Player Spotlight - Scott Troutman
Updated: Feb 14, 2021
Name: Scott Troutman
Home Club: Longue Vue CC
What is your paddle of choice?
I'm actually in between paddles right now. I've always been a Viking guy but I've been demoing the Master Athletics paddles and really like them.
How long have you been playing paddle?
I played a little bit as a kid but my first season playing for a team was my senior year in high school in 1996-97. I played with my dad for Longue Vue's D3 team.
What is your favorite part of playing paddle?
Many will be shocked to hear that I don't fancy myself a gym rat, so being able to get outside in the winter and competing in something has always been my favorite aspect. A close second is the social component which is great as well.
Your greatest paddle strength?
Probably volleying or my two-hand backhand.
What is your best paddle memory?
Hard to say just one. All of those years playing in the West Penn's is what I have enjoyed most. Practice match on Thursday night to prep. Waiting with bated breath to see how Martin was going to screw you with the draw on Friday (everybody always got screwed). Playing all day Saturday and then some good fellowship over some beers in the evening. Those are my favorite memories.
What do you enjoy when you’re not playing paddle?
I like to play golf during the warmer months and watching/coaching my kids in their various sports e.g. basketball, lacrosse.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
Yes. Before league matches, I like to stuff my face with at least 2-3 slices of scalding hot pizza right before I step onto the court to ensure that it sets up like concrete in my stomach halfway into the first set. It's a tried and true strategy.
What advice would you give to beginners?
If you want to improve quickly, you need to play in pick-up matches with players of equal or better ability. Playing once a week in your league match is not enough to appreciably improve. Also, play in tournaments when possible. One weekend of tournament play can do wonders for your game.