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SUM 2017

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Don't let the name fool you: while "pickleball" may sound like something that could be served next to a deli sandwich, this lesser-known sport is a calorie-torcher that's quickly growing in popularity. A racquet game that combines elements of tennis (the score keeping), badminton (the size and dimensions of the court), and table tennis (the solid paddle), pickleball works the shoulders, forearms, core, quads, hamstrings, and heart. And with courts available both indoors and out, you can play all year long—even in the sultry summer. - B Y E R I C A R O D E F E R W I N T E R S MAKE IT COUNT Let's Play Pickleball! Consider a partner. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. The former yields a more strenuous workout as it requires you to cover the whole court, but there are benefits to doubles games, as well: you might be motivated to work harder if you have a teammate counting on you. Gear up. The most important piece of gear for pickleball is the paddle, which ranges in grip size, material, and weight (from six to 14 ounces). Test out a few before investing in one. Dress the part. If playing outdoors, slather on sunscreen and wear a hat to protect your eyes from the sun's glare. Whether indoors or out, wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in as well as good-quality court shoes. MAKE IT COUNT Get to Playing! Grab a partner (or a few!) and head to one of these local courts Indoors St. Andrew's Parks & Playground (West Ashley) Goose Creek Community Center (Goose Creek) Mount Pleasant Senior Center (Mount Pleasant) Arthur W. Christopher Community Center (downtown) Outdoors Danny Jones Recreation Center (North Charleston) h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2017 } 19 P H O T O G R A P H S B Y ( E X E R C I S E S ) J U L I E T I M M E R M A N N & ( P I C K L E B A L L ) M A R G R E T W O O D Get a grip. There are several ways to hold the paddle, but one of the most common is the "handshake grip." For it, hold the paddle as if you were shaking someone's hand—the face should be perpendicular to the floor with the end at a roughly 45-degree angle pointing toward the ceiling. Be ready. When you're not running around the court (playing area on one side of the net is 20 by 22 feet), assume ready position, in which you're facing the net with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, holding your paddle and elbows in front of you. Swing through. Like tennis, there are different stroke styles—forehand, backhand, and volley. To master the forehand, keep the paddle waist-high or a bit lower and swing through until your arm is slightly above the opposite shoulder. For the most efficient swing, try to make contact with the ball in front of your body. PROPER FORM: A pickleball match at Arthur W. Christopher Community Center downtown

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