Tag: pickleball

The Creekers

Left to right: Bill Vollink, Tom Dean, Jim Malone, Greg Dinnocenti, Doug Warren, Steve Shapiro, Dave Mungo, Doug Stacken, Doug Christy, Pat Kolark, Dave Thomas, and Brian Leikhus. Absent from photo: Jeff Grass and Al Skoglund

Steve Shapiro The Arizona Pickleball Players League (APPL) expanded to the Tucson area in 2021. Before the expansion, the league had been in the Phoenix Metro/Casa Grande area. The APPL is made up of a men’s and women’s league for skill levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5/5.0. Quail Creek took part in the Tucson area…

12 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them (Mistakes 5 and 6)

David Zapatka This 12-common-mistakes column began after playing with some very excited, highly-motivated, new pickleball players at our community courts recently. After playing a couple games, this question was posed to me: “What should we do to improve and become 3.5 players?” We reviewed the first four mistakes the past two months. This month, we…

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…