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Player Spotlight - Kyle Balliet

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Name: Kyle Balliet

Home Club: Pittsburgh Field Club

Division: 1

What is your paddle of choice?

Wilson Steam Lite

How long have you been playing paddle?

15 years

What is your favorite part of playing paddle?

There are so many things to like it's hard to pick one. I like doing something competitive and trying to find ways to win, I like the camaraderie and meeting people from all over Pittsburgh, being outside in the winter, and drinking beer...whats not to like?

Your greatest paddle strength?

Unfortunately the last few years I think my greatest strength has been finding ways to lose close matches.

What is your best paddle memory?

Coming back from being down 1-5, 0-40 in a rare singles match at a fun social event

What do you enjoy when you’re not playing paddle?

When not playing paddle I like spending time with my wife and two kids, playing golf, and skiing/snowboarding.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Not really a ritual but i like to chew gum while I play.

What advice would you give to beginners?

Play as much as you can and with better players, ask for advice and learn to play both sides. There are some good instructional videos online that the APTA put out years ago that I share with new players at the Field Club.


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