Everyone talked about how fun And easy to learn Pickleball is, but when no one warned me about is the fact that I would suddenly develop what my dear friend affectionately have termed “Etch-a-Sketch brain.” After a rally, especially after a good one, it’s as though all information previously retained in my brain, including and especially the score, is completely erased… Like someone took the Etch-a-Sketch and just swiped that little handle thing across the bottom and erased every thing, leaving me with a clean slate/ brain.
Now this wouldn’t be a problem for me, especially if the last play was bad. I might actually appreciate not being able to recall the details. However, when it is my turn to serve and I have to say the score, I stand there feeling like a doofus for a half second.
So here are a couple of tips To ponder while you search your blank slate/brain for some kind of nugget of info to remind you of the score:
- Are you currently standing in the box you started the game in? If so, the score is even. If not, the score is odd.
- Are you playing with someone who is not afflicted with Etch-a-Sketch brain? If you are, ask them.
Sadly, that’s all I have for you. It is just a hazard of being a Pickler—you are going to forget. The good news is that the more you play, the more you care, and thus the more you remember. You might even be cured of the aforementioned ailment some day. So play on!!!