September/October 2016

Here are just some of the articles, tutorials and highlights featured in this issue:

Features

Hut of the Month:
Bitsy Grant Tennis Center

Wood, wire, and metal have never looked better. The brand new platform tennis facility at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center uses these materials in perfect unison. Three neatly aligned courts are framed with wooden snowboards stained just the right color. The wire railings on the viewing area balcony mirror the wire screens on the court. The handmade tables at the windows line up with the wire supports on the court. The juxtaposition of wood and metal inside the platform tennis hut creates a serene yet strong interior vibe. It couldn’t be cleaner or neater, yet it is interesting as hell. To read the full article subscribe or order a PDF of the current issue.

The 2016 APTA Annual Board Meeting

The 2016 APTA Annual Meeting was held on Thursday evening, May 5th, at the Indian Hill Country Club in Winnetka, Illinois. Thanks to all of the Chicago paddle community who attended. After the seven new board members were unanimously voted in, the team met on Friday and Saturday to discuss initiatives, business, and budgets for the 2016-2017 season and the future. To read the full article subscribe or order a PDF of the current issue.

Volunteer of the Month: Jay Gohman

Jay Gohman has been playing platform tennis in Ohio a long, long time. He began playing as kid in Cincinnati. He played some more in college, when they had courts at Ohio State University at Larkins Hall. He played even more once he had kids. “When you have small kids, you put them to bed, go out and play and get back in time for the 11 o’clock news. That way you don’t burn through the kitchen passes.” He intends on playing far into the future. To read the full article subscribe or order a PDF of the current issue.

Instruction

Creating Offense From The Deuce Court

“I’m just a deuce court player. All I’m looking to do is be steady and set my partner up.” I hear these words far too often as a platform tennis instructor. Traditionally, the deuce court player has been seen as the set-up player, trying to hit the right lob to set up his aggressive partner in the ad side of the court. To read the full article subscribe or order a PDF of the current issue.


How To Stay Game Ready Between Matches

Paddle tennis, just like all other short burst explosive sports, requires a proper warmup and dynamic stretch before playing to prevent injury and maximize reaction time. To read the full article subscribe or order a PDF of the current issue.