Tag: pickleball

SunBird Pickleball News

Ed Hennek, one of our three winners for the End of Season Round Robin

                      Suzanne Lipke We had a great end of season party at the courts on March 27—more than 50 people for the picnic at the tables next to the courts, and more than 40 people playing in the Round Robin. Thanks to everyone who came…

Relishing Pickleball: 12 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them: Mistakes 9 and 10

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 eight mistakes the past four months. This month we…

Pickleball Club’s Been Busy!

Jolene Isom and Amy Cooper (Joe Dingeldein in the background)

Suzanne Lipke Spring has arrived in Arizona, and the weather has been perfect! The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a busy couple of months. Pete Prucha, our local Gearbox representative and friend, organized a “Novice Clinic” for some of our newer players on Feb. 21 and 28. Everyone enjoyed the chance to work on some…

Pickleball Club Welcomes New Members

Paul and Cindy Krautwurst

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a good beginning of 2021 and would like to welcome some new members: Judy Corkery, Mike Ohlmann, Tammy Ward, Bruce and Cindy Wilson, Jim Zaccone, and Gil Gilliland. We hope to see you guys again soon and often. And congratulations to Paul and Cindy Krautwurst on becoming…

Relishing Pickleball: Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them (Part 2)

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?” Last month, we reviewed the first two mistakes. This month, we take a…

What’s Happening in SunBird Pickleball?

Sue and JD

Marianna Buescher The SunBird Pickleball Club had a day of fun festivities on the courts where everyone dressed in their Christmas theme! JD and Sue got the prize for most festive players! Many players have returned to SunBird, so there are all levels of play in our community from 2.0 to 4.0 play. If you…

Pickleball News

Brad Taylor, Lisa Dingeldein, Marianna Buescher, and Dan Buescher

Suzanne Lipke Happy New Year 2021 from the SunBird Pickleball Club. We hope everyone is well and ready to have a better year—and play pickleball. We’d like to say welcome to some new neighbors and pickleball players: Joe and Lisa Dingeldein, Robert Morris, Jeff Seaman, Eileen Sievers, and Brad Taylor. We look forward to lots…

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…

Pickleball Players Honor First Responders

Greg Libby and Dave Walden

Suzanne Lipke The SunBird Pickleball Club has had a great summer—in spite of the COVID crisis, but we’re very glad for our cooler temperatures and the return of our northern friends. We played on Sept. 11, and wore our patriotic colors to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and all of our firemen…