Meet the Pros – Julie Haney

Meet the Pros – Julie Haney

Julie Haney

Julie Haney and her fabulous niece and nephews

Pickleball has really taken off in Sequim, Washington.  I’m always looking for new folks to feature in our “Meet the Pros” series, and when the Sequim Pickler’s Facebook page started bragging up Julie Haney, I had to ask.  Enjoy a bit of her pickleball story!

Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
I have a silver in women’s doubles 19+ at Nationals and a bronze in singles at the Tournament of Champions. Since being bumped to 5.0 in January of 2014, I have been fortunate to medal 20 times.

What paddle do you play with and why?
I am playing with the Pro-Lite C-4 Black Diamond Titan and the Engage Encore pickleball paddle. Both give me power and “touch” and are the best paddles I have used. 

 

What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
My Dad, Bruce Oja, got me started playing in Oceanside, CA. He “bugged” me for about 6 months until I finally agreed to come out to the courts on a Sunday in April of 2013 and I was hooked from there. I even showed up to play with hiking shoes on, which shows how un-serious I was on that first day.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?
I prefer outdoor play due to the livelier play of the ball.

Julie Haney, Sarah Linh Ansboury, Gigi LeMaster, Joy Leising and Christine Barksdale in Bend, Oregon

Julie Haney, Sarah Linh Ansboury, Gigi LeMaster, Joy Leising and Christine Barksdale in Bend, Oregon

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I prefer doubles play for the strategy and teamwork required.

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
I really like Bend, Oregon for the overall environment and the beautiful courts.

What’s your “secret sauce”? Any tips for players?
I try to practice with close to as much intensity and focus as if I were playing a tournament and always be working on improving an aspect of my game. Watch 5.0 players who are better than you and do what they do.

What’s your day job?
I have been a Private Investigator for about 4 years and for about 25 years before that, I was an NCIS Special Agent.

How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I typically play 3 times a week for 2 to 3 hours and I work on my fitness daily outside of pickleball.

Some Sequim players had a chance to play with Jimmy Lowe from Honolulu, Hawaii. Jimmy is a distinguished racquetball player and has been playing pickleball for about four months

Julie Haney and some Sequim players had a chance to play with Jimmy Lowe from Honolulu, Hawaii. Jimmy is a distinguished racquetball player and has been playing pickleball for about four months

Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
Of course, medaling at Nationals is a goal, and constantly improving both my shot making and my mental game.

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
The tennis players coming over to pickleball are raising the level of play and I think that is really good for the sport.

One thought on “Meet the Pros – Julie Haney

  1. Hello my name is Sue Barker and I live in an over 50’s village in Caboolture Queensland Australia and would like to tell you my story of how I was introduced to Pickleball.

    I decided to find an over 50’s village to move into, I searched high and Lo and found Halcyon Glades here at Caboolture that was in the very early stages of being built, the area suited me as close to two of three of my grown up children and grandies. I noticed a court of pickleball was included, asking what that was I instantly interested as played competitive tennis most of my life and suffering with arthritis, shoulder problems etc felt maybe tennis out of my league. I googled pickleball and started my research and finding people like yourselves and also some people in Cairns. We will have the first official pickleball court in Australia when our facilities open in approx 4 weeks, as this is taking off we are having courts marked out as well on our tennis courts to help with the demand. Earlier this year a group of us decided to make ourselves a temporary court in our street with a make shift net, posts all made from materials we found, a few had purchased paddles and bingo an instant court. Our Community Manager is always dumbfounded in our antics. We go offsite weekly and have a gentleman who has been helping us with training and we currently have some visiting Americans here anxious to play with us in a round robin tournament. We are looking forward to being able to play within our grounds.

    ​Please find attached our make shift court, not without injuries.

    Thank you Sue Barker 0401676065​

    Sue barker

    On 24 Feb 2016, at 1:46 AM, WordPress.com wrote:

    Anna posted: “Meet the Pros – Julie Haney Pickleball has really taken off in Sequim, Washington. I’m always looking for new folks to feature in our “Meet the Pros” series, and when the Sequim Pickler’s Facebook page started bragging up Julie Haney, I had to ask. “

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