Pickleball gains popularity in Goodyear

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GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's a funny name for a serious game!

Believe it or not, "Pickleball" is turning into one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. The sports is actually in full swing in Goodyear. At Pebble Creek Resort Community, it's reservation-only on the community's pickleball courts.

Pickleball combines racquetball with badminton and ping pong. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court.

The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a smaller version of a wiffle ball.

Although invented in 1965 as a backyard pastime, it's now rapidly gaining popularity. Some schools are even teaching it in PE.

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