Why I almost quit Pickleball forever…

How I went from a washed up and self-doubting Pickleball player to winning with confidence with (1) simple change to my game.


Learn how thousands of Pickleball players are implementing this (1) equipment change to revitalize their performance and win more games

You had always enjoyed being active and wanted to play a game that was competitive, social an invigorating. But then you started to struggle

Have you ever had self-destructive and negative thoughts creep into your mind when playing Pickleball? “I suck at Pickleball”, “How could I be so dumb to miss that easy shot” “Have I peaked?”

IT'S NOT FUN to be filled with self doubt as your skills on the court start to feel like a distant memory.

Maybe you even feel isolated and worry that the invites to compete may diminish if you can’t keep up with your cohort of Pickleball friends.

Although intrusive thoughts of self doubt are normal - it doesn’t have to be this way. 

In fact, these negative thoughts are NOT an accurate reflection of your current abilities. 

“How did this happen?” you ask yourself.

Believe it or not, this is an all too common tale within the pickleball world. In fact, I hear it daily.

If you are like me (before I knew about this simple solution), you have
returned from the pickleball courts, feeling discouraged and dejected.

Why Me?...

How could you have made so many embarrassing mistakes? Did my
teammate just talk about my poor performance behind my back? Your mind starts to unravel.

Just a few weeks ago, you felt so excited and full of promise knowing that you’d FINALLY found a game you were actually good at.

But It didn’t take long, and you were failing at pickleball again..

Your first drive sailed straight into the net.

Your next dink was so soft it came flying back as a lethal air attack. 

You haven’t seen your pickleball partner look this troubled since their messy divorce. 

Your mind frantically raced through all the mechanics and Pickleball lessons you have learned over the years. You start to overcompensate with power only to sacrifice precision and placement.

Now your arm and shoulder aches from over-exertion.

Time and time again, mistake after mistake. 

Your mood had changed from hope and excitement to failure and sadness. 

You are better than this and you know it at your core.

It’s exhausting to be filled with self doubt and uncertainty before, after or even during a friendly pickleball match.

I think that it’s safe to say it’s happened to a lot of us.

You are not alone.

I'm actually embarrassed to admit this, but a few months ago, after being beaten by an inferior (and extremely annoying) player at my local Pickleball club, I actually CRIED in my car.

There are many others just like you and me who found the secret to and enhancing their performance on the court while increasing their confidence

This was the moment of clarity that was necessary to lead me down the path of redemption..

These weren’t tears of sadness but rather frustration.

I was no longer the phenomenal athlete I used to be - I was devastated and my ego was bruised. Many years ago I was a collegiate tennis player on scholarship at an Ivy league school.

What happened? What happened TO me? I felt like I was losing my footing as a sociable, fun loving and active citizen of the world.

Even worse, I was scared that my self debt was sucking the joy and fun out of the game that I loved so dearly. 

What did my future hold? Would I still be picked for doubles? Or would I be sequester to my dingy living room with the blinds drawn never to step on a Pickleball court again?

The self-critical thoughts swimming in my head were spiraling out of control after every match.The thought of slowly being resigned to the sidelines of pickleball society sent shivers down my spine.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Thankfully, If this sounds like you, this letter will radically change your entire pickleball playing experience adding decades of longevity to your playing career while simultaneously improving your dinks, drop shots, serves and volleys.

This is my storyand I think it can help you.

If you love pickleball as much as I do then listen up, because my story will save you countless hours of wasted time and save you thousands of dollars in therapy. Trust me, I tried it all. 

I'm a competitor and a fighter so I wasn’t going to accept my fate as a failed pickleball player shunned from my local community. No way!

From my painful insights, here is what NOT to do if you are having a ‘set back’ in your pickleball playing career.

Mistake #1: Online coaching and Youtube the blind leading the blind.

There are countless tips, tricks and strategies that all us feverishly love to consume. It is fun to learn about Pickleball in this format, but that's about it - just fun, but a huge waste of time.

My fears and anxieties were at an all time high —online courses just made the confusion worse.

