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Hot Springs Village Hosted a “Company’s Coming” Event
NEW PICKLEBALL FACILITY HOSTS FIRST EVENT
Saturday, November 10, 2018
at our beautiful new Desoto Courts
Company’s Coming was the theme of the first pickleball event held Saturday November 10 at the new fourteen-court pickleball facility, located at the DeSoto Family Recreation Park. Featured were forty doubles teams from Southern Arkansas and hosted by many players from the Hot Springs Village Pickleball Club.
Teams consisted of two men, two women, or one man and one woman playing in skill levels from intermediate, or 2.5, to expert/advanced, or 4.5 to 5.0. Women were spotted one half skill level in the competition; however, the level of the most skilled player became the team’s skill level. Each of five brackets was played in a round robin format, requiring each team to play all the other teams in their bracket (or pool). A match consisted of three games to 11 points. All teams played at least four matches while several teams had to play as many as seven matches to determine all the winners.
First and second place winners were those teams with the best match record, with any ties broken by the team who scored the most total points during the round robin. Two brackets, 3.0 and 3.5, were divided into two pools, and the winners of the respective pools met to determine first and second places.
Winners of the day’s competition were as follows: 2.5 Winners—father/son team who had been playing pickleball for only two weeks, Morris Polston and Keith Polston, HSV; 3.0 Winners—husband/wife team who bested all other teams, Terry and Cheryl Alder, HSV; 3.5 Winners—Joe Dixon, Benton , and Rusty Arnold, Bryant; 4.0 Winners—Julie Edmonds and Mark Focken, HSV; and 4.5/5.0 Winners—Larry Patrick and Elliott Nguyen, both from Hot Springs.
The next event is planned in the Spring for our northern Arkansas neighbors.
Pictures from the event provided by FT Eyre
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.
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.
So proud of our club!
Goodbye to Our Pickleball Founding Mother Dee Vincent – Pictures by Marie Mason
Friday August 11, 2017