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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

Jul 4, 2022

With Sarah Ansboury, Professional Pickleball Player & Director of Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Resort


Did you know that pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America?! According to a recent report in USA Today, the United States has over five million pickleball players with the number of players increasing by almost 40% in just the last two years. So what is pickleball and why has it become so popular? It’s been described as a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that it’s easy to learn and it appeals to all ages; with a third of the players over the age of 55. Although the state of Florida is often referred to as the “Pickleball Capital,” the truth is pickleball is actually more popular in locations like Seattle and Des Moines. In fact, the sport of pickleball originated on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington.


So what does it take to learn pickleball and begin playing? And where can you find courts and or lessons? Also, how did the name originate?! My guest today, Sarah Ansboury, is a professionally ranked pickleball player and instructor. In addition to being the Director of Pickleball Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Ocean Resort in Hilton Head and their touring professional player, Sarah is one of the top pickleball coaches in the world. We’re going to learn from Sarah the answer to all these questions and more.  


What You’ll Hear on This Episode:


  • Where does the name pickleball come from?


  • What attracted Sarah to pickleball?
  • Why do so many people get injured playing pickleball?
  • Where can you find a pickleball instructor?
  • Can you play pickleball on a tennis court?
  • What is the most important advice for first-time players?
  • Why has pickleball taken off in the last few years?
  • What are the health benefits of pickleball?
  • What is the future of pickleball?
  • Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor pickleball?
  • What is the single biggest frustration for new players?


Today’s Takeaway: One of the reasons pickleball is popular is that it’s a great way to socialize and meet people. Unlike many other leisure sporting activities, pickleball is very inclusive and social. The fun competitive nature of the sport and love of the game brings people together. You don’t even need to show up with a partner! It’s also a great way to stay fit or get in shape. Not only is it a good cardiovascular workout, but it can also improve balance, hand-eye coordination, and musical tone. Best of all, pickleball can be played both indoors and outdoors. Remember that staying active and spending time socializing with others is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. So if you’re looking for a fun new activity, why not give yourself the gift of a pickleball lesson? I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”



  • “The great thing about pickleball is it’s much easier to learn than most other racquet or paddle sports; especially as an adult.” — Sarah
  • “You will meet someone from every walk of life.” — Sarah
  • “It’s getting people active, it’s getting people social.” — Sarah
  • “What I’m seeing so much is people’s health just improving.” — Sarah


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Mentioned in This Episode:

Sarah Ansboury’s Website

Sarah Ansboury on YouTube

USA Pickleball Association