Let's be honest, do you really think Jennifer Dawson, Tyson McGuffin or Ben Johns rose to the top of the Pickleball kingdom by watching youtube videos by mostly unqualified “coaches”? 

No one-shot or strategy is standing between you and taking your pickleball game to the next level.

Mistake #2: In person coaching and training camps abbreviated, unpersonalized and expensive. 

Are you ready for this? I spent over $3,367 dollars on pickleball coaching and training camps - yikes! 

Sure, the camps were fun and I met a lot of great people, but most of the “coaching” was canned and generic. Where were the insights and advice that would really give me the edge against my competitor?

Everyone is learning the same dinking drills and ‘shake and bake’ methods as the next player. Although these lessons were great, they didn’t get to the root cause of my lackluster performance on the court regardless of age or skill level.

Mistake #3: Strength training and conditioning: pickleball is about finesse and technique not brute power.

As a former collegiate athlete I know a thing or two about fitness, training and performance. However, the harder I trained, the less it translated in scoring more points on the court. 

It wasn’t until I watched Pickleball champions that I had that ‘ah ha’ moment. The strongest and fastest person in the world would probably be HORRIBLE at Pickleball.

Pickleball is chess and focusing on physical ability alone is playing checkers. Pushing your body to its limits results in aches, pains and even injury. I quickly learned I had to play smarter not harder if I was going to regain my abilities.

Mistake #4: Equipment - Is it you or your paddle?

Let’s face it, pickleball paddles have come a long way since the game was invented in 1965. New materials, design and technology is one of the main variables in giving a Pickleballer an advantage over their opponent.

I experimented with Selkirk's Vanguard paddle, the infamous crbn paddle and other paddles that all promised more power and while I saw improvements in my drives, I still wasn’t playing with the touch, spin and accuracy that is necessary to win matches.

I was beyond disappointed in spending well over $1,000 on “premium paddles” that promised “insane power” only to be left with a sore arm and my shots flying out of bounds.

My Maniacal Paddle Search

Was a high-performing paddle really the answer to my Pickleball woes?

I've practiced dinks, lobs, air attacks and trick shots for countless hours so I knew that my muscle memory and technique was solid, so I set out on a search to find a paddle that would compliment my existing skill set.

Like I said, you are a better Pickleball player than you realize. You just need the proper tools for your skillset.

I scoured the internet, talked to my local pro and tested all my friends' paddles to find a paddle that would actually do what I wanted it to do. I tested over 27 paddles! I even have a detailed spreadsheet to prove it. 

This is when my exhausting search led me down a rabbit hole of what is legal and illegal paddle design..I was desperate to get my playing performance back from the depths of pickleball despair. 

Unfortunately, I learned the USAPA has cracked down on certain paddles (CRBN paddles come to mind) to some extent due to them being an ‘unfair advantage’.

I found a few remaining paddle options since the USAPA crack down that can help you literally "get a
grip" on the ball and naturally create INSANE spin and power.

Yes, talk to any Pickleball pro and they will say the same thing, “spin, control AND power is my secret weapon”. This is the holy trifecta of top pickleball performance.

The only paddles I found that were USAPA approved and fit this criteria were the Selkirk Vanguard 2.0 and the JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16.

These paddles were great until they weren’t.

FINALLY I was hitting the shots I knew I could make so I knew I was on the right track, but I had shooting pains up my arm and shoulder after every match.

Pickleball elbow is a real thing and these paddles felt like I was holding a brick in my hand every time I went for a power shot - ouch!

I wasn’t satisfied. I was exhausted and in pain.

(Paddles from Selkirk and Engage Didn't have the Kinetic System and I quickly developed 'pickleball' elbow'- ouch!)

These over-hyped paddles were a shotgun approach when what I really needed was a sniper rifle with pinpoint accuracy to get my game back on track. Pickleball is all about hitting your target..

Luck and timing are a funny thing.

It’s rare we get a second chance in life.

