The best pickleballer I know invited me for an early Thursday morning session at an indoor paddle club a few towns south of me. With the kids still on winter break, I jumped at the chance to sneak in an extra day of play, especially given that he’d put together a foursome that was as good as any I’ve ever been a part of.
The organizer wasn’t at his sharpest on this day, and it allowed me to sneak out with a better than .500 record for the day. It was my first day playing with a Dura ball in an indoor setting in quite some time, so I was pleased with how well I played, especially with hands battles at the net and some speed-ups to win some dink rallies. It’s tight quarters so I couldn’t pull off any ATPs (and choked on one where I had a half-chance) but did pull off a backhand Erne after a nice setup from my partner.