A Pickleball Poem
By Karen L Sperl
December 23, 2020
Pickleball’s addicting and it’s easy to see why.
A game for young and old alike,
Why not give it a try!
Some simple tips for one to keep in mind for every game.
The players and the shots may change.
The tips remain the same.
Keeping score is very easy once explained to you.
Before you know it you’ll be saying,
“The score is 4-2-2.”
Get your serve in “the box.” Each player finds a way
To serve with his or her own style —
Consistent day to day.
When your partner serves the ball, stay back behind the line.
So when the ball’s returned to you
Your shot will be so fine.
Move with your partner to the net so you don’t leave a hole.
Cuz if you are in “No Man’s Land"
It’s sure to take a toll.
Keep your eye upon the ball to get hits high and low.
Helps one hit strategic shots
Cuz missing is a blow.
The difficulty hitting what is called the “Third Shot Drop,”
Should not keep one from trying.
So keep practicing; don’t stop.
When watching pros play the game, finesse is in the dink.
Back and forth, kitty corner,
It’s over in a blink!
As the saying goes, if you “Hit it down the Middle,”
Your shot will very likely be
A shot that “Solves the Riddle.”
Remember partners, call the shots — “You,” or “Me.”
Otherwise you’ll both just stand there
Saying, “Oh gee.”
Hang on to your paddle so you keep your special grip.
Rush to get that third shot drop
Being careful not to trip.
Keep your paddle centered, ready to swing either way.
With backhand or with forehand
Keep the ball from going astray.
When a player hits to you and lobs the pickleball,
Turn and run; hit from behind.
So you’ll prevent a fall.
Northern PB players tell those down south to remember
That outdoor pickleball for us
Went well into December!
Dry courts in December were an extra special gift.
Outdoor PB times during Covid
Helped our spirits lift.
And as we look ahead to the year 2021,
With new drop serves and no let serves
There’s sure to be more fun.
So if you’ve never tried the game, the wondrous Pickleball,
For exercise and fun galore
You’re sure to have a ball!