What is a pedal? Meet the ‘New Pickleball’

EEarlier this year, pickleball—aka tennis’ trendy cousin—made waves online as the latest sports craze in the United States. Celebrities like LeBron James, George and Amal Clooney and the Kardashians are also getting in on the game. But pickleball’s dominance may be short-lived as interest in another net-based sport called Paddle (pronounced ‘pooh-dale’) is growing and is poised to give it some competition.

Already popular in Spain and Latin American countries, the paddle originated in Mexico in 1969. With more than 25 million people currently playing paddle in 90 countries, it has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Fortunately, you don’t need a passport to play.

In its latest episode what health, Well+Good’s Ella Dove visited Padel Haus, a spacious club that caters to the sport in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Having just opened its doors this past summer, Paddle House is the first club of its kind in New York City, and while it’s only been operating since June, it’s so popular that Paddle House plans to open more locations in Long Island and Manhattan.

Like all unfamiliar activities, trying a new sport can be intimidating, but for Dove, paddle turned out to be less challenging—and more rewarding—than expected. “It felt like it was pretty easy to pick up and I think it was great cardio,” she says “There are so many places to spend your money on workouts these days; Why not learn a new sport while you’re at it?”

Ready to hit the court? Play the video above to get an exclusive peek inside Paddle House, learn the rules and see the game in action.

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