Join us for these fun Learn to Play clinics! Parks and Recreation staff and/or Zoo Town Pickleball players will be on hand to teach you the basics of the game and get you ready to attend our Open Play sessions and/or League Play.
All necessary equipment (paddles, balls, nets) will be available to use during the clinic. If you’ve never played pickleball, this is the place to start. Pre-registration required. For ages 12+.
|Learn To Play at Sports and Wellness Gym|
|1:15 - 2:45 pm|
|MPR Sports and Wellness gym, 1515 Fairview|
|$6 per person|
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LEVEL 2 FALL
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LEVEL 2 WINTER/SPRING
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Join us for active, fun, social Open Play sessions! Beginner to advanced players will enjoy the opportunity to learn the sport and/or work on their game with a variety of competitors. We’ll provide the nets, paddles and balls for each session; or bring your own paddle and ball. Monthly schedules subject to change.
The Selkirk AMPED Invikta X-5 Fiber Flex Paddle (midweight model), provided by Pickleball Central’s paddle demo program, is the first and only brand new paddle I’ve used to date. As far as performance goes, I could right away notice improvements over the other paddles I’ve been using.
This paddle comes with a slightly longer grip, which was comfortable and could allow for two-handed shots if that’s your thing. The handle isn’t the only thing that is slightly elongated, as the paddle itself sports a longer, slimmer profile than I was used to. A minuscule weight increase from the paddles I have previous experience with was noticeable at first, but I found it didn’t detract from my play at all. In fact, the increased weight helped my performance, but more on that later. Looks wise, the black and gray colors on the demo paddle appeal to me, but there are a range of other colors available. Overall this paddle gave a great first impression.
On the court, the weight of the paddle felt good in my hand, and provided some of my shots with more “pop” than I am used to getting. This, in turn, allowed me to take a little off some of my hits, and have greater control while still getting plenty of zip. Speaking of control, the large sweet spot and the control afforded by this paddle also made it great for dinking. I found I was able to be much more consistent at dropping shots into the kitchen than I normally am (instead of hitting them up to get smashed back into my face). The longer paddle face and handle also provided me with great reach, which I can fully appreciate as I have a lazy habit of not moving my feet. On the serve, the slight topspin I usually impart was noticeably increased. Not being much of a spinner myself, this stood out to me and leads me to believe this paddle would also be great for those who are looking to get more spin on their shots (although I can’t comment too much on that regard).
Overall this paddle looks and performs great. It is an all-around paddle, providing a good mix of power and touch. For the player looking to own just one paddle, I would recommend looking at this one. Thank you to Pickleball Central for providing this paddle to our program as a demo, the paddle and others made by Selkirk can be found here: http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Selkirk_Sports_s/127.htm
Reviewed by Hunter G, Missoula, MT.
What Is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast- paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature.
How it is Played
Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. New players can learn the game quickly in a single session. No special apparel is needed, just something comfortable and appropriate for a court sport. Equipment is inexpensive and easily portable. It can be played at a leisurely pace or at a highly competitive level—making it ideal for all ages and abilities.