I was about to quit Pickleball. No, I'm not joking - I was so discouraged from my declining performance. None of my efforts were producing results on the court, only putting me at increased risk of injury. It
wasn't worth the risk.

To boost my morale I headed over to the famous Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle Pickleball club last month.

This is where a chance encounter with a Pickleball legend and paddle design savant changed my pickleball career forever.

I got to play with Legendary Coach and paddle inventor Steve Dawson.

Naturally we started talking about Pickleball and I mentioned my frustrations with experiencing “Pickleball plateau” (more like Pickleball decline).

He knew exactly what I was experiencing.

Steve was a college tennis player just like me so he understood that both Tennis and Pickleball are games of power, placement and spin.

He told me to master these three elements of the game and I would instantly start winning more matches.

It struck my soul.

Steve Dawson is a multiple US Open and US National Pickleball Champion.

Steve is owner of Bobby’s Riggs Racket & Paddle Club in Encinitas, rated the Top Pickleball Facility of 2020.

Steve has also designed Pickleball's most advanced and revolutionary paddles in the sports history.

It wasn’t just me.

Steve told me that Pickleball players of all ages were asking me for advice on how to treat sore shoulders, tennis elbow, arthritis and sore wrists, while simultaneously giving them the "secret" to lasting success on the court.

He knew exactly what these players are going through and it pained him to see them playing with outdated paddle technology.

This is when everything changed. There is a Revolution in Paddle Design happening right under our noses.

What I saw at Bobby Riggs Pickleball club will blow your mind.

Steve pulled out a prototype of the newest invention from Prokennex. I gasped when I saw the most insane paddle design the sport has ever seen.

I asked “What is this?”.

Naturally, Steve replied “The Black Ace”.

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I knew this paddle was exactly what I needed

The Black Ace features an industry first, a single piece TORAY faced carbon paddle, making it the most aerodynamic and fastest paddle ever invented.

As Steve explained to me, this enhances reflexes in quick exchanges while producing more power compared to other carbon faced paddles because of the enhanced swing speed from its edgeless design.

The Black Ace Pro is also equipped with kinetic technology, a patented shock and vibration absorbing system that is proven to reduce arm pain and strain.

Sure, this paddle looks amazing and the technology is ingenious, but how does it feel to play?

I took the paddle for a test drive and instantly I knew I had found the answer to my befuddling performance issues. 

- My dinks were precise.

- My serves were POWERFUL and in control.

- My drives and drop shots went EXACTLY where I wanted. 

- My spin shots were fluid and unlike anything I had ever hit before.

My hitting partner was FLOORED. 

How could a paddle this advantageous be legal? Shockingly the USAPA Approved the The Black Ace!

It felt like I discovered the cheat code to a video game.

All my hours and hours of practice and training were finally paying off now that I had a paddle that responded in a way that allowed me to play Pickleball how it was meant to be played

I was in the ZONE. Each shot was effortless. Finally, Pickleball was FUN again.

Pickleaball Champion Callan Dawson showing me how the Black Ace allows him to dink with precision.

I now had the answer to my problem — I was using unproven and overhyped solutions — never the right equipment I needed

The paddle responded to every hit, stroke and dropshot like it was a natural extension of my hand. I was once again playing at the level that I knew I was capable of.  

The boost to my confidence on the court was immediate and immeasurable. 

The best part?

As with every ProKennex paddle, the Kinetic system reduces shock and vibration by 43%, helping eliminate the epidemic of arm injury and strain in Pickleball.

The pickleball world needed a solution that wasn’t yet available on the market or even talked about in the world of Pickleball.

I knew I had a get my hands on this modern solution for an age old Pickelball problem

And this is where things get tricky.

This groundbreaking pickleball paddle has technology in it that no other paddle on the planet offers (saving players emotional and financial woes worth a fortune).

But Steve told me selling the Black Ace to the masses was cost prohibitive. 

They would have to sell the paddle for $400 just to break even due to the insanely complicated manufacturing process of integrating the single piece TORAY faced carbon and the additional kinetic system added to the handle of the paddle acting as a last-pass filtration system of harmful vibrations due to the enhanced power of the Black Ace.

