Play Pickleball During Your Next Sanibel Island Vacation!

Pickleball has been identified as the American sport with the fastest growth. It is a combination of ping pong, badminton, and tennis. There are several locations to learn and play pickleball on Sanibel and Captiva Island, where it is well-liked, and a popular sport.

It is a paddle sport that may be played in single or double matches, on a court about the size of a badminton doubles court. In 1965, three men who were tired of playing golf created pickleball. While trying to set up badminton, they failed to locate a shuttlecock. After lowering the badminton net and constructing temporary paddles out of plywood in the shed, they grabbed a Wiffle ball.

Continue reading to learn more about this fascinating sport and how you can play during your next stay at a Sanibel Island vacation rental.

Why Pickleball?

People playing pickleball
Photo from Shutterstock

People of all ages may play pickleball, the sky is the limit. A paddle is required to play this unconventional sport. The game combines elements from three primary games:

  • Badminton 
  • Tennis 
  • Ping-pong

A paddle and a plastic ball with holes are all you need to start playing pickleball, which may be 

played alone, alternatively, with two-men/women teams. 

The name “pickleball” is alluring enough to draw an audience in. It is as entertaining as it sounds. The game has swiftly spread throughout the United States and Canada due to its straightforward rules and lack of the need for heavy equipment. International communities have also established courts for the sport, and countries, including Asia and Europe, have taken an interest in pickleball.

Pickleball has taken off in Florida, and the ideal weather in South Florida makes it a terrific place to play. Due to its ideal climate for playing and the prominence of courts in the area, Sanibel Island real estate is in high demand. It is also a quite popular activity for those staying in Sanibel Island vacation homes.

How Do You Play?

Pickleball paddle and ball
Photo from Shutterstock

The most excellent approach to enhance your gameplay is to practice. To properly improve your game, you should play single and double matches as often as possible on the court. However, there are several guidelines and techniques you may use to boost your performance right away:

  • Maintain your readiness: You must be able to react fast, which necessitates maintaining your focus between shots to lessen the likelihood of being caught off guard.
  • Dink early in the match: A dink is a short, soft drop shot that originates from the non-volley line and swiftly crosses the goal. Longer shots are often used as a strategic approach, and most players begin with them.

To put yourself in a better position for the remainder of the game, try to lift the shot on your third attempt. If the opponent decides to dink, many players will slam the ball hard and they will need more time to approach the goal.

When playing double matches, communication is essential since you need to move as a team. Collaborate with your partner beforehand so they can anticipate what you’re doing on the court. 

Pickleball professionals advise newcomers to simplify their game and grasp the fundamentals before attempting more complex maneuvers. Additionally, you can find lessons, videos, and forums, where you can listen to other devoted player’s advice, which can help you improve your game.

After the tournament, you can meet your opponents in a local Sanibel Island restaurant to discuss how you played. You may improve your game by getting feedback from others on the mechanics of the game, and the feedback can help you to improve on the court. 

Plan Your Visit

Ready to experience all the fun of pickleball for yourself? Find your perfect Sanibel or Captiva Island vacation rental and get to playing!

Where To Play?

There are several locations in and around Sanibel where you are able to play pickleball. The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club is one of the many popular places. Other places to play pickleball on Sanibel Island include Sundial Beach Resort & Spa and The Sanibel Recreation Center. It is important to look online at the venue prior to showing up to play. Many venues may require you to either pay a membership fee or reserve a court ahead of time to ensure your spot. 

Where to Stay

Pickleball has become such a popular sport, that many people around the local Sanibel and Captiva Island, as well as from all over the world, are seeking out homes in locations with close proximity to courts. If you are a Pickleball fan, why not take a look at Sanibel Island vacation rentals for the opportunity to rent one of our gorgeous homes? Or if you are looking for something more permanent, you may consider one of our Sanibel Island homes for sale or Captiva Island homes for sale as a second home or investment property. We look forward to hearing from you!