Introducing DEEP DINKER

Deep DinkerYou may have noticed DD’s rather serious countenance. He has a good philosophy of life that follows through to his pickle ball game.

His motto is: “If you want to be ‘cool’, first you have to be ‘hot’ (work hard).

He comes out with stuff like that all the time! He’s quite a profound guy really! There’s only one problem with hanging out with him. Ole’ stone face is stubborn. “Hey man,” I tell him. “Get in the other room, I’ve got company coming over.” The guy is weird!! He refuses to wear clothes!!

I shouldn’t be too hard on him though.
Some French guy named Rodin used Deep Dinker as a model for a famous sculpture.

Now people recognize him all the time, “Haven’t I met you somewhere before”, they’ll say? DD gets tired of explaining things. I think he’s miffed at that Rodin fellow.

Deep won’t tell what it’s about, but knowing DD I expect it’s something about philosophy. He loves to sit around and ponder life, and of course, pickle ball.

He gave me the idea for the next article. Thanks DD!

A ROSE IS A ROSE
At the pickle ball demonstration at the ‘Oak Bay Tennis Club’, some of the members didn’t like the name ‘pickleball’. They wanted to call it ‘power ball’. To me, that sounds too much like something from the BC Lottery people.

It got me to thinking of what other food item we could use for the name of our sport. How about:

  • olive ball
  • artichoke ball
  • sun-dried tomato ball

We probably shouldn’t ignore processed meat products. How about -“bologna ball’

Has anyone thought of approaching Jim Pattison for some corporate sponsor money? How about:

  • Save On Foods Ball
  • Apple Ball
  • Google Ball

Oh man! Somebody better talk me down! All I’m seeing is dollar signs!

ROAD TRIP
“Well all be gone for the summer, we’re on safari to stay, tell the grandkids we’re pickling…..pickling Canada and USA”.

Hey Dudes and Dudettes,

If now is the time to pack up the Woody, The Westphalia, or the Winnebago, and go for that well deserved break from the rigors of retirement, then let’s talk about a treasure map….Huh?

Man, I’m talking about gems! Those beautiful places to visit that have it all – wonderful scenery, reasonable accommodation, things to do, and pickle ball.

We’re going on a ‘mondo’ road trip to some ‘rad’ destinations.

Cowabunga!!!

KELOWNA
Most  of us already know how awesome Kelowna is. So I’ll just state the obvious:

  • Lake Okanagan
  • wine tours
  • Know Mountain
  • orchard tours
  • Myra Canyon
  • Kettle Valley Rail Trail
  • and my favourite attraction… mini great pyramid (Summerhill winery).

Feeling sporty?

Check out ‘Parkinson Rec Centre’ and ‘ Parkinson Activity Centre’. There’s lots of indoor and outdoor pickleball courts.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT:
JULY 10 – 12
2015 PICKLEBALL CANADA NATIONAL WESTERN TOURNAMENT

On the road again.

Up next, …… I can barely speak, … my mouth quivers with the awesomeness of the simple word that is…

BEND, OREGON
A quaint little town with more than its share of things to keep you from yawning!

Hiking, State Parks, road biking, Olympic caliber mountain biking, river rafting, extinct volcano, and for the connoisseurs… lots of micro breweries!!!

When you’re ready to paddle something. Go To:

  • Pine Nursery Park, 12 new outdoor courts.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:
June 19 – 21 OREGON SENIOR GAMES
July 13 – 16   PICKLEBALL MANIA
Aug. 14 – 16  PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONALS

“Go West Young Man”

Presenting for your pleasure………

CORVALLIS, OREGON
This town of 60,000 potential pickleballers, is call Tree City, USA. That’s because there are 47 public parks in the area. Nice!

As with all the towns of our trip, you should check out the USPA website for finer details of where to play. Nicer!!  There are indoor and outdoor courts in Corvallis. Nicest!!!

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT:
AUG 7 – 9   JIM RINGLER MEMORIAL

NEXT – ” I couldn’t wait to get down to the coast”.

NEWPORT, OREGON
I love the next stop. It’s so Oregonie.

‘Oregonie’, is a word I use to describe towns that have that certain ambiance that causes it’s citizens to believe that ……

  • ‘Yes, I can live a healthy lifestyle!’
  • ‘Here I can do yoga, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables, ride bikes, and recycle.’
  • ‘Here is a place where the air is clean, the water is pure, and the ground is fertile.’
  • ‘And here also, is a place that is safe for the growth of the little sport that could……Pickleball! ‘

The Newportians do their pickling Monday – Friday from 12 pm. – 2 pm. at the Newport Rec. Centre.

While in Newport, I like to stay at ‘South Beach State Park’, because even if you don’t have a tent or camper, you can reserve a ‘yurt’. Newport has a historic ‘BAYFRONT’, the Marine Science Centre, and the aquarium.

By now we’re probably getting a little homesick for the Garden City. No worries, we’re homeward bound.

SEASIDE, OREGON
We’re heading back north now, but on the way up, first stop at Tillamook for some cheese. Then why not spend some time at the charming beach town of Seaside.

There’s free Pickleball if you stay at the ‘Seaside Leisure Time RV Resort’.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENT:
SEPT. 16 – 18 PICKLEBALL BY THE SEASIDE

Just one more place and our safari is done.