Wealthy people would buy the Black Ace knowing that it would save them tons of money on personal coaching and pickleball camps, but what about the common player? 

It's a work-of-art, the first truly crafted Pickleball paddle with carbon fiber for enhanced spin and accuracy combined with injury-saving kinetic technology.

I thought long and hard about how I was going to be able to afford such a well design paddle that would surely elevate my game to the next level.

Luckily, Prokennex wanted to make sure this paddle was accessible to the majority of pickleball players and that the benefits of the Black Ace (and kinetic technology) could be widespread.

They knew this paddle would catapult the brand and leave all the other paddle companies in the dust. Even if they sold the paddle at a loss now they would gain a customer for life.

That is why Prokennex decided to ignore the true market value of the paddle and for a limited time offer the Prokennex Black Ace at a discounted cost of only $250

Let me introduce you to the Prokennex Black Ace Pro — The most innovative and revolutionary pickleball paddle ever invented.

Bingo! I found the perfect pickleball paddle. And Im not the only one...

Over two years in the making, the ProKennex Kinetic technology incorporated into the Prokennex Black Ace employs a highly sensitive timing system with internal tungsten-filled chambers that reduce vibration and focus energy more efficiently.

This pickleball paddle is a quantum leap in paddle design, incorporating the proven Kinetic Energy technology which is specifically made to prevent and treat arm and elbow injuries while delivering world class playability.

Studies by MIT labs show that this technology can help reduce energy translation to the handle, reducing harmful impact forces that can cause or aggravate arthritis, sprains, tenniditious, sore muscles, achy joints and arm injuries

The best part - it was created by Pickleball players, for Pickleball players. Not a product engineer like so many other paddles.

This paddle incorporates painstaking two years of painstaking research and development adding these key features that make this the highest performing paddle on the planet:

  • Toray T700 Carbon Fiber

    First ever TORAY carbon fiber faced single piece paddle. The Black Ace is also the first TORAY carbon fiber faced paddle in an edgeless design, an engineering and manufacturing feat. The perfect blend of power and control..

  • New Kinetic System

    Due to extreme power and pop of the Black Ace, an additional kinetic system was added in the handle of the paddle, enhancing the
    paddle with one extra layer of filtration of shock, torque and vibration. The tungsten beads within the kinetic system are now viewable through the end cap of the paddle

  • Carbon Fiber Surface

    A spin friendly textured Toray carbon fiber face material coats the hitting surface with a compound uniquely capable of adding surface contact with the ball, which not only imparts more spin, but lasts longer than traditional surfaces so you can access more spin for a longer period of time.

  • Air-O-Guard system

    An Original Air-O-Guard system achieves paddle protection without the weight and balance problems of current, outdated guards. Instead of replacing the paddle like you do with all other companies, simply replace your AIR -O-GUARD with a brand new one.

That’s right for the discounted price of $400 $250: you can have the most advanced pickleball paddle in the world.


Prokennex is offering this exclusive deal of $250 for a limited time as supplies are limited.

Once you click on the blue button that says “YES! I Want My Own Kinetic Black Ace Paddle” you will be taken to a check out page where you can buy the paddle direct from Prokennex ensuring you get an authentic Black Ace Paddle and not some counterfeit model sold by imposters.

I'm so confident that you will love this paddle and that you’ll never want to play with another paddle ever again.

However, if for some reason you aren’t satisfied with your purchase Prokenex is now offering a 30 day money back guarantee.

The choice is simple...

You could continue playing with outdated technology and exacerbate your current frustrations and endanger your pickleball playing days.

Or you can switch to a paddle that will allow you to play Pickleball at the level you are truly capable of while gaining immeasurable confidence on and off the court.

This is a decision you should not take lightly, but I wouldn’t take too long to decide as other resellers are already selling out of this revolutionary paddle due to feverish demand.

Don’t wait any longer as supplies are limited.

Click the button below to get your very own Prokennex Black Ace paddle for the discounted price of $400 $250