Coach Wayne’s Corner

The Etiquette of Etiquette

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com After reading my fellow Coastal Breeze News contributing columnist Todd Elliott’s recent columns, titled “Golf Etiquette” and “What Makes Golfers Compatible?” it got me thinking about proper etiquette and players being compatible, in tennis and pickleball. Golf and tennis are traditionally very old school, proper games. However, these two sports are experiencing a transition, […]

Advanced Technology

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Before moving to Marco, I grew up and lived in Houston, where I had the privilege, of witnessing many spectacular events held at the Astrodome, which back then was called, “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” I attended more Houston Astros and Oilers games than I can remember. I saw Billy Jean King defeat […]

Tournament Tough

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com As the sport of pickleball grows and becomes more popular, many new players to the game are expanding the horizons of their participation in the sport and are thinking of competing in tournaments. First off, I want to emphasize the difference between competing in recreational/rotational play and competing in tournament play competition. The reason […]

Stacking in Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In my last column, titled “Proper Positioning is Paramount,” I discussed the importance of having ourselves properly set up in pickleball, to encourage and promote forehands on our groundstrokes. In that column, I recommended both members of the serving team set themselves up at the baseline area in a position to encourage a forehand […]

Proper Positioning is Paramount

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In all sports, we need to make sure that we are properly positioned to allow ourselves to efficiently and effectively execute a strategic game plan. In previous columns, I have discussed my belief of the need for proper fundamentals with both the serve and the return, as well as the fact of how important I believe […]

Defining the Dink

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com One of the most misunderstood aspects of the sport of pickleball, especially for beginners, is the utilization of the seven-foot, no volley zone, aka the kitchen. I personally don’t like to refer to it as a “no volley zone,” for two reasons. Number one, I am a “glass is half full” type of person. […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Coach Wayneís Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com We all know the song, and I feel we need to apply this song title to our attitudes when playing recreational tennis and pickleball. I too often see players get upset and stressed out during recreational competition. While I am a very competitive player and I like to win, when I am on the […]

Equipment Check

Coach Wayne’s Corner By Wayne Clark As a coach and instructor, my customers and students frequently ask me, “What kind of tennis racquet or pickleball paddle should I buy?” Like purchasing anything today, it can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing because there is so much to choose from. In both tennis and pickleball, racquets and paddles were originally made of […]


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