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NBC Nightly News
Great pickleball video from Brian Willams and Mark Potter from NBC News aired 3/18/14
Why You Should Play Pickleball
A fun video from the North Georgia Pickleball Club on why pickleball is great for all ages and abilities offering fun, friends and competition.
Pickleball 411: 3 Tips for Doubles Play
National champions Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner share their doubles tips
Pickleball is a Great Workout!
Joe Valenti and friends put together this great video of high-level indoor pickleball action. Notice all the different shots they play during a single point and their court movement for some heart pumping exercise
A Game For All Ages Including Youth!
See this great USAPA.org video featuring younger pickleball players and the growth of the game of pickleball.
Videos of St. Louis Pickleball Players
Twin City Firecracker Pickleball Tourn.
June 25, 2107 - Men's 5.0/4.5 Doubles
STL Jason Weirzchucki & Mike Chapin in mens doubles 4.5 match against AZ Dave Zapatka & Springfield, MO Keenan Gore
Pickleball Palooza - Mexico, MO
Feb. 25, 2017 - Mixed Doubles
STL Maria Pablo Mendez & Mike Chapin take on STL Mahdi Besovic and Doug Lorella in a gold medal match.
Show-Me Games - Columbia, MO
June 14, 2015 - Men's 4.5 Doubles
STL Mike Chapin in mens singles 4.5 match against Ford Roberson (TX) for silver medal match
Video of St. Louis Pickleball 50th Anniversary Round Robin Event and Advanced Skills Clinic - June 26 & 28, 2015.
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PickleballCentral.com Paddle Review Program:
HEAD Xtreme Tour Graphite Paddle - 8/15/17
I enjoyed playing with the new Head Xtreme Tour Graphite Pickleball Paddle. I was excited to try this new paddle out as Head is one of the industry leaders in racket sports and apparel. Also, Sarah Ansboury has now moved to playing with this paddle from watching her at the Recent US Open for Pickleball. Upon opening the paddle a few things stuck out for me. The shape of the paddle is different than most anything in the market today. From more tradition square or rectangular shape, it looks like the corners where shaved down to angles. I understand this to be a weight saving strategy in the paddle and offers some real low angle shots during dinking and short-hopping a ball. Also the grip was very comfortable and tacky in my hand. Most grips are not as tacky as this one, maybe because it was brand new just out of the package. I thought the color scheme was cool with the large Head Logo on the face and Head name on the thin edge guard. After playing with the paddle for an hour or so, I really liked the power the paddle had when I was driving balls or returning volleys. The Durafast 40 and Franklin X40 balls seemed to really penetrate the wind with power and spin capabilities. Both top spin and slice spin shots. Initially I had some challenges with balls that were shorter in front of me where I had to reach out… not having the corner edges, really makes you have to focus on hitting the ball in the middle of the paddle, so that might be good for some people, but maybe not for everyone that needs a bigger surface area for their paddle. Finally I really like the control I could gain from dinking and the soft game. Both slice and top spin dinks could be easily hit and controlled in direction and depth. Overall I would recommend this paddle for a tournament ready 3.5+ - 5.0 player.
Mark Smith - 4.0 STL Player
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