Pickleball--Week of 01/17/2021

The Winter weather pattern is definitely here…..a lot of cold temperatures, wind, and rain/snow flurries occurring on a regular basis. Next week looks a little warmer mid-week, but, possibly more showers. Some of us have been playing outdoors when the temperature is in the low to mid thirties which is usually around 10:00 AM or so. Indoor play is picking up lately and there’s a lot of activity at the outdoor courts in the afternoons.

Good news, Spring will be here in 67 days !!


Here’s a great tip from Jennifer Lucore, 17-time National Champion and member of the Pickleball Hall of Fame. It seems so simple, yet it is very effective in training your mind to always ‘be ready’.


Give Me the Ball !!


A new serve received a lot of attention last weekend at the Punta Gorda Pickleball Open. Zane Navratil from Racine, Wisconsin won the Pro Men’s Singles competition against Tyson McGuffin using this serve. It isn’t the drop serve that’s coming out Jan. 25th, but, this technique produces a huge amount of pace and topspin. Here’s Zane explaining the serve:


Next Gen Pickleball Serve


Here’s the entire match starting about the 7:43 mark.


Men’s Pro Singles Final


Here’s the video of the Pro Women’s Gold Medal Match at the Punta Gorda Open between Corrine Carr/Andrea Koop and the team of Leigh Waters and her sensational daughter, Anna Leigh Waters who is just 13 year old. It was an incredible match and you’ll be amazed at the advanced skills of this young teenager.


Women’s Pro Final


Here’s a photo of Leigh and Anna Leigh taken after the match sporting their gold medals:

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I have on hand some of the Onix orange indoor balls that I’m selling for a little under my cost (I hate change….in more ways than one !!) :) for only $2.00 each. Let me know soon because they won’t last long.


Rules question: Player A hits an overhead and on the follow thru hits the paddle out of his partners hand and it falls into NVZ.

Fault or no fault and why?


Answer: Rule 9. B. It is a fault if the volleying player or anything that has contact with the volleying player while in the act of volleying, touches the non-volley zone. During a volley, when the player hits his/her partner who goes into the NVZ or something he/she is holding/wearing goes into the NVZ, it is a fault.


COVID-19 Update:


Towns County had 53 new confirmed cases last week for a total of 813, and 0 additional deaths for a total of 26. 

Union County had 96 new cases for a total of 1634, and 2 additional deaths for a total of 47.


Union County is now close to being designated a Red/Critical county which means “Critical Community Spread”. This designation is based on number of hospitalizations, and the percent of tests that are positive, indicating very high levels of viral spread across the region. As a result, Union County Hospital has suspended all elective surgeries for the foreseeable future. Towns Co. is now completely surrounded by these Red Counties (Clay in NC, Rabun, White, Hall, Lumpkin, and Habersham).


Towns County Health Dept. Update:

Beginning Jan. 22nd, Covid tests will no longer be offered. If you need/want a Covid test, contact your family physician or call the District 2 COVID Call Center at 1-888-426-5073.


I can only assume the confirmed cases in our area will show a significant decrease due to this upcoming testing situation when, in fact, lack of testing will be the cause of the decrease and not actual cases. I might add, all the numbers I’ve been posting the last 10 months are lower than actual cases due to the unknown number of people that have relatively mild cases and don’t get tested.


If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, visit http://phdistrict2.org/ and register online or call 1-888-426-5073.


You have to be careful how you pose your question:

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Well, that’ll do it for this week. Keep safe…….


John Hall

Check Out The GA Mountain Pickleball Virtual Rally Video  


Thanks to Beth and Dean McCoy for putting this together.  You will probably recognize some of the local Pickleball players in the video.  If anyone has any Pickleball related videos, pictures, or stories while we have been quarantined please send them to gamtnpb@gmail.com.

Georgia Mountain Pickleball

Playing Schedule this Week:  


Go to our web page for the all the daily times for the week at all the venues in Towns, Clay, White and Rabun counties. 

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