically added to a group chat with other players who follow that court.

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The Montecito Pickleball Mansion, Santa Barbara, CA

The Montecito Pickleball Mansion, Santa Barbara, CA

You’ll find this week’s Dream Court in Santa Barbara. 

This mansion comes with not only a private pickleball court and pool too, it’s also just a stone's throw from the beach too!

Plus, we hear this is Prince Harry and Meghan’s neighborhood. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t an AirBnB but it’s worth checking out the rest of the photos of this insane property on Instagram. 

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I get asked every week for paddle recs but it’s hard without knowing your playstyle and needs…

So enter the quiz - answer 7 quick questions and I’ll recommend the 3 best for you. I tested over 100 paddles over the last year but only pick from the top 30.

Are you playing with the best paddle for your game? Find out below 👇

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My new favorite paddle in 2024

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I named the Six Zero DBD the best overall paddle in 2024.

I still think that BUT… I like the new Six Zero DBD Infinity even better for my game 😱

This paddle is the fastest I’ve ever played with. I have slow hands but with the Infinity, I’m finally winning hands battles.

Unlike other lighter paddles, though, you don’t lose anything on power (it’s just a touch shy of the original DBD). And the spin is really, really good.

The paddle can do a little of everything and for me, makes the case for the best paddle of the year so far. I can’t get enough of playing with it.

If you do try it out, grab 10% off with my code PICKLEHEADS. See you on the courts!

** 10% off code PICKLEHEADS auto-applied with the link above

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