May 20, 2010

Graham Couch column: Pickleball can humble even the greatest natural athlete | -

"PORTAGE — I had several strong preconceptions about pickleball before arriving at the Portage YMCA Wednesday morning for my active introduction to the sport.

Foremost and without question, I would dominate.

If the city of Portage was claiming to be “Center of the World for Pickleball” this week, as deemed by Mayor Peter Strazdas, then it was a good thing I was attending the media event advancing Friday’s nationally sanctioned Kalamazoo Doubles Pickleball Tournament.

I play tennis, I play Wiffle ball, I play ping pong — taking each way too seriously at one point or another."
Kalamazoo Gazette sportswriter Graham Couch tried his hand at pickleball Wednesday with moderate success. Couch's double's partner Larry Allgaier, of Kalamazoo, watches with doubt as Couch attempts a backhand volley.