Tag: pickleball

Relishing Pickleball: Dink Responsibly

David Zapatka Often called the most important shot in all of pickleball, the dink is the critical shot aspiring players must learn to improve their game. The dink is a shot hit slowly and softly into the opponents’ non-volley zone, as close to the net as possible. If the opponent hits this ball hard, it…

Relishing Pickleball: The Ready Position

David Zapatka One of the most common errors I see on the pickleball court is not being ready to play. What does this mean? Being ready to play means a number of things. It means being focused on the point at hand. Paying attention to debris on the court, listening to what someone is saying,…

New Shade Structure/Cement Pads

Residents enjoying the new sun shade.

Steve Shapiro The Quail Creek Pickleball Club (QCPC) is pleased to announce that a new shade structure and cement pads (seating) have been built at our pickleball facility. This project has been ongoing for four to five years through the design/funding process. The design had to be approved by the Property Owners Association, with the…

Relishing Pickleball

David Zapatka Pickleball Bangers Are you getting tired of playing the bangers? They have one strategy, hit the ball as hard as they can. They rarely hit third shot drop shots. What can you do? There are two options. The first is the punch volley, a volley hit hard and deep. The second is the…

The Third Shot Drop. Why Is It So Important?

David Zapatka The third shot drop is a shot performed near the baseline that lands softly in the opponents’ kitchen. The shot is designed with one thing in mind—get your team to the net. The mechanics of the third shot drop are simple. The ball sails up into the air and drops into the kitchen…

St. Jude Bunco/Pickleball Fundraiser

Erika Lochow and Lenny Friedman, USAPA Ambassador In lieu of the fourth annual Quail Creek Classic Pickleball Tournament fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Quail Creek Pickleball Club members organized a Bunco Night on the evening of March 10, under the leadership of Beth Larose. This was followed by the monthly pickleball club social on…

Quail Creek Pickleball players compete in “Battle of the Branches”

Vicky Eisemann, tournament director The Gary Sinise Foundation Military Pickleball Association “Battle of the Branches” Pickleball Tournament was held Oct. from 17 through 20, in Casa Grande. Players competed for their branch of service, Air Force, Army, Navy, or Marines in singles, men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles age and skill level divisions. Competitors won points for…