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Over 5 million people play pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the world, everyday. With anything that experiences explosive growth such as this, there comes growing pains. I know these pains all too well. When I discovered pickleball, I had no clue what it was or where to play. So I roamed the streets, found a local park, borrowed a paddle from a stranger and got demolished by some advanced players. This began a year-long journey, where I learned to play by becoming a certified pickleball coach. I learned where to play by visiting as many courts as possible and playing all skill levels. Finally, I learned which paddle is the best fit for me, by becoming a brand ambassador for one of the top pickleball brands in the world, and by becoming a wholesaler of all things pickleball. My struggles manifested into a reimagined infrastructure for current and future pickleball players, known as Dinkin’ and Bangin’.

Coach Antonio Pullen

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