Tony Roig

Do you plan where to hit the pickleball or are you more reactionary?

By Tony Roig / December 4, 2021 /

Intentionality is a big concept. It covers a lot of ground. CJ and I use intentionality as a guiding principle in everything we do at WeArePickleball. From videos to camps to a phone conversation with a member. A great deal of what we teach can be boiled down to applying intentionality in your game and…

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Take the Guesswork Out of Your Pickleball Shoes

By Tony Roig / November 22, 2021 /

Your paddle is important, sure. But what about the gear that gets you to where you need to be to swing the paddle? Yep, your shoes. Playing in the right pickleball shoes is arguably even more critical than the paddle you play with. Playing with the wrong shoes can cause you difficulty on the court.…

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Pickleball Serve Rules-Should This Serve Be Legal?

By Tony Roig / November 4, 2021 /

Making the Case The chainsaw serve has received plenty of attention of late. Ever since Pro Player Zane Navratil began using it successfully, many players have, rightly, asked whether the chainsaw serve is something they should add to their game. As you may already know, the chainsaw serve has been banned for 2022. But there’s…

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Is a Pickleball Camp Right for You?

By Tony Roig / October 30, 2021 /

We get this question all the time: “Will going to pickleball camp help my game?” The answer, as is often the case in real life, is “It depends.” Here are some of the questions you should ask and some considerations to help you determine if a pickleball camp is right for you. Is pickleball improvement…

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Make Pickleball Fun Again

By Tony Roig / October 27, 2021 /

Are you finding that pickleball has become less fun for you than it once was? I have experienced this in my journey and recently have heard from many players that their relationship with the game has diminished. For example, a friend told me, “I do not feel like I’m having fun anymore. I do not…

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Play Pickleball on a Tennis Court

By Tony Roig / October 15, 2021 /

You want to play pickleball. But there are no pickleball courts available. No problem; as long as there’s a tennis court nearby you can play pickleball.  Just a basic tennis court – nothing else.  And based on our travels around the country, there are available tennis courts almost everywhere. A whole pickleball court is only 2…

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Play Pickleball? No…Thank…You

By Tony Roig / September 29, 2021 /

It took me almost 52 years to figure out how to properly use this simple three-word phrase, no thank you, to exercise my agency. I had been playing in a group. There were a few other players drilling and some playing on courts near us. We were done for the day and were getting ready…

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Diadem Icon Pickleball Paddle Review

By Tony Roig / August 18, 2021 /
Diadem Icon Pickleball Paddle

The Diadem Icon Pickleball Paddle is the best paddle you haven’t heard of … yet. If you are looking for a paddle that offers perhaps the best overall playability; comfort, control, power, and feel of any paddle out there, read on. And if you decide to go with the Diadem Icon paddle, make sure to…

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Caution – Bad Pickleball Advice Ahead

By Tony Roig / May 7, 2021 /

Most of us started our pickleball journey learning from the pickleball enthusiasts who preceded us. The sport was passed down to us from the court elders or the group’s pickleball experts who shared their nuggets of wisdom. “Stand up there when I am returning serve.” “The first team to serve only gets 1 serve.” “After…

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STOP Making this Competitive Pickleball Mistake!

By Tony Roig / April 2, 2021 /

Are you stacking when in competitive or tournament play? If not, you are making a huge mistake. Whenever you are playing in a competitive or tournament setting, you are usually playing against players at your level. You might win. Or they might. The difference in skill between you and many of your opponents will be…

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