Unexpected Obsession: Why Pickleball is Taking the World by Storm

Decoding its Surging Popularity among Global Masses.

Edy Zoo
3 min readMay 16


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A curious phenomenon has been unfolding in recent years. Amidst a landscape teeming with fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled sports, a seemingly simple game has managed to capture the world’s attention: Pickleball.

For the uninitiated, Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. It can be played both indoors and outdoors, in singles or doubles format. But why is this relatively young sport, invented in the mid-1960s, enjoying a sudden surge in popularity?

A significant reason lies in Pickleball’s inherent inclusivity. The rules are simple, the required equipment minimal, and the physical demand, while enough to provide a good workout, is not as intense as many other sports. This makes Pickleball an accessible option for a wide demographic, from school children to seniors.

Moreover, Pickleball courts are smaller than those for tennis or badminton, making it less daunting for beginners. The smaller playing area also means that players engage in more rallies, fostering a sense of excitement and camaraderie. It’s a sport that encourages social interaction, often leading to new friendships and a strong sense of community among players.

On the more physical side, Pickleball offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s a full-body workout that improves cardiovascular health, enhances flexibility, boosts strength, and sharpens reflexes. Yet, the risk of injury is relatively low compared to more strenuous sports, making it a safer choice for people of all ages and fitness levels.

In a world where digital screens increasingly monopolize our time, Pickleball provides a refreshing way to unplug and enjoy physical activity. It’s a sport that doesn’t require hours of commitment to be enjoyable. A quick game during a lunch break or after dinner can provide a fun, effective exercise session.

The versatility of Pickleball also contributes to its growing popularity. It can be played casually in the backyard or at a community park, or it can be taken to a competitive level with tournaments…



Edy Zoo

Edy Zoo is an author who writes about social subjects. He contributes to the ever-growing library of social critics.