Congrats to our own Christie Borne on her recent pickle ball certification

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 (
  • Published in five issues of USPTA’s ADDvantage magazine
  • Author of Pickleball ~ One Court at a Time (Growing Homegrown Programs)

Pickleball Paddle Review

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.

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Randy Share

Randy Share – Pickleball Paddle Review

Pickle Ball Food Drive

Pickle Ball Food Drive headed up by Greg Allen

Note from our President Randy Share:

Congrats to our club for making our Food Drive for Mountain Pine Baptist Church Food Pantry such a great success!!!  Many families will eat better this Thanksgiving do to the efforts of our club. Big THANK YOU to Greg Allen for organizing this important event! Below is a picture of Greg and helpers Jim and Charlie preparing a food delivery to the church.

Greg Allen, Jim Erickson, and Charlie John

So proud of our club!

PickleBall Club Open House October 14, 2017

A Microcosm of the Village Attends Open House

Pictures and Narrative submitted by Joyce Betts

We made over 50 new friends at our Open House on Oct. 14.  Attendees ranged in age from 14 to 70+ and their backgrounds were diverse: some were in the Village house hunting, some were visiting for the first time, some had lived in the Village anywhere from three days to 17 years, some were golfers, some were tennis players looking for a sport that would be easier on their joints, one was a hunter, and one was a young, excited Fountain Lake student with her mother.

Twenty of them came to the free clinic for beginners on the following Tuesday.  Watch out for them on the courts and make them welcome!  Some of them appear in the following slideshow of photos.

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