One of the best sports for seniors is Pickleball, a fairly new phenomenon to hit Australian shores. Invented by the Americans (what isn’t?), it’s taken off like wildfire.
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimension and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Players serve underhand which makes it easier on the shoulders. Mature aged adults love it it because they can get their exercise in a fun way without having to stretch out on a big court.
Pickleball is a great sport for all-round fitness. It exercises all the major muscle groups, provides a cardio workout, and improves dexterity, mobility, agility, and balance.
When I first started playing I thought, ‘I’m gonna romp through this caper like a pro’, but that didn’t happen. Firstly, the ladies can hit the ball just as hard as the men (especially the ex-tennis players). Because of the smaller sized court, a man’s strength is rendered almost useless because of the confined space. This puts everyone on an even keel. Men can’t just walk onto a Pickleball court and power their way to a win.
The court measures 20ft x 40ft with four players occupying the court. The game is played with a 20cm x 40cm paddle made from three main materials: wood, composite, or graphite. The ball is not quite as big as a tennis ball and made from a polymer material, but don’t expect it to bounce like a tennis ball. Much fun can be had watching new players waiting for the ball to come onto them, but seeing it half bounce off the floor and sit there.
I play Pickleball twice a week now, up from once a week and I really enjoy the freedom of movement that the extra game per week provides.