I discovered Dave while watching the Pickleball Channel video explaining the practice and technique of “stacking” in pickleball. He actually has made it into at least 3 of the videos on the Pickleball Channel. Dave is in love with the game of pickleball. I’d go so far as to say he is a Pickleball FANatic! Enjoy!
Can you list for us some of your accomplishments?
2015 Grand Canyon State Games – Gold, Ages Doubles w/ Justin Rogers
2015 Grand Canyon State Games – Gold, Open Doubles w/ Justin Rogers
2014 USAPA Nationals – Gold, Singles 35+
What paddle do you play with and why?
I play with the Paddletek Element. It is a great combination of feel for soft shots and enough power and pop for kill shots.
What’s your Pickleball story? How were you introduced to Pickleball?
I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’m an ex-tennis player. I played tennis from the age of 4. I also came close to being on the Olympic table tennis team. My parents moved from Milwaukee to Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona around 2007. While visiting them that first year, I was playing tennis one day and asked my dad about the game being played nearby with all the “noise”. I watched them play for about 20 minutes, and then joined in the pickleball game. I was hooked after playing for 10 minutes! I usually visit Surprise twice a year, and I started playing tournaments in 2014. Pickleball really took off when a group of folks got support to build the City Courts in Surprise.
What is your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
I prefer outdoors for the sun and fresh air. But indoors is where local competitions are played.
What are your favorite places to play? Why?
My favorite places to play are Surprise, Arizona and Ogden, Utah. My wife Dina and our 3 boys, ages 15, 13 and 10, love to play pickleball. Everyday we are in Surprise, we play 3-4 hours a day.
What’s your “secret sauce”? Any tips for players?
When introducing folks to the game, I like to teach them the “soft” game first, at the kitchen lines. I have them do dink shots back and forth until they are comfortable with the shot. Then I show them how to use the dink shots to set up for the kill shot. When the game is played right, you can get really long rallies. Consistency of play can minimize the unforced error.
What is your day job?
I am CEO of the Weinbach Investment Management Firm. I started the firm 2 years ago. I am a portfolio manager and I am a Certified Financial Planner.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make the time to play?
Four years ago, I introduced pickleball to folks in Wisconsin. I try to play 3 days a week, 2-3 hours a day. We have a nice group in Madison, with 18 players rated at 4.0 or better. It is incredible how quickly pickleball is growing in the Midwest. I just built my own court, so I’ll be able to play more often and I’ll be introducing the game to many, many more people.
Do you have anything else you would like to share?
Pickleball is the perfect game for me. It combines to a perfect fit of my tennis and table tennis skills. The beauty of pickleball is that I now have very good friends all over the country. The game has done so much for me and my family. I look forward to giving back and introducing more folks to the game of pickleball.