Meet The Pros – Carol Lindow
Carol is an ambassador for both pickleball and tennis. She does not believe a player has to give up one for the other! Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2017 USAPA NATIONALS -Gold, Women’s Doubles 5.0/Age with Jackie Faegre
-Bronze, Mixed Doubles 5.0/Age with Randy Bourne
2017 US OPEN-Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
-Gold, Senior 5.0 Women’s Doubles with Jackie Faegre
2016 NATIONALS-Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
2015 NATIONALS- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
2015 NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age with Jackie Faegre
-Silver Mixed Doubles Age with Skip Houghton
2014 HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES- Gold, Women’s Doubles Age
-Bronze Mixed Doubles age
What paddle do you play with and why?
Manta Extreme Point 5 and Manta Cobra Lite. These paddles give me great control and power when needed. Also, I seem to get a more consistent 3rd shot and great touch. I am a Manta Sports Sales Representative and member of the Manta Pro Team. I love being sponsored by Manta. They are a good up-and-coming company.
What is your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I have always loved racket sports and started playing pickleball 5 years ago when I retired and was looking for something new to do with my time. As a former Physical Education teacher, I taught pickleball, but did not realize it had become so popular until I retired and started playing and competing in it. I love the quickness, strategy and variety of shots involved in the game. Plus, the people that play it have so much fun that it is hard to stop playing.
“ One more game, OK...”
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I only play doubles mostly for this reason: I have had bilateral knee replacements and I want them to last for a long time. The lateral movement of singles would be much to demanding on my replacement knees.
What is your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
My favorite place to play outdoors is at the Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona, where I spend my winters. There are 32 individually-fenced, premier courts here. This is a place I refer to as “pickleball heaven” for active adults. In the summer I play in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there also are numerous, designated-outdoor pickleball courts with a very active pickleball community.
What is your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I feel having a wide variety of shots is the key. I don’t want to be predictable and I like trying to take away my opponent's type of game style with various shots that can throw them off. I feel being consistent, keeping the ball in play and not making mistakes is the key to success. I like to play percentage pickleball and not give away “free points”. I try to keep a calm disposition and not get upset when my opponents gain momentum in the game. When I get behind, I tend to concentrate better and always believe we can win the game or match no matter what the score might be. So much of this game is mental. I also enjoy “setting up” the point for the offensive lob or angled smash shot which I would say are my favorite shots.
What is your day job?
I am a retired PE Teacher.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
'One more game' is my motto, which means I play every day, endlessly!
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
Not really. I just try to focus. I don't get nervous because it is so much fun. A ritual would probably make me nervous.
Do you have any pickleball goals you would like to share?
I have met most of my goals to win gold in all the major tournaments. Of course my goal now is to stay healthy and encourage tennis players to play both sports because one game helps the other. I don't believe you have to give up one for the other. One of the big resistances among tennis players is that they might want to quit tennis because they fall in love with pickleball, but there are so many folks that do both. Many folks who play tennis at Palm Creek, where I live in the winter, have warmed up to the game. So I also 'ambassador' for the game of tennis for the pickleball players, because they can do both. I might consider going abroad to play pickleball as long as they have Age categories. Madrid may be a possibility.
Anything else you would like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
I am fortunate to have good partners. A good partner is a fine player you can have fun with, like Randy Bourne, who shares the court with you and who encourages their partner.