Pickleball podcasts are seemingly all the rage. And for good reason. Afterall, a podcast is a convenient, on-the-go audio content-consumption option for listeners – ideal for the busy schedules of those of us who are on the courts daily and are commuting fairly long distances to play.
What Makes for a Great Pickleball Podcast?
With technology rapidly evolving, creating and hosting a podcast has never been easier. Still, there are several elements that make for an effective pickleball podcast. First, the production value needs to be solid – yet not over-the-top. The host(s) need to be authentic, credible and have a good rapport with the guests and fellow host(s). The content needs to be helpful and applicable for all pickleball skill levels. And, finally, the entertainment value needs to be high.
So having said that, I have created a list of the best – actually, my favorite – pickleball podcasts. Most listed are audio podcasts. However, there are a couple listed that are simply live-streamed to Facebook and/or YouTube.
My 5 Favorite Pickleball Podcasts
Shown below are my 5 favorite pickleball podcasts (in order):
1. The McGuffin Show
Who would have thought? Admittedly, Tyson McGuffin is not my favorite player to watch on the professional tour – yet, in my opinion, he has the best pickleball podcast out there. With side-kick, Kyle McKenzie, they have great rapport with each other, provide great instructional insights and are the cream-of-the-crop in the pickleball podcast landscape. Launched on December 1, 2020, the McGuffin Show has 26 archived episodes – with each episode approximately 1 hour in length.
2. The Freestyle Boys
The Freestyle Boys – hosted by world’s #1 player, Ben Johns and Rob Nunnery – is not as buttoned-up and polished as the McGuffin Show. However, it’s very authentic, humorous and insightful. This is a pickleball podcast that is definitely worth a listen. Launched on March 31, 2021, the Freestyle Boys has 24 archived episodes – with each episode approximately 1 hour in length.
3. Live with Simone
Live with Simone is live-streamed weekly on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Eastern time. In this live stream format, Simone Jardim, discusses pickleball technique and strategies – and takes questions from the listeners. Arguably the GOAT of women’s pickleball, she is as down-to-earth as they come. Also love that she coached the women’s tennis team at Michigan State University. Go Green! Here is Episode #1 of 11.
PicklePod is hosted by Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol of Survivor fame. The two have a great rapport between each other and the entertainment value is quite high. Apostol is particularly engaging and entertaining.
5. Eddie & Webby Podcast
Eddie & Webby are the “pioneers” of pickleball podcasting. They launched their first episode on May 31, 2018. 91 episodes later – on December 23, 2021 – they published their final episode. Incredible production value. Great interviews. 91 episodes. Sadly, all good things come to an end. Thanks, Eddie & Webby, for blazing the path forward with pickleball podcasting!
Other Pickleball Podcasts “Receiving Votes”
Here are some other pickleball podcasts (in no particular order) that may be worth the listen:
Around the Post Show
The Around the Post Show is hosted by Jonny Pickleball and Kyle Yates. The show is live-streamed on Facebook and/or YouTube. Here is Episode #1 of 12.
Pickleball Fire Podcast
Launched on October 20, 2020, the Pickleball Fire Podcast, hosted by Lynn Cherry, has 147 episodes to date. Each episode is approximately 20-30 minutes in length. This podcast has very informative interviews.
Pickleball After Dark
This is a brand new podcast, hosted by APP Tour commentator, Lauren McLaughlin. This podcast was launched on January 31, 2022. Although only four episodes in, I encourage you to give it a listen.
Golden Boy Pickleball
Golden Boy Pickleball is a YouTube channel (not quite a podcast) hosted by Scott Golden. Initially known for live-streaming any-and-all pickleball matches that he possibly could, The Golden Boy Pickleball Channel – in addition to live-streaming matches – frequently updates viewers on the happenings in the world of pickleball. Here is an interview conducted by Golden with Anna Bright immediately following her breakout performance at the APP Tournament in Punta Gorda, Florida (2022).
While there are several other pickleball podcasts, these are 8 that I have found to be very helpful and entertaining. Give any of these a listen and let me know if you enjoy them as much as I do.
See you on the courts… and under the headphones!