Great tip on the right shoes. I have tried several court shoes and recently bought a pair of Sketchers (they make a dedicated pickleball shoe). I am looking forward to trying them out.LadyGeek wrote: ↑Tue May 17, 2022 8:00 pm ^^^ Good point on the shoes. Proper shoes are critical, as the support is for side-to-side movement instead of running shoes which are front-to-back. You can't run in tennis shoes and vice versa.
I'm using Asics Dedicate 7 tennis court shoes.
I should also mention that I've seen several people get injured when they fell. Important: Never, ever attempt to run backwards. If you go for a ball behind you, turn around first and take a shot at it. It's not worth the point to to fall. (At least at a non-competitive level...)
I'm also limiting my running due to my knee. I won't go 100% effort to chase a ball. 95% effort, OK.
Excellent point regarding running backwards. We had two people fall trying to back pedal to get to a lobe. Both were seriously injured. One woman who put her hand back to break her fall broke the bone in her forearm. Her surgery included a metal rod and she was off the court for three months. As LadyGeek suggested, turn around and chase rather than running backwards. Pickleball is too much fun to be off the court nursing an injury; give up the point or side out (depending upon if you are serving or not) and keep playing.
Thank you for the reminders, LadyGeek.