What Is Pickleball & Where Can You Learn to Play?

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Have you ever played pickleball? Surprisingly, no, it doesn’t involve an actual pickle...Pickleball, although fairly new to the Charleston area, it’s been around since 1965! Over the past five years, this sport has popped up all over the US becoming one of the most popular sports to play. Being a tennis girl, I needed to see what all the fuss about pickleball was about. I went to LTP at the Daniel Island Tennis Center find out and I can definitely understand why this sport is growing so fast. It’s extremely fun, and great for people of all ages! 

I met up with a teaching pro at LTP, Scott, to fill me in on all things pickleball and to inform me on what they have to offer here.Pickleball is played with a ball similar to a wiffle ball in the sense that it is plastic and has holes. It’s easier to master than a tennis ball! The paddles are made of some sort of a composite and it an oval shape similar to a large table tennis paddle. They don’t very much in weight or size and in my opinion, feels different from holding a tennis racket. 

If you’d like to take a private lesson, semi private lesson, go to a clinic, a camp, or participate in a round robin, all you have to do is contact the pro shop any day of the week and they will give you all the information necessary to get you going! This is open to all levels of play and is seriously perfect for all ages. There are plenty of different options for you to start playing and get involved as well as great coaches to help you along the way. 

LTP also has a lot of fun events and socials, such as the Greek mixer which is happening in September. You can throw on your finest toga hit the court in doubles. After battle, you can join everyone in sharing a traditional Greek feast of beef gyros, chicken, Greek potatoes, assorted salads, and dessert. 

The Daniel Island Tennis Center offers memberships at crazy good prices at only $100 for the entire YEAR! This is a super inexpensive sport that was a lot of fun to learn and try out. The tennis center is open year round with the exception of certain holidays and during the week of the Volvo Car Open. For more information regarding hours and pricing, head on over to their website at http://ltp-danielisland.com. I know that I will definitely be back to get my pickle game on again, and I hope you try it too! 

Thanks for tuning in!