Serving up pickleball for Cartersville
by David Royal
Mar 06, 2013 | 1249 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville residents will be getting a whiff of pickleball at a weekend clinic aimed at generating local support for the sport.

Steve and Patrice Dunn of Cartersville will be conducting the clinic Saturday from 2 until 4 p.m. at the ATCO tennis courts off Goodyear Street.

The two said they will supply pickleballs and paddles to Cartersville residents who attend.

Steve Dunn said he and his wife are both retired and play the sport for enjoyment.

“It’s a great thing for us in retirement,” he said. “In fact, when we go on vacation we look for places to play.”

He said a lot of cities such as Cartersville do not offer the sport, and one of the aims of the clinic is to spark local interest.

“Our goal is to have the sports played two or three times a week locally,” Steve Dunn said.

Patrice Dunn said local badminton courts or old tennis courts could be adapted for pickleball, which uses a 34-inch tall net at its center, rather than 36 inches.

The game requires a perforated plastic baseball that is similar to a whiffle ball. Special paddles also are required.

Dunn said the game requires a lot of eye-hand coordination but does not impact joints like sports such as tennis.

“One of my friends has had hip replacement, two knees, has a heart condition and still plays,” Steve Dunn said. “He’s lost about 15 pounds playing the game. Older people have a better chance to be competitive in it.”

He said the game is played in an area that’s about one third as big as a tennis court.

The Dunns said the sport primarly is for singles and doubles play.

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