Today I played pickleball for the first time in my life. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. I’d never heard of pickleball until several months ago when one of neighbors, who plays pickleball frequently, told me about it and recommended it to me. That got me interested.

First I watched some videos about pickleball rules and the flow of the game. Next, I bought a set of pickleball paddles and balls. Armed with the proper equipment, I practiced hitting the ball against my garage door to get used to it. Then I decided to take the plunge and play at a local pickleball gathering that welcomes beginners like me.

I played 4 games of pickleball this afternoon and it was a lot of fun. I’m already addicted. I was absolutely horrible during the very first game that I played, but I definitely improved as the afternoon wore on. I’m still awful, of course, but a few of the other players told me that I showed promise and that I should keep working at it. I intend to do just that.