Coach Wayne’s Corner

Spectator Sport

Coach Wayne’s Corner


Having spent a good part of my instructional career involved with both amateur and professional tennis tournaments, as a coach, a competitor and as an event coordinator, I am very familiar with the logistics, infrastructure and organizational aspects required to run an event as large as the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. I want to first and foremost compliment tournament […]

The Volley Dink

Coach Wayne’s Corner


In one of my previous articles, “Three Strikes and Your In,” I wrote about the importance of the third ball shot scenario and the ability to efficiently and effectively utilize the dink shot in the kitchen to win points. In tennis, a half volley is a shot that requires me to volley the ball on the bounce (aka a dink […]

A Game For The Ages

Coach Wayne’s Corner


In my previous column, entitled “Last Call,” I discussed the demise of tennis and the current lack of interest in the sport. I have spent the majority of my life as an avid tennis player, and the last twenty-five years as a tennis instructor/coach. As such, I am always happy and proud when one of my young students, who is […]

Three Strikes and You’re in

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER


In the sport of baseball the rule is three strikes and you are out, but in the sport of pickleball, it’s three strikes and you are in! The importance of the third shot in pickleball is a priority on all levels of the game. Players on an advanced level of play are utilizing the third shot as a strategic opportunity […]

Olympic Observations

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER


I have spent my entire life residing on the Gulf coast at an elevation that has been either at or below sea level. Because of this fact, I have never had the opportunity to participate in any type of winter related sports. I refer to these sports as being any activity that includes snow, ice or mountains as part of […]

Speed Zone

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As tennis players gain confidence in their abilities and advance their level of play, they start to hit the ball faster (utilizing more MPH’s) and heavier (utilizing more RPM’s). The two kind of go hand in glove with one another, because the harder you hit the ball, the more spin you need to apply to the ball to keep it […]

The Proof is in the Paddle

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As the sport of pickleball grows, several “mom and pop” companies have ventured into the pickleball paddle business. These entrepreneurial manufacturers are attempting to grab a piece of what is presenting itself to be a very popular and profitable marketplace. The USAPA governs the specifications of pickleballs and pickleball paddles; they monitor and oversee the materials used, as well as […]

What’s My Line?

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER


I remember the old game show on TV called “What’s My Line?” where celebrity contestants would ask questions to try to figure out the usually, somewhat obscure occupation of the mystery guest. As a coach and instructor, when I inquire as to a player’s ability or level in the sport of pickleball, I often feel like a contestant on that […]

Proper Position

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When I first started playing pickleball several years back, I was just like other beginners, simply trying to remember who’s turn it was to serve, how to call the score, and which part of the court I was supposed to be standing on! As I instruct beginning pickleball players, I feel that it is important for them to understand early […]

That Little Voice

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER


We all have it, that little voice in our head that informs us of the fact that we just did something foolish. Whether it’s on the tennis/pickleball court when we make an unforced error, or in a social environment where we say something stupid and embarrassing, that little voice is always there to remind and admonish us as to what […]


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