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Pickleball mania

Pickleball is growing in popularity in Iowa, especially among seniors who love the competition and camaraderie of the sport.
Pickleball is growing in popularity in Iowa, especially among seniors who love the competition and camaraderie of the sport.

There's a fast-growing sport in Iowa that is drawing in new players of all ages. It is called pickleball, and those who play it will likely tell you it is good, addictive fun.

Never heard of pickleball, or played it? Well, the sport has been around since the 1960s, but has started gaining popularity over the last 10 years.

What is pickleball? Think of what would happen if you combined elements of tennis, badminton, racquetball and ping pong and played it on a smaller-sized tennis court.

To really appreciate it, you need to watch people play in-person and then jump in and give it a try yourself.

Hitting a whiffle ball with large, ping pong-like paddles may not sound very difficult, but don't let the stereotype of the sport being for “older...




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