Scott Moore is living proof that great players only get better with time. After 30+ years as a tennis player, he began playing pickleball competitively in 2013 and has since gone on to win the triple crown—not once, not twice, but six times. His aggressive playing style has earned him the fitting nickname “The Beast.” Widely regarded as the No. 1 senior male player in the world, Scott’s success expands beyond his age category. In 2018, he and his son Daniel won the 19+ division at the Northwest Regional tournament in Bend, Oregon, and less than a month later, he and his son Jon won the Italian Open.
Winning the seven Triple Crowns showed me that nothing is impossible with hard work and determination, and it gave me credibility to teach pickleball and build relationships. Transcript: "Winning the Triple Crown. Actually, seven times has not really changed my approach to pickleball much. I always looked at it as a training ground where I needed to holistically get myself in the best shape possible, that's physically, mentally emotionally, even spiritually to be able to compete. So, fortunately by winning the seven Triple Crowns. It actually took me to a whole new level in the pickleball world with only a Few really a handful of other people that have ever even won a Triple Crown. So it kind of gave me the credibility to be able to go anywhere in the world and teach pickleball or train others or basically be able to build relationships based on my credibility that have helped me immensely with our everything from our pickleball trips business to being able to understand the game at a whole new level being able to understand what it takes to to get to that level where you can actually compete deep into the day for three straight days, which is tough. And everything has to go your way, anyone match or even a partner having a bad day can end that triple crown. So I think it's the hardest thing to do in pickleball. It showed me that nothing's impossible. If you have a goal, hard work, determination focus, and all the things that it takes to, to be at the Pinnacle of a game, and triple crowd is absolutely that."
I became a competitive pickleball player after my friend asked me to play and I ended up winning silver at Nationals in 2013. Since then, I have hired a trainer to get in shape, started playing tournaments, and have become one of the best players in the world. Transcript: "What made me decide to be a competitive pickleball player? Well, I actually just fell into it. I had become an empty nester little over 10 years ago. A friend of mine asked me to play Pickleball and I thought innocuously enough, hey sounds like a fun new hobby I'm looking for hobbies. So I haven't played year and a half later. I ended up at Nationals in 2013 and my partner and I who have never really played a tournament before lost our first match. Won the next seven ended up with a silver medal at the 50 50 plus men's doubles and I thought wow, this is my new sport, I am going to be a national champion, de facto, best player in the world. Over 50 in this, I couldn't sleep at night hired a trainer to get me in shape. I hadn't hardly lift a weight, my whole life. He said you're an accident waiting to happen. He worked 20 pounds off of me and I started eating better working out consistently and basically playing tournaments where Daniel and I We were winning, we won two, gold medals became national champions in 2014 almost won the men's doubles, but after that 2015, which play every tournament we played, we pretty much one. We're a bit able to become the best players in the world and it just became something that I was having more fun than I ever dreamed. I would have and and competing well and it just became my new favorite go-to thing in life."
Pickleball has impacted my life in a major way, allowing me to make friends from different countries, travel the world, teach and play pickleball, and create businesses related to the sport. It is the perfect combination of competitive, physical, mental, and social elements and I've gone all in on it in the past 10 years with no regrets. Transcript: "My pickleball career has impact impacted my life, in more ways than I ever would have imagined. If you'd told me ten years ago what this would have done for my life pickleball, I would have said you're either Dreaming or absolutely had gone mad but basically pickleball has now allowed me to make friends from. I mean dozens of different countries travel the world teach play have fun, you know, doing what I love and literally I have Fortunate enough to be able to do that on my own time. And it is been like I said, I couldn't even have a dream this up. So I am now spending most of my time doing pickleball related, things have 10 different businesses. We've got a pickleball trips business where we take people around the world with my two of my boys and that has been more fun than anything else. We've made an online video called high performance, pickleball Academy that is sold thousands and thousands of copies made that with Annual literally have trained people in 20 countries, probably 30 States and it has become basically not what defines me. But what I probably enjoy most in life is the perfect sport for me, the combination of the competitive, the physical, the mental, the social. And you know for that reason I think it's the best sport in the world and I've gone all in the past 10 years have no regrets and it's been unbelievable."
My nickname the Beast originated from my aggressive playing style and tendency to growl when exerting extra effort. It has become a natural part of my game play, and I often go into "beast mode" when I need to put everything on the table. Transcript: "My nickname, The Beast, came about, I think, because I was just so aggressive. People back when I first started playing were playing the soft game, but not overpoweringly quick and fast. And when I came in, I was able to kind of take over a lot of matches going into what they said was beast mode. For me, it was just like fifth gear. And it also may have been assisted by the fact that I do tend to get a little growl occasionally when I'm exerting a little extra effort. Sometimes that has become more and more common as I've gotten a little older, but the growl is part of it, part of the beast image, I guess. And now I don't even think about it. It just comes naturally. I'm not even trying. But yeah, I kind of like the beast, go into beast mode when I have to, just put it all on the table and go for it. All systems go."
To become the best you can be at pickleball, become a true student of the game and understand both the physical techniques and skills, as well as the mental strategic aspects of the game. Master the basics and never stop improving and digging into the game. Transcript: "The most important piece of advice I'd give someone in pickleball is to become a true student of the game and really understand it. Most people out there are just whacking pickleballs. They're out having a good time, which is great, but they're not interested in really improving and being the best that they can be. So if you can become the best that you can be by mastering the basics and truly understanding not only the physical technique and skills you need, but also the mental strategic aspects of the game, then I think it becomes more fun just to be the best you can be. And you can see yourself improve even as you get older, which is very unusual in most sports. Some of the best pickleball I've played in my life has been after my late 50s, and it's because there's so much to the mental game, I never stop improving and never stop digging into this very profound, wonderful game."
What sets me apart from other pickleball players is my competitive spirit, hard work, and off-court fitness training. I also thrive on pressure situations and perform better when the stakes are higher. Transcript: "What sets me apart from other pickleball players probably is my competitive spirit. I'm just almost the most competitive person I've ever met. I did play with Andy Roddick a few years ago and felt like he probably is more competitive than I am, but with very few exceptions. I am just extremely competitive and that means I also work really hard. I always have believed that champions are made off the court, so my off-court fitness workouts have always been, I think, something that also sets me apart. Four years ago, I found some B3 blood flow restriction bands, and it took me to a whole new level. I was already in elite shape, but I think that took me just off the charts as far as endurance, fitness, lack of getting sore, and just the ability to perform at a higher level, basically. That has been my sort of semi-secret weapon, but basically what really sets me apart is that I just love to train. I work harder than most people. I work smarter, I think. I love to compete, don't really get nervous, so I think I play the big points well. And I just thrive on being on center stage and having opportunities under pressure to perform. So a lot of people perform worse under those situations. I tend to perform better. That's what sets me apart."