Pickleball News – 20190501 – Archived Version

Pickleball News – 20190501 – Archived Version

Hello Phoenix Area Players:

Archived Version of a Previous Newsletter

This is an archived version of a previously issued pickleball newsletter. The most current N. Phoenix Newsletter is available by clicking HERE!

Here is the latest N. Phoenix Area Pickleball News


2019 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships
********** Videos via Pickleball Channel **********

This is an exciting time in the world of pickleball. The 2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships are currently underway. Last year there were YouTube Videos of some of the top matches and for those players who might be interested, the Pickleball Channel has begun to place some of the 2019 videos from key matches online. You can see the video du jour HERE. [ At the web page, click on the graphic to see the video ] The video changes day-by-day and perhaps more often.

See the other scheduled matches under the graphic.

I am just passing along this information to members of our email list as a service to our PB community. I am not directly associated with the Pickleball Channel or any entity involved.


********** A Fun Thing! **********

In addition, the publisher of Pickleball Magazine (digital edition free with USAPA membership) has sent a “catalogue” of many current pickleball paddles, balls, bags and various other accessories. It is fun to review to see what is available similar to the legendary, but now defunct, Sears Catalog.

There are also two articles in the magazine which might be of interest. One is “Choosing the Right Paddle” (pp.11-13); a question I am asked many times.

When you think about it, a very important component of each and every pickleball game is the ball itself, however I think that most of us tend to take it for granted. You might be interested to read about “The Evolution Of the Ball and How It’s Going to Impact Your Game” (pp.49-51). I think you will find it enlightening and perhaps we will all look a little bit longer at those holes the next time we pick up a ball to serve.

Click HERE for the catalogue.


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I hope to see you on the courts!


Jeff Ross

Photography: Videos – Landscape Hints and Ideas

There are many, many videos on the Internet related to almost every aspect of photography ranging from the technical to the artistic and abstract and everything in between. One field of photography in which I have a strong interest is landscape photography and hobbyists can spend days on end watching nothing but videos about landscape photography.

I have seen dozens over the years and I want to highlight the two resources below because I feel they are especially well done and they have worthy ideas that may be new for many.

My TOP 5 best TIPS for composition in Landscape Photography
by Mads Peter Iversen

Mads Peter Iversen offers his most important tips for successful landscape photography. What I liked about this 16:35 video is that Mads not only offers his ideas, but then he demonstrates what he wishes to convey by showing examples. This makes it immensely useful!

Here are his five areas of concentration in the video below:

  • Focal point
  • Leading lines
  • Brightness, contrast and faces
  • Balance
  • Elements within the frame and the need for “breathing room”

Simple IDEAS for CREATIVE outdoor photography
by Nigel Danson

From the YouTube page:

The possibilities in photography are endless. Landscape photography is no different. Whatever the light or location you can get great images. In this video I talk a bit more about getting creative with out of focus elements and intentional camera movement ICM. And preview the ICELAND series coming soon….

See more photography posts HERE and visit Jeff’s Instagram site HERE showcasing a number of landscape photographs.



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More Pickleball Strategy & Tips from Jeff Shank – Video

Things to watch for in this video

  • Why would Jeff want to “fake” poach a ball?
  • What is a good ready position? Where should the paddle be?
  • What paddle adjustment needs to be made when a ball is hit at your feet?
  • What adjustment to your stroke do you need to make if you are back-peddling?
  • Listen to Jeff’s explanation regarding how to defend a shot going around the post. (see the note below)
  • NOTE – Some players may not realize that a ball does not have to go over the net to be a valid shot in pickleball. If your team hits a ball wide so that it pulls the player to the side of the court and your opponent is able to hit the ball around the post (i.e. without it going over the net) and it lands on your team’s side of the court in bounds, it is a legitimate shot.

  • What does Jeff suggest is a key to getting a shot to go deeper, especially the serve?
  • Watch and listen to how Jeff suggests a player can avoid hitting the ball into the net on an easy, high ball when you are moving forward to the net.

