Pickleball Therapy

Your Relationship with Pickleball
Much of the information available about pickleball has to do with the details: How do I hit a certain shot? What is the latest paddle thing going on? What is the rule about [__________]?
There are many fewer resources that tackle our relationship with pickleball. The term “relationship” is one we use very intentionally. If you are reading these words, then you are more than just a once in a while player of the sport called pickleball. Rather, you are someone who enjoys a multi-faceted relationship with pickleball.
Social, exercise, personal growth, fun, challenge, activity, grounding, addiction – all words used by pickleball players to describe why they play pickleball. Our relationship usually encompasses a combination of several of these terms. Thinking of it as a “relationship” more accurately captures the importance and extent of our interaction with pickleball.
Why is this important? Because it signals to us that there is more to it than just finding the key to that perfect third shot drop. There is a bigger picture to our interaction with pickleball. Understanding this will allow us to enjoy the fullest experience and get the most out of our sport.
This is the sort of thing we dive into each week on Pickleball Therapy. We aim to be an oasis in an otherwise sparse landscape where you can come in and get some shade and a sip of water. You can find the podcast on all podcast platforms (Apple, Spotify, etc.) and also on YouTube. Just type in Pickleball Therapy and see what it is all about.
Come in out of the sun and take a respite. We’ll be there.

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What is Pickleball Therapy?

The podcast dedicated to your pickleball improvement. We are here to help you achieve your pickleball goals, with a focus on the mental part of your game. Our mission is to share with you a positive and more healthy way of engaging with pickleball. Together let’s forge a stronger relationship with the sport we all love. With the added benefit of playing better pickleball too. No matter what you are trying to accomplish in your pickleball journey, Pickleball Therapy is here to encourage and support you.

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Hello and welcome to Pickleball Therapy, the podcast dedicated to your pickleable improvement. My name is Tony Roig. I am your host of this weekly podcast. In this podcast, we are going to look at why pickleball therapy. In other words, what's the reason to get pickleball therapy? And I have to give a shout out here to Jennifer from our Better Pickleball Team who turned me on to this thinking, right? So she asked me, we were chatting about the podcast and the direction it was headed and things like that. And she says, well, what's the point of the podcast? What are you trying to do? So it got me to thinking. I made some notes, and I wanted to share them with you because I think it's helpful here for all of us who listen to this podcast, who are part of this podcast, the Pickleball Therapy family, if you will, to just refresh what it is that we're trying to accomplish through this podcast, as me as your host, and you as a listener of podcast. So I made some notes, so I'm going to read them to you now and see what you think about them.

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Let me know at therapybetterpickleball. Com if this resonated with you in terms of Pickleball Therapy and why we come together on a weekly basis if not more, to get some Pickleball Therapy. And so first question I ask myself is, why does Pickleball Therapy exist? So Pickleball is awesome, right? But it's more than just a sport that we play. Pickleball is part of us, right? It's like family. There are, however, forces that can undermine our relationship with pickleball, whether it's a loss of perspective, a sense of no longer belonging, or just noise. We can find ourselves feeling less than, put that in quotes, right? We can find ourselves feeling, quote, unquote, less than about our pickleball. The enthusiasm and love we felt for pickleball can be dulled. Our relationship with pickleball is important to us. Pickleball therapy is here to help us strengthen this relationship and to help us defend it, defend the relationship, against potentially damaging influences. So that's, in a nutshell, why we created Pickleball Therapy. We know pickleball is super important for you, not just as a player, for you as a person, as a human being. Pickleball becomes a super important part of our lives and how we interact with the world.

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And a lot A lot of the joy that we get out of the world can come from pickleball. But there are forces, and I'll talk about those a little bit more in a minute. Some of those are internal, some are external. And so we designed pickleball therapy to help strengthen us. I against those negative forces, against those negative influences that can undermine our very important relationship with pickleball. And that's the objective of this podcast. Now, there's different components to strengthening, right? So Sometimes it means strengthening our minds in terms of our perspective and knowing that no one can really take this away from us unless we allow them to. Those types of things, that's internal strength, mental strength. And then there's just being more competent as pickleball players, both in knowledge and in execution, will give us more confidence. And the more confident we are, the less likely we are to slide into feeling less than, right? Which is what we're to avoid. So reading some more of the P pickleball Therapy episodes focus on the mental aspects of our Pickleball. We share tools and concepts that you can use to maintain a healthy and productive perspective with the sport that you love.

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And let me define the problem for you a little bit, and then I'll provide to you what I believe is a solution to that problem, at least on paper. It's harder to implement, but on paper, this is what I think happens. So sometimes the problem is this: pickleball players become dissatisfied with the sport they otherwise love. And dissatisfaction can be, and remember, I mentioned it can be internal/external, so it can come from themselves, themselves as a player. And it's, I just can't get this. I'm not good enough. I'm stuck. I can't improve. It's all on I can't. Then sometimes the satisfaction could come from results. I'm always losing. I can't get better. So that's a results-oriented thing. Basically, I'm tying it to some external results-driven metric. Or the satisfaction can come from a loss of identity in terms of our place in the game. So this is our interaction with pickleball, and that comes from... A lack of confidence can be a big source of that problem. So solutions can come from improved perspective. An example there would be winning is a bad metric, right? Is a good way of changing your perspective with the game, right?

