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Top 3 Pickleball Pet Peeves That Everyone Has

While pickleball mostly brings joy and camaraderie, every sport has those pet peeves that bother everyone. In this article, the Paddle Experts at JustPaddles outline the top three pet peeves that every pickleball player has.

A Bad Pickleball Break

You're invested in an invigorating rally, eyes locked on the whizzing ball, when suddenly it vanishes—courtesy of a mysterious bounce or an abrupt gust of wind. This phantom play leaves you lunging at empty air, provoking a mix of laughter and light-hearted frustration among players who recognize the whimsical caprice of the pickleball gods.

  • Notorious Net Skimmers: Those low-flying shots skirting the net's edge can leave you second-guessing whether to commit or hold back, often resulting in a comedic spectacle of indecision.

  • The Wind's Whims: A sudden breeze morphing a well-placed lob into an unintended slice? That’s nature adding her twist to the game, frustrating, yes—but also a reminder to stay nimble and expect the unexpected.

Distracted Playing

Concentration is key, yet sometimes the courts are alive with more than just the pop of pickleballs. From the cacophony of adjacent games to unexpected cameos by wandering spectators, these interludes challenge your focus, testing your ability to zero in on the game despite the surrounding orchestra of interruptions.

  • Sideline Chatter: Engaging in sideline conversations while points unfold is akin to texting during a movie—it distracts not just you but others engrossed in the thrill of the match.

  • Court-Crossing Culprits: Those who meander across your battlefield mid-volley pose as unwitting saboteurs, leaving both sides scrambling to recalibrate their strategies.

Paddle Problems & Other Gear Issues

Any seasoned player knows that gear can be as unpredictable as the game itself. Whether it's pickleball paddles that slip from your grip at pivotal moments or nets that seem to have a personal vendetta against perfect serves, equipment quirks add a dash of mystery to each match.

  • Grip Slippage Woes: At crucial junctures, it's as though paddles develop a mind of their own, wriggling free and leaving players shaking their heads at the betrayal.

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  • Net Nuances: Ever notice how nets have a knack for snagging balls at the least opportune times? Each net seems to possess its unique personality, occasionally tipping the scales in favor of drama over precision.

Despite these pickleball pet peeves, pickleball players wouldn't trade their court time for anything. It's these very peculiarities that lend character to the sport, weaving stories and laughter into the fabric of the game. After all, it's overcoming these little idiosyncrasies that make victory all the sweeter and defeat just another reason to play again.


 If you see that we have missed any pet peeves or you have any additional questions, the Paddle Experts at JustPaddles are here to help. You can call/text 866-382-3465, email, or click here to live chat. Don't forget, we're here for you from Click To Court!


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