PORT ANGELES
My theory of life goes like this — if you have an active group of Pickleball people in your town, then you know it’s a good place to live.

In Port Angeles they play indoors at the Senior Center, and outdoors at Elk Park.

My hiking friend Don likes to go up to Hurricane Ridge (17 miles from town) for the spectacular views and trails. He also recommends the bike trail to Sequim and Crescent Lake.

Now on the Coho Ferry and Home Sweet Home!

IN HIS OWN WORDS
This week we have a real treat!

An interview with Dave McNeill. He is an advance player and Pickleball coach. Dave’s personality comes out in his style of instruction……in two words, its easy going.

He emphasis positional play and shot placement. This ‘easy on the knees’ approach is appropriate for all ages, but especially we seniors. So let’s dive right in and find out – ‘Who’s Who in The Zoo’.

DAVE McNEILL

Doug – How old are you Dave?

Dave – Over 65 and under 80

Doug – How long have you played Pickleball?

Dave – I started playing about six or seven years ago, after years of playing squash, tennis, ping pong etc.

Doug – What is your playing style?

Dave – I like to play a bit of everything. Some of the soft game, along with some hard shots, depending on where your opponents are, and the location of the ball when I take a shot.

Doug – Do you prefer outdoor or indoor play?

Dave – Playing outdoors is the best…..our group is very hard core. We have played in strong winds,

rain and even in some sleet or snow. Several of our guys play regular games at Tolmie Park where other groups will refer to us as the “Tolmie Guys”. Trash talk is pretty prevalent in our group.

Doug – What are your other interests other than the paddle?

Dave – I enjoy most sports, travelling, entertaining, and just ‘hanging out with friends having coffee and discussing ‘ conspiracy theories’.

Doug – If you’re sitting around waiting to play, what subjects would you like to talk about?

Dave – I am usually friendly and talkative……not minding what the subject is. I would rather talk about subjects that interest the other person and not myself.

Doug – What is your motto for Pickleball or life?

Dave – My motto for Pickleball is to have fun and enjoy it while you can……same for everything else.

Doug – What is, or was, your profession?

Dave – I taught school, grade 6 for 37 years. It must be part of my DNA, because I still like helping people improve their game, and offer tips to anyone who takes an interest.

Doug – Dave, you talked about conspiracy theories. So my last question is … ‘who shot JFK’??

Dave – Everybody was involved….Federal Reserve, police, etc.

Doug – Wow Dave, that’s an interesting theory! Thanks for letting us get to know you better.

PICKLEBALL THE RITE WAY – TIP # 1
I (Doug), don’t have great Pickleball skills, so when I wanted to improve my game I sought out some help. I went to the Coach.

Up next is a useful article by the “Rite Way Coach”.

Is there really a ‘right way’ to play Pickleball ?? Yes. The right way generally refers to being patient and waiting for your chance to make the ‘ put away’ shot.

70% of all points won are due to opponent mistakes. Minimize your own mistakes. Go for ‘high percentage’ shots. That means don’t try to ‘paint the lines’.

Aim a foot or two inside the lines or play more for the middle of the court until you become a bit more accomplished and can try for more difficult shots.

The serve……get it in……try to keep it deep. Don’t try power serves or spin serves until you are very consistent with your basic serve.

Return of serve…… get it in…… keep it deep. A soft return is often better than a hard return. It gives you more time to establish yourself at the kitchen line. Less mobile players have plenty of time to come forward. If your return is deep, your opponents are both in a defensive position at or near the base line while you and your partner are both at the kitchen line. You are both in an ‘ offensive ‘ position. You have the better chance to win that particular rally.

You would be amazed at how softly Patrick Kane, one of the best players in the world, returns a serve. If it is good enough for Patrick, I think it is good enough for us.

Next time you play work on your higher percentage shots and soft, deep return of serve. Hopefully, you will start to see some good results immediately.

FROM DOUG … thanks Coach. I intend to read, re-read, and adapt the Rite Way philosophy to my game.

If anyone has questions please direct them to me by email and I will see to it that you receive an answer in a future segment of the ‘Rite Way Pickleball’.

COMMENTS AND THANK YOU
Dave McNeil sent in a comment about last week’s article on Surprise, Arizona:

SURPRISE, Arizona has public courts where the ‘who’s who’ of Pickleball play every winter.

There is play of all abilities, but it is fun to watch so many people that have won national championships and, perhaps, get some tips from them. When I first looked around the Surprise public courts it was a ‘wow moment’….look, there’s so and so and over there, isn’t that……

As well, Phil sent me some info on the southern states that I plan to use for another Pickleball safari. Thanks Phil.

Thanks to Elisabeth Martin for the intriguing info on Bend, Oregon and to Don Wilson for the hiking info about Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles.

A ‘special tap of the paddle’ to our daughter Heather for creating “Deep Dinker”… Brilliant!

Last, not least, to my spouse Pamela for her superlative assistance……THANKS HON !

IN NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE COURT:

  • MORE RITE WAY PICKLEBALL
  • THE DON’T MISS INTERVIEW OF GWEN CHEW
  • AND MUCH MORE

‘Pickle well’,

DJ BAKER.

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