I like playing with balls

in #sport15 days ago (edited)

Since I retired from unprofessional 5-a-side football after busting a medial knee ligament in a 'tackle' by some idiot who had no right being on a football pitch, I've hardly played any sport at all.

This year I've been pretty active in the gym and have been religiously following a number of online workouts, but it's not just the same as playing a sport. There is certainly less chance of injuring oneself, but the sole competitor is always you, and that can get a bit boring after a while.

I was reminded just how much fun playing with other people can be, even if you are mostly on the receiving end of a good hiding, this summer when I visited a friend in the south of Spain. Before then, I'd never played padel tennis, but had seen the odd game and heard many games (mostly grunts and Spanish swear words) when I lived in Valencia and Mallorca, and I fancied my chances as the sport involves a tennis ball, a net, and sides which you can use to play the ball off.

Due to composition of the bats (palas), no string like a tennis racket and not particularly 'grippy' on the face, a lot of the momentum needs to come from the arm and the body. Twenty minutes into my first game, after not listening to my opponent/coach on the other side of the net, my wrist was starting to get really sore as i attempted to generate spin and power with the wrist - not a good idea. It is possible to add effect to the ball, but it must be done with arm, I was using my wrist like a table-tennis player would do to generate spin, except the bat and especially the ball, are a hell of a lot heavier.

I think the reason for this was that the sport I have played the most which uses a bat is table-tennis, and I would love to get a few more games of that in.

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So much so that I recently stuck a not on the apartment complex notice board with my phone number asking if anyone wanted a game on the table shown above. After three weeks, today in fact, I finally took the note down. In that time, one guy has text me, and after a short exchange said he'd text again when he was free - which hasn't been yet. More than once, I've loitered at the table with two bats and a few balls, but asking strangers for a quick game has felt just a bit random - I should pluck up the courage and just go for it, eh?

The table-tennis has drawn a blank so far and the nearest padel tennis court is over 50km away - the sport is is growing in the UK I hear, but I think I'll need to head back to the sunshine in Spain to play regularly. As mentioned, there is a court close to where I'd be staying, all being well, and so I'd look to find a coach and give it a proper go.

In the meantime though, I have finally found someone who'll give me a game of Tennis. My time on a court totals about 10 minutes, and I was 10 or 11, but what the hell :) It's non-contact, and involves a bat/racket, ball, and a net - can't be that hard, can it? My opponent is a graduate from one of the UK's best universities with regards to sport, but they have promised to go easy.

I actually don't care if they batter me - there is something hot (and angering) about being beaten by a girl, or is that just me? Anyway, we'll see if I still feel that way tomorrow evening, I'm looking forward to the laughs (mostly at my expense) and a run around.

Enjoy the weekend, I hope you get some sport in :)

Cheers

Ash

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No it is just you lol. Sounds more like a date if I know you and guaranteed arse whipping coming your way. Hope you have fun anyway as the trick when you haven't played much is to hit the ball too hard. Just keep it in play and hope they make the mistakes.

haha!

I didn't mention 'arse-whipping' - That's not my kind of date :P

Total newb to this game, but I hope to at least be able to get the ball over the net and make some sort of game of it. I suspect they'll not make too many mistakes, and will be at the other end enjoying a cup of tea whilst I run around like an idiot.

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I think you could make any sport homely by finding like minds being more social. Always bump into a few good folks in my running journey at least once a month. Don't have anyone I share close and personal experiences with just yet, but I am getting quite comfortable with them

That's a good point. Finding like-minded people, especially with what's going on this year is seemingly getting harder (might be my age too), and sport can definitely help. Good to hear you are out running and bumping into people doing the same :)

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I can already see you tomorrow, (today actually as it's already Saturday), half dead, with sore muscles and beaten.
But I bet you'll want more and will get more (beating). That's fine, just don't kill your knee, like you did last year with football
Good luck and don't cry, take it like a man! 😁

No doubt I'll be sore later today - my ankles don't like impact unless it's on a cushioned treadmill - but there is limited fun to that and I'm willing to swap a little pain for some fun.

Good luck and don't cry, take it like a man! 😁

I'm a terrible loser but I'll do my best!

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If I remember right Tennis involves a lot of strain on the knee, so you should take a knee brace with you just in case you need a little support there. Tennis is fun but it is a real work out at times, hundreds of little sprints all over the place from the net to the back line left side to the right side. Enjoy the game.

That's a good idea. The injury to the knee was an impact injury and after 6 months or so it was back to normal, although I didn't fancy having it hit again. Hopefully it'll stand up to a bit of running around - hopefully she'll be nice!

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Well if there are a few aimed at...well you know where...I would say she kind of likes you, or maybe she just really wants to cause you pain...it will depend on how many sorry's , and are you alright's you get from her as to which is which.

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Weirdly, one of my colleagues plays padel regularly and I found out there are a couple courts in this city, which only has about 250K people - pretty random. Not as random as some guy with a couple bats and balls asking strangers to play with, but random nonetheless.

It's good fun, I recommend tagging along :)

Ahh, so it wasn't just me thinking it was a strange idea to approach randoms and show them my balls - i'll probably stop doing that then.

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Don't stop - be the "ball guy" and pick up chicks with your quirk game ;D

The 'ball guy', or 'fucking weirdo' - could go either way :)

Wear your label with pride - soon there will be a support group :D

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Haaaa... Such a "grabber" of a post title.

Sure to make a surfer stop and go... WTF. LoL

I did. Now I gotta read it.

Steady on, sounds painful :)

Reading is optional :)

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I like playing with balls

Interesting choice!

Heh, thanks :) If you can't write, might as well go for the click-bait title!

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Ball games... Simply the best! :0D

"I like water sports" :D

As long as there aren't balls dangling about you're fine!

"He played a long ball, I chased it down and returned it, but it pulled up short with a high bounce - he volleyed a drop shot in close expecting an easy point, but I hammered forward and was just able to tip it over, clipping the net on the way through and I totally teabagged him!"

This sounds like a true story 😁

Agreed :) And they best be round too - none of that egg chasing business please!

It's a good rule to stick to. If they ain't round they ain't for playing with!

Agreed - something is amiss there!

I actually don't care if they batter me - there is something hot (and angering) about being beaten by a girl, or is that just me? Anyway, we'll see if I still feel that way tomorrow evening, I'm looking forward to the laughs (mostly at my expense) and a run around.

Always gotta end with some sexy-ness hope she showed her balled and kicked your ass😉 I am also requesting to take me off the EL it’s time to let the others have my spot. Ofcourse I will be there on Sunday and ofcourse I will sponsor my happy number 50

Thanks and yes my weekend will have a Bootcamp in in Tomorrow morning gotta show balls too

Well actually, she wasn't as good as I expected and I won :D

I took you off the list this week, thank you for all your support for the EL!

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Always 😉

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And the award for the best title post HF24 goes to...

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Looking at Taraz's effort yesterday evening, I thought Friday was pervy post title night.

Lol, he's a rascal that bloody Taraz is.

You're a great guy and I am sure than gradually you will meet like minded persons just like you. Nowadays adults and people in general bond harder, there seems to be a sort of fear in trying to get to know new people. It takes a lot of perseverance and courage to keep on trying. You're going to do just fine, you're quite athletic from what I have seen.

Thanks Mary :)

I have been hard at work with the fitness, I think I need to focus on other areas though to get someone who has many feathers in their cap - I am trying :)

It's actually nice to read a post where someone opens up about this matter. Thanks for sharing insights about what you feel!

I like playing with balls

It is 2020, no one will judge.

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