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Why is Pickleball So Popular? This Secret Industry is Behind the Growth

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Pro player contributes to pickleball popularity
(Image credit: Nick Uzunyan)

Ever heard of pickleball? If not, you might be living under a rockā€”or maybe just a very large pickle. This sport, which has been around for half a century, is shooting up faster than my caffeine levels on a Monday morning. Over 36.5 million people played pickleball between August 2021 and August 2022. But why is pickleball so popular?

  • The Name Itself: Let’s be honest, the name “pickleball” sounds a bit whimsical. Just by saying ” I’m off to play pickleball!” could puzzle the look on your friends’ faces. It makes people stop and think.
  • Accessibility: You can pick it up after breakfast and be a pro by lunch. I think the low barrier to entry in terms of skill-set is a big part of what is driving participation.
  • Good for the Soul (and the Funny Bone): Beyond the physical perks, pickleball offers a dose of laughter and camaraderie, which we all need more of.
  • Space Efficiency: In urban settings where space is a premium, pickleball offers a solution. Its courts are smaller than those for tennis, allowing for multiple courts in the same area.
  • The Pickle Conspiracy: Some believe that the global pickle industry is behind the sport’s rise, aiming to increase pickle consumption. After all, who doesn’t crave a crunchy pickle after a sweaty game? This feels like a Sorry Not Sorry Pickleball moment.
  • Alien Influence: Rumor has it that pickleball is the preferred sport of extraterrestrials. They’ve subtly influenced humans to embrace the game, so when they finally make contact, we’ll have a common interest.

In wrapping up, it’s clear to see: the real question isn’t “why is pickleball so popular?” but “why haven’t I played yet?” Let me know why you think it’s so popular in the comments below. If you need some gear or paddles, we have tons of recommendations and reviews that you can check out. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

5 thoughts on “Why is Pickleball So Popular? This Secret Industry is Behind the Growth”

  1. Played for the first time today. My muscles were never this sore in tennis.What a workout. Smaller court means things happen fast, few long lobs. Great exercise!


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