The pickle palace
Thursday, October 03, 2019
I was kind of wondering what would happen when the cold weather hit, and outdoor play was no longer feasible, as far as continuing to play with the decent group of players I've spent the summer competing against. Kind of dreaded the idea of going back to the rec center and just playing random games against whoever happened to put their paddles in the same bucket I did, since many of those folks at the rec center are older, less...competitive, shall we say, players. I was aware last year there were people playing indoors, but I was never explicitly invited to join that game, and I didn't feel like forcing the issue. But I've apparently gotten better enough to be included in that group this year.
I've mentioned in this space being surprised by some of the compliments I get, because I don't feel that I've elevated my play all that much. Granted, there are little things I can point to from last April to now that I can say, I used to be scared if someone hit that shot to me, but now I don't fear it. Even if I'll still mess it up more than I'm happy with, I'm not scared of it.
There are a few more specific things I'm always trying to work on, that if I can start to feel as comfortable as I do with the particular example I'm thinking of above, I'll be able to say that I've improved my overall game. Kind of like the mini-weight goals I'm thinking of chasing now, these are small things that would pay off bigger in the end. Hoping that playing against this particular group of players more regularly will help in that endeavor.
(The warehouse retrofitted with two tennis courts, and enhanced with pickleball court lines where this group plays has been nicknamed "the pickle palace", hence the title of the blog.)