Chris Powers is a four-time Nationals Gold medal champion as well as a three-time silver medalist. She competes around the country at the Super Senior Pro level in the Mixed Doubles and Women's Doubles categories. She has competed in over 80 tournaments including Nationals in Indian Wells, CA, and the U.S. Open in Naples, FL. She has won over 200 medals in the four years she has competed. Chris resides in Aiken, SC with her four horses, three dogs, and two pickleball courts. She conducts lessons and camps at her farm called Two Sisters Farm. She enjoys teaching and her students range from complete beginners to those who play competitively. Chris also runs free pickleball retreats for women diagnosed with any type of cancer through her organization, Women Beyond Cancer.
Stretching is the most important exercise to do for pickleball. Additionally, swimming, horseback riding, and jogging are all great exercises to help improve stamina and avoid injury. Transcript: "What are the best exercises to do for pickleball? Well that's a great question and for me as a 65 year old pickleball player the most important thing for me is not to get injured. So I really emphasize stretching. I've had several injuries in the past because I've been athletic my whole life including torn ACLs, broken collarbones, torn labrum, ankle injuries and so I'm very very careful that at least for five or ten minutes before I start every single day that I'm playing pickleball I am stretching out there on the court and I also combine it with other things such as swimming which is always an all-around great exercise and I also throw in some horseback riding and just a little bit of jogging to keep up my stamina. I wish you all the very best out there. Pickle on my friends!"
Communicate with your partner when the ball is about to be hit, and start advancing to the no-Vale Zone as soon as it goes over the net. Be sure both partners are ready for what is coming at them. Transcript: "How do you make sure your partner moves to the no-volley zone at the same pace as you do? The best way to do this, obviously, is by communicating. If a ball comes to me and my partner and I are both back at the baseline and I'm about to hit that ball, I'm going to have to decide whether I'm going to drop the ball or whether I'm going to drive the ball. If I drop the ball and I do that nice, pretty little third shot drop that goes over the net, the ball should land so low that our opponents won't be able to slam it back at us. So that's the opportune time for my partner and I to start advancing to the no-volley zone. And I usually communicate this by saying, let's go. But just be sure that when you start to go, as soon as that ball goes over the net and your opponents are about to hit the ball, you need to stop and be ready for what's going to be coming at you. So good luck all. Pickle on, my friends."
I'm a dog lover who lives on a horse farm in Aiken, South Carolina. I'm an avid pickleball player who teaches clinics and camps at my farm and will soon be doing international pickleball trips. Transcript: "Hey Chris, can you tell us about yourself? Well, as you can see, I'm a dog lover. This is my dog, Queenie, and my other dog, Piper. And we live on a horse farm in Aiken, South Carolina. I've got four horses and a couple of pickleball courts because I play at the super senior pro level in pickleball and I travel around the country playing tournaments and also teaching at my farm, which I love to do camps and clinics here in Aiken, South Carolina. And I've also started doing international pickleball trips and my first one is scheduled for Turks and Caicos in the fall of 2023, as well as Jamaica. I love being outdoors. I've always been active all my life. Any sport I love to try. So that's really the low down on me. But for right now, pickleball is my sport. Pickle on, my friends. Take care."