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🤾 The MOST important thing to fix your drops

Plus, is Steve's Erne legal? The world’s first pickleball stadium and more

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Welcome back to the latest edition of the Pickleheads Newsletter!

In this issue:

Epic point of the week

This week’s epic point was submitted by one of our subscribers, Dina Cotterill.

Her husband Steve (the guy all in black), hits a beautiful Erne at a Men’s Doubles 4.5 charity tournament in El Segundo, CA.

But was Steve’s Erne legal? We’ll let you be the judge.

It does make it a little sweeter that the tournament raised enough to feed a lot of homeless over the holidays...and Steve took first place. 🏆

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Level Up

The MOST important thing to fix your drops

Brandon here, taking over from Rahul in this week’s Level Up.

As always though, if you’d like to see a 40-second video of Rahul walking you through this week’s tip, click the video below 👇

If not, read on…

You set up your 3rd shot drop. Here it comes – a beauty shot that lands right into the kitchen as you run up!

But oops - you popped it! Your opponent smashes it for the point. There’s nothing worse… right?

Wrong!!

The worst thing you can do is hit your drop into the net.

The reason is simple - a shot into the net is over immediately. No questions asked.

But even if you pop a drop up against a serious banger, you still have a chance to recover.

You could counter with another drop. Or a drive. Or even a sky lob (which I recommend!).

One of the biggest mistakes I see players make is they try to hit the absolute perfect drop that lands right in the kitchen, untouched.

They’re so afraid of a pop up, they hit drop after drop into the net.

That’s a bad bet!

Think of getting to the kitchen as a journey. Be prepared to hit 2, 3, even 4 drops.

If your first one isn’t perfect, no problem. Try again.

If you’re lucky, your opponent’s return will end up in the midcourt, eventually giving you an easier drop.

I now proudly say that I pop drops up all the time. But I almost never hit them into the net.

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

Quick Hitters

🏟️ The world’s first pickleball stadium Is opening in Fort Lauderdale

Slated to open this year, The Fort will feature 43 pro courts, live music, a fitness-recovery center and more.

Not just centered around the sport, visitors can also enjoy sweeping views of a 7-acre lake, live music, paddleboarding, volleyball, a dart room, golf simulators and luxury suites

😂 Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi give hilarious pickleball related dating advice

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have recently been sharing their wisdom with fans live on Instagram.

When a recent divorcee asked for advice on where to meet someone without dating, there was only one answer

🍿 ‘In a Pickle’ is the first feature film that serves up laughter and love for the pickleball community

‘In a Pickle: A Comedy with Balls’, is the brainchild of former tennis player turned pickleball enthusiast, Dan Brooks.

They’ve even roped in renowned comedy writer, Joel Boyd.

The film has a script, is in pre-production and set to release in summer of this year. Want to know more?

7 Pickleball Goals for You in 2024!

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As we step into the New Year, it's the perfect time to set some exciting goals for your pickleball journey.

Whether you're a seasoned player or just picked up a paddle, here’s a list of goals to make 2024 your best pickleball year yet!

1. Play at a New Court in your Area

It’s easy to get in the habit of playing at the same courts with the same people. But if you want to advance, take time to find new courts.

This year, find a new court or open play in your area. I always get energized when I find myself playing with a new group, especially when they’re better than me ;)

2. Visit a New State and Play Pickleball

Combine travel and pickleball. Plan a trip to a state you’ve never visited and include pickleball in your plans.

It’s a great excuse to see a new part of the country!

3. Get a Friend into Pickleball

Spread the joy of pickleball with a friend this year. Is there anything better than seeing a friend get obsessed with pickleball just like you are? 😉

4. Play in a Tournament

Test your skills at a pickleball tournament! Rec play is great but tournaments are a whole different atmosphere.

They’re a great way to improve your game and play others at your level. Don’t worry about winning or losing; it’s all about the experience and fun…to start with.

And no! Tournaments are not only for pros! Companies like the World Pickleball Tour are offering nearly 30 amateur-only events across the US this year.

5. Play Pickleball in Another Country

Feeling adventurous? Play pickleball abroad! It's a unique way to immerse yourself in another culture and connect with the global pickleball community.

Pickleheads co-founder Max Ade and I played pickleball at Pueblo Bonito in Baja, Mexico last April - it was a blast!

6. Go to a Pro Event

Attend a pro event this year – either a PPA or MLP tour stop. Tickets are affordable, the play is next-level and the atmosphere is incredible.

You may even spot your favorite pro. I went to Nationals in Dallas last year and Ben Johns strolled right past me as I walked in. Starstruck 🤩

7. Test Out a New Paddle

The right equipment can make all the difference. I’ve seen players go up a level with the right paddle.

With so many options out there, you might just find one paddle that elevates your game to the next level.

There you have it! Seven achievable, fun, and exciting goals to make 2024 your most memorable pickleball year yet.

Get out there, make new friends, explore new places, and above all, enjoy every moment on the court. 😎

New: Find an open play anywhere you go

Did you know you can do a lot more than find courts on Pickleheads?

Now you can find pick-up games and open plays across the country.

Search an area or use the Pickleheads mobile app, navigate to the Discover tab and select “Games”.

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With over 4,400 open play schedules listed in the US and CA, you can find one whether you’re traveling or looking in your own backyard.

Download now for free: pickleheads.com/app 

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Silk Springs, Twentynine Palms, CA

Dream Court of the Week

This week’s dream court was submitted by one of our very own subscribers!

A friend of mine, Yoonj Kim, reached out last year asking about court dimensions because she was building a court at her Airbnb property.

Well, she sent over pictures last week. And, I had no idea it would turn out so great!

You’ll find Yoonj’s court on the grounds of her awesome, Shangri-La inspired, desert ranch – Silk Springs. Which was featured on its own TV program.

Silk Springs is perfect for retreats, stargazing, wellness…and pickleball, obviously.

If you DM Yoonj on AirBnB and quote the discount ‘Pickleheads’ she’ll give you 10% off your booking!

Just, wow 😍

Gear We Love

The filthiest paddle I’ve ever played with

Brandon and the Bread and Butter

I tested over 40 pickleball paddles in 2023.

There were 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 the last year.

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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Erne: The Ultimate Drilling Partner

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Anyone get an Erne for Christmas?! Um jealous…

Well if you weren’t one of those lucky few, then give the Erne a look.

I think this is one of the best gifts you can give yourself in 2024.

New Year’s Resolutions are all about bettering yourself. Your health, your relationships - well don’t forget about your pickleball game!

The Erne is what you buy when you’re ready to go up a level and perfect the shots you need to beat advanced players.

Even with all the Christmas shopping deals over, I’m stoked the Erne team has kept our PH100 ($100 off) code active.

Though the Erne is still on backorder, I recommend ordering before you get bumped to the next production run.

Cheers to improving our games in 2024!

***Use code PH100 to save $100 on the Erne***

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