It’s true. Perhaps it’s the only truth behind the myth that is the Paddle Geek.
Super heroes don’t just spring out of the ground, or crash land here from other planets. Okay, well some do, but those are the one’s Batman and I hate. We talk on Tuesdays about it.
Summer, 2011 I was on a 3 hour treadmill run. I pretty much did this every day as I trained for my first marathon. I was 29 and had 3 kids and 1 kid on the way. I was the at home parent and the YMCA was the only way I stayed sane. I maxed out their insanely cheap “child watch” every day of the week. Running a marathon had been a dream of mine since high school and it was time to make it happen. Even if that meant treadmill long runs to do it.
One day I was interrupted from my daily dose of “Matlock” and accompanying AARP commercials by a commotion in the gym below me. It tripped one of my super powers immediately, I sensed fun. I can sense fun from… well, from as far as a normal person can hear sound. Pretty amazing I know.
I had to investigate. Maybe it was the Matlock fan in me. Coincidentally the ruckus was being caused by fit and fun seniors! They even shared my love of Matlock! It was meant to be.
Of course I loved Pickleball the very first time. If you’re reading this, you did too. I grew up playing ping pong and tennis recreationally. Pickleball combined the elements I loved from both sports and it created something greater than either of them.
My marathon training was rigorous, but I had Fridays off. Pickleball became my “dessert” after a week of hard work.
Did I mention I was a liar earlier? Well here’s where that comes in. You see I have a bit of a super power for wanting gear and buying it. Okay that’s not a super power, but that’s what I do. Well my wife doesn’t appreciate this super power as much as I wish she did you see. So as I began this new sport, I promised her I wouldn’t become obsessed and buy all the gear. I told her I’d just use the wooden paddle supplied by the Y.
Well it’s now 9 years later and at my last count I own 144 paddles. In my defense I’ve only purchased 6. Oh, then those 14 to start the pickleball program locally in Silver Bay, MN, but let’s not count those okay?? Thanks.
So that’s the first and worst lie. The next one is that I’m here to help you guys make an informed decision about pickleball paddles and equipment. Really I’m just a treasure hoarding dragon that wants all the shiny things and keeps them in his garage… I mean geek lab.
Am I a fraud? Just a man? A myth? A legend? A [paddle] Geek?? I’ll let you decide.
One thing is for sure and that’s that I know waaaaay too much about paddles and pickleball. If you need help deciding what ball to use, paddle to buy, or have ANY pickleball question, I’ll always don my cape and save the day. … or at least answer your question more thoroughly than anyone in the pickleball world can.
Gotta justify the paddle treasury some how.