    NOTE – To find out about this series of posts, i.e. 100 Pickleball Strategies by Jeff Shank, read the first post HERE


    To See additional Pickleball Videos Covering Many Aspects of the Game Click Here (primarily for beginners and less experienced players)

    Check out Additional Pickleball Info and Videos! (for all players including average to more experienced players)

    Pickleball – The Voice of Experience – Hammer and Lucore

    Alex Hammer and Jennifer Lucore write the column Around the Post for Pickleball Magazine. In the December, 2016 issue, they wrote an article:

    What Did the Gold Medalists Learn at Nationals VIII?

    The article provides bits of wisdom garnered from the tournament participants. Here are two examples:

    “Never stop being a student of the game: As the game and players continue to evolve so must your game; what worked last year probably won’t be enough this year. There is an endless amount of video at your fingertips; study individuals to see what mechanics and shot selections worked and which did not in each situation.”

    Matt Staub – Gold: Doubles 19+; Bronze: Open Doubles & Mixed Doubles 19+

    “I think the best lesson I learned was about recovering from a close loss. After you get all the way to the semi-finals or winners bracket final and you have a close loss, it’s hard to get motivated and reset for that next match. It’s never over in pickleball though so you’ve got to let that first loss go and keep fighting. In that same vein, you’re never out of a game. I came back twice from being down 10-7 (match point) in this tournament and a few other times from being 6 or 7 points behind. Just focus on playing each point well, and good things can happen.”

    Daniel MooreGold: Doubles 19+ & Singles 19+; Bronze: Open Doubles & Open Singles

    Due to space limitations, there were hints and ideas that could not make it into the magazine. Jennifer Lucore has published the more detailed article (including the two tidbits presented above) on her website and you can read it here:

    What Did the Gold Medalists Learn at Nationals VIII?



    To See additional Pickleball Videos Covering Many Aspects of the Game Click Here (primarily for beginners and less experienced players)

    Check out Additional Pickleball Info and Videos! (for all players including average to more experienced players)

    Professional Bird Photography Tips

    One of my favorite photographers to follow is Scott Bourne. If you don’t know of him, just do a search on the Internet. Scott’s name will show up many times because even as a very talented and gifted professional, he gives freely of his knowledge to help others advance their skills.

    Blue Heron
    Picture by Jeff Ross, Scott Bourne’s pictures would be much, much better!

    One of Scott Bourne’s favorite subjects is birds. I enjoy photographing birds as well, but I am a rank amateur. I do my best, but as indicated in the referenced articles below, capturing the best bird pictures is hard!

    Scott provides twenty tips for capturing your best shots in the articles:

    10 Down & Dirty Quick Bird Photography Tips

    How To Photograph Birds | 20 Tips & Some Resources

    Here are three of the tips just as a sample…

    Start Big. Practice with larger birds such as pelicans, gulls and herons. Also practice at local zoos. Captive birds will give you a chance to study behavior, hone your skills and become familiar with bird photography (and your gear) and guarantee enough keepers that you won’t be frustrated.

    Track the Sun. I’m not much for photography religions but if I were – this would be the one I would practice. Photograph birds with your back to the sun. Especially when you are just starting out. Birds look best when front lit. Sidelight may be the landscape photographer’s friend, but it’s the avian photographer’s enemy. Keep the sun at your back, or in other words, point your shadow at the birds. Believe it. Practice it. Live by it. You’ll get better shots.

    Shoot Shutter Priority. When shooting birds in flight, use shutter priority. A fast shutter speed is essential to capturing birds in flight. Unless you want to blur the subject for creative reasons, a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second should be your minimum preferred shutter speed. Also use the lowest ISO you can and still get a fast shutter speed.”

    Notice Scott’s advice about side light which may be good for landscape, but not for birds!

    You can also find Scott Bourne on the photofocus website which I believe he founded.

    Of course, one of the best ways to improve any photographic skill is to get out there and practice. Take pictures and examine them. Which are good, which are best, which are worst? Find out why and you are well on your way to doing your best work.