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Pickleball Matchmaking

Posted on May 26, 2023 by under Pickleball.    

Tried my hand at pickleball matchmaking again and hooked two of my favorite guys up to play together for Mid-South Diamond Amateur Regional earlier this month. Michael Harris needed a men’s doubles partner and so I suggested Tanner Rice. After a bit of back and forth, they decided to play together and Tanner came up for a practice session. I got some breakfast out of it as my referral bonus. LOL.

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If you’ve never had the junkyard dog burrito at Chicken N Pickle, I highly recommend it. That brisket is so good!

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And, of course, the mimomas are a must.

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Michael put together a great practice session for them with Dustin Herman and Chris Heck. Tanner posted a couple of their matches on his YouTube channel. Tanner has some great pickleball content — mostly match footage from practice sessions and tournaments and such — so if you’re not already a subscriber, you should do it right now.

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Here are a few action shots from their practice session.

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I hadn’t seen Tanner play in person since last year and it’s amazing to see how much progress he has made in just a few months. Since quitting his job, he has dove in full throttle with pickleball and he has been teaching pickleball a lot. They say “to teach is to learn twice” and all of his drilling and teaching I think is not only helping his clients but also improving his game tremendously.

Above is a video of one of their practice matches.

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When Tanner came up, he brought me a set of Powerhands rings/bands — I don’t even know what to call these things. However, I have used it a few times and I think it actually works. Having suffered from tennis/pickleball elbow before, I’m really glad that I have something to help prevent it from recurring.

I asked my chiropractor friend his thoughts on it and here’s what he said:

It (Powerhands) is focusing on lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow in layman’s terms). The muscles that extend your fingers attach to the outside of your elbow and the muscles that flex your fingers attach to the inside of your elbow; so extending your fingers, abducting your fingers, and flexing your fingers all provide support for your elbow. These motions can be achieved with various devices or at home with a towel or by grabbing handfuls of rice out of a bucket, but what is beneficial about these small bands is the portability they offer so you can take them with you on the go.

Anyway, I am super glad Tanner brought me a set and am looking forward to making it part of my regular routine. If you want to try and buy a set for yourself, you can get them at www.powerhands.com and if you use discount code CHING10, you get $10 OFF! ‘Til next time, GNG.

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