Why Is Pickleball So Addictive?

April 12, 2017

GAMMA Pickleball blog about why pickleball is so addicting.

The pickleball craze is sweeping the nation, and for good reason: pickleball can be downright addictive! But why?

There are a ton of reasons why people who start playing pickleball just can’t stop. Here are a few of our favorites.

Pickleball is easy to play.

It doesn’t take much for pickleball newbies to start volleying back and forth with an opponent. You won’t spend quite so much time chasing and picking up balls in the same way you would as a first-time tennis player. A high success ratio means more time for fun, and less time worrying about the perfect shot.

Pickleball is a social sport.

We love the fact that the pickleball community is so welcoming, inviting and enthusiastic! Many pickleball players got started after being invited to play when they were casually watching a match from the sidelines. Pickleballers love to induct newbies into the game, making it easy to make new friends.

It’s fun for all ages …

One of the best things about pickleball is that anyone can play, no matter their age. Older folks can easily compete with younger players (and maybe even show them how it’s done, if you know what we mean!). Part of this is due to the fact that pickleball equipment helps control the speed of the game; you won’t get the same kind of high-powered tennis shots in pickleball as you would in other racquet sports.

… but it’s still a fast-paced sport.

Just because the equipment controls the speed doesn’t mean the game is slow. Anyone who’s ever been in a dink rally would certainly beg to differ with that! Time flies when you’re playing pickleball. A smaller court means that you need to be on your toes. Your opponent may not be slamming the ball at the baseline as in tennis, but the volleys will be coming fast and furious!

It’s easy to make time for pickleball.

Pickleball doesn’t take a lot of time to play. Matches are quick, allowing for fast turnover on the courts. You can take a quick pickleball break and get right back into what you need to do. You don’t need a special place to play, either. In fact, you can easily turn a tennis court into a pickleball court or play in a rec center.

You have fun building skill over time.

Like we said, anyone can pick up a paddle and start playing opponents the same day. However, you develop better technique the more you play. You start to see the difference between a power shot and a smooth finesse shot. You start trying to outsmart your opponent. And then, the magical day comes when you hit the perfect dink. Then you just want to do it again, and again …

Equipment is affordable.

You don’t have to invest in a lot of special equipment to play pickleball, so you can get started fast. It’s easy to find affordable paddles and balls. GAMMA Pickleball offers a fantastic starter bundle for pickleball newbies!

Are you a pickleball addict? We’d love to hear why! Head on over to our Facebook page and join in on the discussion!