All over the world, popular summertime and beach activities range from swimming, sunbathing to volleyball or frisbee. But in this gorgeous yet small Middle-eastern country in the Midterean, there’s an awesome and extremely popular sport. The game of matkot is a well-known beach activity that all locals love to play all year round but mainly in the summer. This century-old game is seen on every beach in the country and has become a huge part of the Israeli culture. And once you scroll through, you’ll understand for yourself why this is so. So next time you visit one of the many beaches, don’t be shy. Just join in on the fun and experience why the beloved game of matkot.
What Is Matkot?
The game of maktot has been played on many beaches since the 1920s. The word ‘matkot’ is a Hebrew word that literally means racquets and is a hugely popular padel ball game that is mostly played all across Israel. Locals who have lived in the beautiful Mediterranean country and have been played the years since childhood are not exactly certain as to how the game evolved. But, the awesome game is very similar to beach tennis and is often referred to by Israelis as their “national sport”. One of the best things about the game is that there are no complicated rules or points, just a simple way for the whole family to get a bit of exercise and have lots of fun together.
How To Play?
The famous game of matkot is usually played in pairs but many like to enjoy the game in small groups as well. All you need is a wooden paddle or a beach tennis racquet and of course a rubber ball. The balls used to play matkot are light and bouncy, similar to that of a squash ball. One of the best things is they come in many different stunning colors. Players need to hit the ball back and forth by keeping in mind the only rule of the game – hit the ball straight to your opponent as many times as possible without letting it touch the sand. The equipment needed is not expensive and can definitely be found anywhere and everywhere in Israel.
Why Is It So Popular?
One of the main reasons why the sport is so popular is because people of all ages can play and enjoy the game. As we mentioned before, matkot is a pretty ancient game that has been played for many generations. However, in recent years, the game has drawn in many new fans from all over the world. Another great thing is that matkot is not so much of a competitive sport but rather one that brings people together, especially in the summer. Both locals and tourists describe it as a “very Israeli thing to do”. If you never give this sport a try, don’t wait any longer – get to the beach and try it out now!