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And saying, that win-loss doesn't make sense. I can throw that out the door. That's a better perspective, a better approach on how we come to the game. We could also improve our perspective or perspective by focusing on the reasons why we play, right? We don't play to come and win a bunch of games. We could play because of social or exercise or whatever it is, that's a really good way of refocusing ourselves in terms of our perspective. So improved perspective is one solution. Improved play is another solution, which is things that we can do to reduce the anxiety when we're out on the court. Sometimes that's perspective and play. All these have some overlap. But for instance, when you're playing, knowing that no one else has time for your business, meaning no one's really paying attention to what you're doing out on the court, even though we think that there's a spotlight on us every time we make a mistake. Not true. The other players have the same thoughts going through their heads, so they're not really worried about you. Just knowing that can improve your calmness while you're playing, which will improve how you play.

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Also, just improving your focus when you're out there can help because you're focusing on things that will help you actually play pickleball, as opposed to focusing on noise out on the pickleball court. So improving Improved play can help be part of the solution. And then improved progress, right? Feeling like you're growing, right? Avoiding distractions, staying on the path to your success, to your improvement, to your progress. Those are different ways that you can resolve or strengthen yourself against what is going to be normal, right? Meaning these forces that are going to batter you sometimes when you're playing. If you become better at your perspective, better at your play, and better at your progress, better in the game, then you're going to be a stronger player, not just in terms of your results, not just in terms of level and how well you play when you're out there, but in terms of your ability to withstand these potentially undermining forces that can exist out there. And lastly, I want to leave you with this. This is for folks who I jotted down as to who pickleball therapy is for. pickleballtherapy is for players who want a fuller and deeper relationship relationship with pickleball.

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And we use that term relationship very conscientiously, very intentionally. Again, as I mentioned at the beginning, pickleball for us, if you're listening to this podcast, you're not a casual player. You're not just showing up on a Thursday once a month and hitting the ball around. You are serious about pickleball in the sense that it is an important part of your life. So you have a relationship with pickleball. It goes beyond just what happens on the court. Pickleball therapy is for players who are feeling dissatisfied with themselves or their place in the game. We try and provide a safe harbor where you come in here, you know that there's no judgment in here, there's no criticism in here. It's all about helping you grow as a pickleball player, growing your relationship. Pickleball therapy is for players who want to continue improving or growing in the game. Pickleball offers a great opportunity to us, right? To continue our growth, to continue our development. There's no such thing as we're too old to learn or we're too old to change, and that's nonsense. You keep going and keep growing as long as you want to, Pickleball will have something to teach you.

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And the Pickleball Therapy is for players who want a healthier and stronger mental game. I'm generally, I tried not to use the term stronger mental game because it can be confusing sometimes. What I mean by stronger mental game here is a ability to withstand adversity and potential negative influence, so that they're not the I'm going to win, ra, ra, ra, 140 % and things like that, stronger. But definitely, you can develop a healthier and stronger mind, right? Relative to your pickleball. And what's cool is that the stronger you get in using pickleball as your arena, right? To develop as your gym to work on this, the stronger your mind will be in every aspect of your life. When you go to the supermarket and the person in front of you takes out the checkbook, I've used this one before. So hopefully, don't think about... If you take out a checkbook in the supermarket, no judgment, it's fine. But you know what I mean? When you're in a rush and things slow you down or you're expecting a call from someone and you don't get it or whatever happens, you'll have a much stronger mental base from which to deal with those situations, which, pickle and life as well will throw your away.

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Those are just some thoughts as to pickleball therapy and why pickleball therapy exists. But more importantly for you, it's why pickleball therapy is important to you. Why maintaining a connection with pickle therapy is something that if it's being helpful to you, please continue it, because that's what Pigable Therapy is all about. And we always close our podcast by saying, if you enjoy the podcast, share with your friends because you enjoy it, they probably will, too. I have it memorized, so I can say it pretty quickly. And the reason we do that is because we believe that Pigable Therapy can provide help to players who meet the criteria that I mentioned, the four criteria that I mentioned there. And so if you know somebody who is into pickleball and could benefit from this conversation, this therapy at the at the end of the day, then sharing it with them is a gift that you can give to them. And it's as podcast, just giving you a little inside scoop here. It's not easy to get our podcast in front of players who don't know about the podcast. What I mean by that is like, there's a player out there who we don't know, they don't know us.

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And how are they going to see the podcast? Maybe on a Facebook post or we don't have billboards in every city. It's just not feasible, right? So the The most realistic way that a player is going to hear about pickle therapy is from another player. And so if you feel strongly about pickle therapy, again, we ask you to remember it. And if you are so inclined to share with somebody else who you see that's having a struggle, that's having a moment, because sometimes that help can be the difference between keeping them in the game, a game that they love, a game that they continue growing in, or them becoming dissatisfied, and in extreme cases, leaving the sport of pick-up. So that's why we are so passionate about sharing these messages and also asking you continually to spread the message about about pickleball therapy. One last note, if there's an important aspect to pickle therapy that I missed in this podcast or in my notes, in terms of who pickle therapy is for, what type of player, the problems that you're facing, the solutions that you think might help it, and things like that, let me know.

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Send me an email at therapy@betterpickleball. Com. Those emails land directly in my inbox. They are not They don't go to a support team or anything like that. They go directly to my inbox. So if you want to reach out to me and let me know what pickleball therapy means to you, or that you're a certain type of player, or we're in need of something that I didn't mention, that would be good to know because at the end of the day, we do our best to bring to you a podcast that we believe will help you in your journey as pickleball players and strengthening that relationship. But at the end of the day, the reason we make this podcast is for you. So the better we know what's going on out there with you, the better we can prepare the podcast to hopefully help as best we can. I hope you enjoyed this podcast and a refresher on why pickleball therapy matters. And I'll see you at our next podcast.