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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This book got me playing pickleball again, which makes it a good book.

When I was in college I took  some sports classes.  Because of transcript issues, I ended up taking 4 different classes: racquetball at junior  college, swimming, basketball, and the last sports class I took was pickleball.  I don't remember what year I took it, but it was some time In the George H W Bush administration.  Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, which are all sports that I enjoy.  I really liked the class, but in the 25 or so years since taking it, have not played it or seen anyone playing it or offering it.

That is until earlier this year when I noticed it as an open gym activity at our local park district.  This June I joined Library thing after a 6 or 7 year hiatus.  It was such a long hiatus, I could not find my old account, so I  started a new one.  Library Thing has an early reviewers program.  Each month you can apply to get free books in exchange for reviewing the book.  My experience several years ago was that many months,  I would not win any books and was not very hopeful I would snag any my first time out.  To tell the truth, I didn't even remember what books I requested.

So imagine my surprise when the Library Thing administrator sent me an email advising me  I won Pickleball Fundamentals and it was on it way to me.

Pickleball Fundamentals is a quick fun read.  It is engaging, encouraging,  and unlike many how to sports books, does not read like stereo instructions.  I had read most of it by last Tuesday when I returned to the pickleball court after the aforementioned quarter century hiatus.  While reading the book didn't help my play all that much, it did get me back on the pickleball court and back again today.  As I go back each week I plan to teach my wife Amy how to play as well.  I also plan to do the useful practice exercises and warm-up's the book recommends.  Unlike many books that you read and never pick up again, I foresee reviewing Pickleball Fundamentals on a regular basis to help improve my game.

I would encourage anyone to go out and buy this book in conjunction with finding a place to play pickleball.  It is truly a game for all ages. 

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