47 episodes

On “PicklePod”, Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol deliver an entrée of updates from around the Pickleball World. Some would say it’s a “Picklers” dream podcast with the duo’s loud and unfiltered insights commentating on the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of the sport as Pickleball undeniably rockets towards mainstream adoption. They are in the know, frequently attend the sports biggest events, and regularly communicate with the Pros. Weekly rotating topics, guests, tournament recaps, Pickleball pop-culture, player strategies, and more. No comment or topic can breach the PicklePod Non-Valley Zone, everything is in play. It’s on the PicklePod or it didn’t happen. Thomas Shields is the Founder Of “The Dink Pickleball” Media company and Tyson Apostol is a 4X Survivor TV show contestant, Gamma, Fila, & PicklePlay partner, and the #1 pickleball personality in the world.

On “PicklePod”, Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol deliver an entrée of updates from around the Pickleball World. Some would say it’s a “Picklers” dream podcast with the duo’s loud and unfiltered insights commentating on the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of the sport as Pickleball undeniably rockets towards mainstream adoption. They are in the know, frequently attend the sports biggest events, and regularly communicate with the Pros. Weekly rotating topics, guests, tournament recaps, Pickleball pop-culture, player strategies, and more. No comment or topic can breach the PicklePod Non-Valley Zone, everything is in play. It’s on the PicklePod or it didn’t happen. Thomas Shields is the Founder Of “The Dink Pickleball” Media company and Tyson Apostol is a 4X Survivor TV show contestant, Gamma, Fila, & PicklePlay partner, and the #1 pickleball personality in the world.

    How Tyson McGuffin Makes Money?

    How Tyson McGuffin Makes Money?

    Description: In this special edition of the PicklePod, Thomas is one on one with the most electrifying man in sports, Tyson McGuffin. To borrow from Jay-Z, Tyson is not a businessman, he is a business, man. McGuffin has set the precedent for building a brand in pickleball and is reaping the benefits. Take a look behind the curtain with the hardest working man in pickleball.
     
    Show Notes: 
    00:00 An intro for the man that needs no intro
    7:40 The McGuffin empire explained 
    10:50 Name all Revenue streams under the Mcguffin umbrella
    16:01 “A nice little bag” Tournament + Camp
    18:12 A new, more competitive Tyson is around the corner
    21:46 Tyson paddles the Power Air
    24:33 How can other pros improve their brand?
    31:40 Sam Q is coming to pickleball
    33:40 The Tour Wars would be a hell of a Netflix Documentary
    39:20 Did you think you would be allowed to play MLP?
    43:50 The most electrifying man in sports
    50:00 Gaming the algorithm
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    • 56 min
    It Feels Right with Rob & Stone

    It Feels Right with Rob & Stone

    Description: Veteran top-ranked pickleball pros Rob Nunnery and Adam Stone sit down to talk about anything and everything that just feels right. From the future of the pro game to improving as an amateur to whatever tv show is hot in the streets, Rob and Stone cover it all. 
    Fresh off Major League Pickleball Newport, Adam, and Rob have a lot to discuss. Rob is the center of a controversy that could change the MLP rulebook. MLP and the PPA go head to head in a competition for viewership. Adam and Rob share their Texas origin story and what their futures look like in pro pickleball.
     
    Show Notes:
    1:54 Adam Stone and Corrine Carr got married in Peru
    5:58 From living in a car to the pro pickleball level
    12:15 Major League Pickleball Recap
    23:45 Lowest Hanging Fruit in Pro Sports
    29:14 Knee surgery rehab - the ‘Yellowstone’ binge
    36:40 Digging in on the short-term alternate rule
    49:15 As MLP expands, teams and partnerships will need to evolve  
    1:00:05 Stone is feeling comfortable in the broadcast booth
    1:11:45 Lost wedding ring in a glacier lake in Peru
    1:17:00 Corrine Carr’s take on pro pickleball




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    • 1 hr 32 min
    A New Pickleball Addiction w/ Workaholics Creator, Kyle Newacheck

    A New Pickleball Addiction w/ Workaholics Creator, Kyle Newacheck

    Description: The multifaceted film, tv, and music video director/actor Kyle Newacheck has a new obsession, and her name is pickleball. Hear how he got started playing the game on the set of his new show ‘What We Do in the Shadows' and how he is spreading the addiction with his Workaholics co-stars. Kyle and Tyson both have a nemesis in their 70’s sparking a conversation about pickleball bringing generations together. We sprinkle in a little pickleball shoe science to educate another newcomer to the game. 
     
    Show Notes:
     
    7:45 GQ Article tries to take pickleball down a notch
    9:55 Kyle Newacheck joins the pod
    14:00 We keep losing to 70 year olds 
    21:20 Newacheck wants to go pro…in 10-15 years
    23:10 Introducing pickleball to the workaholics guys
    29:30 Is pickleball as big as we think it is?
    37:28 Very stoked to be able to play in Jordan’s - pickleball show science
    41:50 How do I start installing a pickleball court in my backyard?
    46:12 Tyson catches Kyle up on the Tour Wars, sounds like WWE vs WCW
    52:00 People “flipping out about the sound of pickleball”


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    • 57 min
    Shots Fired in the Tour Wars w/ Special Guest Ryan Trefry

    Shots Fired in the Tour Wars w/ Special Guest Ryan Trefry

    Description: Ryan Trefry is the Director of Pickleball at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, AZ. He runs the 41 court facility that has hosted tournaments for both the APP and PPA Tour. We talk about pro tour drama and what the next move is in the pickleball chess match. Ryan runs some of the biggest amateur tournaments in the country and knows what separates the pros from the pretenders. He is setting up Bell Bank Park to be a leader in youth pickleball with opportunities to compete and train. 
     
    Show Notes:
    1:30 The Challenge USA, watch it, then rewatch it
    6:14 Ryan Trefry’s So Cal Roots and OG Pickleball
    10:37 The Tyson Apostol Open at Bell Bank Park
    13:10 Pickleball’s debut at the Maccabiah Games
    14:32 PPA Selkirk Labs Showdown vs MLP Newport
    20:19 Room for growth in professional sponsorship
    27:17 Haters will say its fake, they need to see the speed in person
    32:10 What’s the next move in pro tour chess? 
    41:09 Definition of a ‘pro’ pickleball player
    48:17 Let’s add a verification check mark to DUPR
    50:10 Building youth pickleball at Bell Bank Park


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    • 57 min
    The Fastest Hands in Pickleball w/ Special Guest JW Johnson

    The Fastest Hands in Pickleball w/ Special Guest JW Johnson

    Description: JW ‘Just Win’ Johnson has won more pro medals than anyone in 2022. If modern pickleball had an MJ vs. Lebron debate, it would be between Ben Johns and JW Johnson. Get a behind the scenes look at the player no one wants to see on the other side of the net. Plus, Tyson is back on reality TV and dominating The Challenge USA, Wednesdays on CBS.

    Show Notes:
    4:40 Tyson is the front runner on The Challenge USA on CBS
    9:58 Family time has become pickleball time
    14:56 JW Johnson joins the show
    21:03 Who is number 1?
    28:59 The singles landscape from JW’s perspective
    32:04 Fastest hands in the game
    42:42 Speedups off the bounce vs out of the air
    51:37 The routine for improvement
    57:19 High stakes and high emotions at MLP



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The latest July 12

    The latest July 12

    Description: Thomas gives a weekly update of the latest News in Pickleball!
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    • 17 min

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