On “PicklePod”, Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol deliver an entrée of updates from around the Pickleball World. Some would say it’s a “Picklers” dream podcast with the duo’s loud and unfiltered insights commentating on the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of the sport as Pickleball undeniably rockets towards mainstream adoption. They are in the know, frequently attend the sports biggest events, and regularly communicate with the Pros. Weekly rotating topics, guests, tournament recaps, Pickleball pop-culture, player strategies, and more. No comment or topic can breach the PicklePod Non-Valley Zone, everything is in play. It’s on the PicklePod or it didn’t happen. Thomas Shields is the Founder Of “The Dink Pickleball” Media company and Tyson Apostol is a 4X Survivor TV show contestant, Gamma, Fila, & PicklePlay partner, and the #1 pickleball personality in the world.
Description: APP Champion, PPA Champion, and MLP Champion, Parris Todd, joins the PicklePod. We talk about partner relationships, fashion, cryptocurrency, and Todd’s recent takeover of the world of pickleball. There are a lot of deals in the works for this former tennis star, including landing some real estate. Will TX or FL be the next big move? Don’t miss your chance to win Free Selkirk Paddles For Life!
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Description: Rob Nunnery crashes the PicklePod to talk PPA Orange County Cup and the Tennis Channel broadcast. The boys brainstorm a battle of the tours team event between the top players on the APP and PPA Tour. A nudist pickleball colony has caught everyone’s attention and we get into some old fashioned paddle talk.
3:02 Tyson’s surprise game with the Waters
9:05 Pickleball on Tennis Channel. How the heck do you watch ...
Description: The only Major League Pickleball owner/player Travis Rettenmaier joins the pod. Once ranked #57 in doubles tennis, Rettenmaier has one of a kind perspective on the state of pickleball. We go deep on his MLP experience and how a 20-12 lead in the finals slipped away.
11:09 Welcome Travis Rettenmaier
15:17 Bad coaching in the MLP Finals?
16:09 MLP Format - Good for Drama, Bad for Gambling
21:57 Tyson’s Solution...
Tyson and Thomas are live, in person, recording at the ONE37pm Cafe in New York. Thomas recounts an epic day of pickleball at the NYSE. The boys prep for the Major League Pickleball Draft Reveal and talk MLP strategy. We get an update from CRBN on the approval of their next generation of paddles.
1:15 Thomas relives the unreal MLP visit to the NYSE
8:27 A Celebration of Pickleball at the ONE37pm Cafe
We told you we had big news NYC. Major League Pickleball is taking over the NYSE to kick off the week in New York. Filmmaker, Chris Olson (@thepickleballstudio) is a go to source for paddle knowledge and puts out some of the best content in pickleball. He joins the pod for some good old fashioned paddle talk and we cover how to create the perfect pickleball documentary.
5:25 Chris Olson jumps in the mix
Description: Advanced statistics are entering the world of pro pickleball. Now we’ve got another way to nerd out. Tyson and Thomas debate if you should make the better player take the third shot or avoid them at all costs. New York City, we are coming so see you on May 26th. Save the date for an exclusive event with ONE37pm.
4:53 Ryan Sherry’s first PPA gold
13:34 Stats breakdown from the PPA NC Open
16:15 The Next Villian...
Description: Tyson and Thomas weigh in on PaddleGate 2022. The PPA Tour has a new paddle compliance policy. We asked the dink fam, would Serena Williams crush the pickleball world on day 1? Tyson goes viral every year on May the 4th and you can too.
0:36 PPA North Carolina Open starts a shorts discussion
3:50 The Dink Fam lives the pickleball life
8:25 The Paddle Controvesy
13:40 The PPA Tour’s new paddle compliance policy
Description: Tyson Apostol is BACK as host of the PicklePod. It’s always emotional when Rob Nunnery stops by. This time it’s hours after an unforgettable ER visit and he tells us all the horrific details. The strategy debate continues on how to cover the pickleball court. Thomas has a hack that will help get your erne count up.
4:58 Thomas brings Tyson up to speed after his hiatus
9:36 How’s Rob doing in Hawaii
Description: Camryn Irwin is a host for the LA Rams, AVP Tour, and Pac-12. The former college and pro volleyball player has made the switch to pickleball and was even in the booth for the PPA Tour last year. She confesses to Thomas and Casey that she is hooked on pickleball and plays 4-5 times a week. Listen for her unique perspective on how the game is growing and how viewership can be improved at the pro level.
Description: Collin Johns joins the PicklePod and breaks down pro pickleball strategy like we have never seen before. Thomas and Casey try to keep up with court geometry, attacking angles and why doubles pickleball is not meant to be a 50/50 game. Grab you pen and notebook for this one, you’re gonna need it.
0:27 Introducing Collin Johns, the Highlander, the Rightsider.
8:51 Training with GOATs, Simone and Ben, while com...
Description: The world’s top pickleball player, Ben Johns, joins the PicklePod to announce Joola as his new paddle and primary sponsor. The Hyperion paddle will debut at the PPA Red Rocks Open on April 7th. Will the switch to carbon fiber and Joola’s paddle engineering expertise make Johns unbeatable?
1:10 Ben’s big announcement!
7:47 The new frontiers of paddle technology
15:33 Pickleball Wordwide…investors? Possibly you! ...
Description: Thomas sits down with Gary Vee to talk about his recent purchase of a pickleball team and to discuss where he thinks the sport is going.
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Description: Casey Patterson is back as guest host and is joined by special guest Kyle Yates. Kyle has been at the top of the game for nearly a decade. He drops eight years worth of pickleball knowledge on the guys and shows some love for the legends of the sport. Has the strategy of the game changed? No, but the execution is better than ever…can you keep up?
0:54 “OG” Kyle Yates from the “pickleball capital” gives his per...
Description: US Olympian and AVP stud Casey Patterson is here to guest host. Everything happening in professional pickleball is giving Casey deja vu. From big sponsors buying in to crossover athletes taking over the game. Listen to see where he thinks the game is headed and how we’re going to get there.
2:25 Casey’s big chance
7:10 how to improve pickleball viewership?Let’s get rowdy! Zane gets it, backstories
Description: Anna Bright called her shot last weekend so we had to get her on the show. Coming off a historic pro pickleball debut, Bright tells us what it's like to become instantly famous in the pickleball world. The 2022 dance card is filling up fast for the former Cal tennis player, so shoot your shot while you have your chance. Tyson and Thomas wrap things up with some world class philosophy and geography.
Description: The boys are back…flying solo, together, with no guest this week. Tyson has another idea to take over the pickleball world and this one comes in pill form. Thomas finally got his stuff back but is still feeling the pain from the audience. The PPA and APP Tours are both in action this week, but who has the better lineup?
00:21 New name for the pod
6:58 APP Punta Gorda tourney is still stacked
10:20 Can PPA and A...
Description: A Dekel Bar highlight is always worth a replay, so we brought him back for round 2. There have been a ton of changes on the pickleball landscape since we last talked and we find out where Dekel stands. Tyson is a non-stop ideas machine and rolls out a foolproof strategy for pickleball dominance. The battle for Thomas’ belongings continues and we speculate on a 1000 player round-robin event.
0:56 Recurring gues...
Description: We’ve all had that feeling after winning a game, that I can beat anyone in pickleball feeling. Will Lowery from NBC and The Golf Channel is currently living in that feeling. He is hooked on pickleball and wants to make a run at the world’s top 10. Thomas and Tyson catch up on the APP New York City Open news and find out Thomas made DUPR’s 50 Top player list for the Great Lakes region.
3:32 The pickleball workout is a re...
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