Visit from Gear Box Marketing
Thursday, May 10, 2018, HSV had visit from Rafael Filipino, Marketing representative for Gear Box Sports. The Pro Team for Gear Box Pickleball is on their way back from Naples Florida and the National Championships. They were in a 42 ft. Gear Box RV and are scheduling stops to let PB communities play with and Demo their paddles which are the unreleased new Paddle line.
Since HSV has one of the largest ownership’s of their paddles they wanted to schedule a stop here. Ian Tompkins set that up and reserved an HSV RV site for their vehicle. The play and demo was held Thursday at 10 am which was attended by many of our HSV Pickleball club members.
Below are some pictures from the event provided by Greg Allen.
Congrats to the Hot Springs Village Pickleball Medalists at the Mid America Indoor Pickleball Championships!
Picture by Randy Share
HSV medalists are: Seated (from left), Sue Fisher, Christie Borne, Julie Edmonds, Darrell Riffel, Vince Forte, Al Stout, Howard Buell, Nancy Ross, Tony Ross and Dennis Ramsdell; standing, F T Eyre, Ken Unger, DeWayne Guess, Terry Adler, Greg Allen, Warren Walters, Ed Smith, David Tappe, Tom Rayner, Steve Wilhite, Jim McPherson, Bub Lachel, Kate Tully and Kevin Farrell. Medalists not pictured are Jane Riffel, Betty Wilhite, Geoff Hodsdon, Winnie Montgomery, Jo Goings and Harry Thomas
Pickleball News link provided by FT Eyre
Team North America WINS First Ever Bainbridge Cup
Congratulations to Christie Borne for her recent International Pickleball Training Professional Association (IPTPA) certification
Along with her certification, Christie has been very active with Pickleball over the last few years as well as with our own HSV PB Club where she has served as President, Past President, held many PB training events, organized many social events, and has been the driver for player rating sessions. Here are a few of her other accomplishments:
- Currently teaching pickleball in Hot Springs Village, AR
- 9 years of pickleball teaching experience from grassroots level to experienced tournament players and 15 years teaching tennis
- Medaled four years in singles in her age group at the USAPA National Tournament and medaled in many other tournaments as a 4.5 player
- USPTA wheelchair and able-bodied certified
- Creator of Survive the Heat Pickleball Camps for Kids
- Founder of Pickleball Sisters (http://pickleballsisters.com)
- Published in five issues of USPTA’s ADDvantage magazine
- Author of Pickleball ~ One Court at a Time (Growing Homegrown Programs)
Pickleball Paddle Review
Several club members recently participated in a paddle review of the Selkirk AMPED Omni X5 FiberFlex paddle. The paddle was offered for our review via the PickleballCentral Paddle Review Program. I have compiled the results of our review.
The first thing we noticed is this is a more lengthy paddle with a shorter grip which is preferred by those that like a “ping pong” grip or have smaller hands. Next thing we noticed was the thickness of the paddle, but the relative lightness and excellent balance felt for it’s weight.
When hitting ground stokes with this paddle we liked how quiet it was. Great feature for play near those that are not as pickleball friendly. The paddle plays great for the finesse player. The FiberFlex face really allowed us to control the ball well during dinking and put a ton of spin on the ball. The paddle provided great power with little effort. Even miss hits seemed to still have adequate power. The large sweet spot on the lengthen face gave me great confidence that I would be able to have great control, even on shots I had to really reach for on the run. Some felt that maybe due to the longer profile the paddle had more of a drag with overheads and quick backhands which may make it more preferred by power players looking for more control and finesse.
We felt the Amped Omni X5 was best suited for players that wanted to maximize control of their shots, especially using spin since this paddle seems to hold the ball on the face better than other paddles we are currently using. It’s large sweet spot provides all the power you will ever need. Personally, never owning a lengthened paddle before I felt like I could reach anything.
I want to thank Pickleball Central for providing this Great paddle for our review.
For more information on this paddle go to http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Selkirk_Sports_s/127.htm.