Many tennis clubs are considering either taking out tennis courts to add pickleball courts, or just adding new ones to their facility. But is there a better alternative?
Naples area pro Spike Gonzales is an advocate of the “small court” alternative of Pop Tennis. Promoted by the USTA, this game is played on regular soft or hard tennis courts using a line drawn across the court in “no man’s land”, halfway between the baseline and the service line, creating a 60’ court.
Quieter Than Pickle
The game uses the lower-compression Green Dot tennis ball and paddles made with hard foam and composite materials, engineered to be more forgiving than traditional tennis racquets. So rather than the loud “clunk, clunk” that comes with pickle, this sounds more “tennis like.”
While servers serve underhanded in Pop, as they do in pickle, the scoring is basic tennis No Ad Scoring, with regular games and sets.
“One of the reasons pop tennis is becoming so popular,” says Spike, “is that it is so much like tennis itself. It uses the same strokes, with topspin and slice and the same strategy. It’s also very similar to the popular winter game of platform tennis; so people are converting over from that as well.”
So from my point of view, compared to Pickle Ball, Pop Tennis is …
Cheaper – no need to build new courts.
Quieter – using soft tennis balls.
Healthier – being played mostly on soft, HarTru courts.
If your club is considering an alternative to “regular tennis,” they should consider Pop Tennis. For more information, you can contact Spike at (239) 248-0894
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