Coach Wayne’s Corner

Olympic Observations


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


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


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?


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 […]

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