NML Pickleball Podcast Ep. 11 – PPA Extravaganza ft. Changing Paddle Standards

After two consecutive PPA events, we are here to talk everything PPA. We get into some of the biggest storylines from Nationals, weigh in on the PPA changing paddle testing standards mid-tournament and even discuss the PPA’s soon to be released video game. This episode was recorded and released on Wednesday evening.

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2:28 Progressive Draw Takes

12:03 Center Court Shadows

13:29 Collin Johns the Warrior

16:57 Staksrud-Koller Altercation

22:43 Future of Indoor Pickleball

25:44 2.6 Million People Watched Nationals

27:50 PPA Changes Paddle Testing Standards

39:30 Johns Brothers Lose

43:40 JW and Dylan’s Streak

47:24 Garnett v. Alshon

49:15 Girlfriend Corner: PPA Video Game

5 thoughts on “NML Pickleball Podcast Ep. 11 – PPA Extravaganza ft. Changing Paddle Standards

  • November 25, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Good discussion. Wyatt Stone does not use the Gearbox Pro series. He uses a Gearbox GBX. It is what he used in the match against the Johns. Vich was on fire and could handle everything Ben was throwing at him in those games. I didn’t quite follow what you were saying about Garnett but Vich seems like he would fit the bill. You mentioned Alshon’s singles record may be in a decline [while his Mixed is upward sloping]. Vich doesn’t have the singles decline. Strong in singles and looking good in at least this match for MD. Vich in MXD is TBD.

    Nothing I saw in the Gold from JW and Dylan made me think they are there yet for a win against the Johns. Like Chris said, that win may need to come from mental strengths. Dylan has room for improvement when countering under heavy pressure.

    Looking forward to what you write pre-Finals.

    • November 28, 2023 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for the confirmation on stone’s paddle. It didn’t look like the new one. What part of the Garnett discussion were you unsure about?

      We will have a finals preview either tonight or tmrw

  • November 28, 2023 at 11:56 am

    can you imagine if the discussion in this podcast about a male player taking “a ball to the forehead” at point blank range, and one of the hosts Laughing about it while the player was on the ground trying to recover, was instead about a female player? I know what the reaction would be. I don’t recall pundits laughing like this, or calling jesse a drama queen when she was hit in the forehead with a “wiffle ball” from further away? But maybe I missed it? And it was also notable in the podcast how the hosts, wearing their shiniest armor, rushed to the defense, of the top female player in the world, who can dish it out verbally with the best of them, when someone said something bad to her on court, after she insulted that player earlier.

    ps: second level thinking: if the tournaments were to move indoors the lighting would be drastically improved.

    • November 28, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      You are the second person who has made this about gender. That’s not the point at all. There isn’t a single well known pro out there who deals with getting a ball to the face the way Collin Johns does. That’s where the laughter comes from. If someone else out there reacted the way Collin did on a regular basis, they would be subject to the same discussion.

      With regards to the ALW comment, there are some things in society where gender does matter and this is one of those situations. We have taken the stance in the past where a pro should be treated like a pro, but there has to be some nuance to the discussion and it’s not one size fits all.

      That’s a fair point on the lighting. Thanks for listening and engaging!

  • January 8, 2024 at 6:03 am

    This podcast episode is a thrilling journey through the world of pickleball, featuring intense matchups, personal stories, and insights into the sport’s evolution. From the Staksrud-Koller Altercation to discussions on the Future of Indoor Pickleball, it keeps listeners engaged. The episode highlights changes in Paddle Testing Standards, emotional player moments, and adds a humorous touch in the Girlfriend Corner with the PPA Video Game. Overall, it’s a captivating blend of entertainment and information, leaving you eagerly anticipating the next episode.

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