Over a recent weekend with family a few of us took part in pickle ball games. If you’ve never played, it’s kind of in between tennis and ping pong, with a few rules unique to itself.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m competitive in just about anything, so while pickle ball is really fun, ultimately for me it’s simply another thing in which to compete. This particular weekend featured more losses than wins, unfortunately.
I can’t stand losing! There will be rematches coming up soon so hopefully the outcomes will be a little bit more in favor of my ego 🙂
So do you want to know how competitive I am? Well, since that weekend of pickle ball matches in Florida (I live in Tennessee, remember), I have spent time training in my backyard specifically to win the next matches I play in Florida. I’m not talking about light pushups and lunges. I designed specific exercises to maximize my hits, my reach, my ability to hit backhands, forehands, slams, and even brought in a person who specializes in pickle-ball-centric trash talk.
Well, OK, that last part is not true, but I wish I would’ve thought about that when I had time to get some trash talk training! Right now my ‘go-to’ comments are: “Get some glasses!” and “Oh, go write about it in your diary, whimpy kid!” My trash talk can use some work.
Have you played pickle ball? Any advice on how to turn my game from “sometimes wins” to “never loses”? I’m all ears!
-Out of the Wilderness