Looking to improve your pickleball game? Well, whether you're a beginner or have been playing for 30 years, we all would agree having the right equipment is crucial. You guessed “paddle” for most important pickleball equipment, you would be correct! With so many options out there, how do you know what’s right for you? Does a 75 year old woman use the same paddle as a 25 year old man? Does someone who is more athletic or has a background in tennis need a more advance paddle? The list goes on and on. This article should help show you a clear path to picking the right pickleball paddle.
When it comes to paddles, weight, grip size, shape, and core are all important when choosing a paddle. Paddles can range from 6 to 14 ounces, so you've got plenty of choices. The size of the handle is also important. You need to make sure it fits comfortably in your hand so you can have a firm grip while playing–too big and it can cause problems. You really want it to fit right, sort of like a nice shoe. The reality is, if the grip is too small or too big, it can be tough to control your shots. The shape and core of the paddle are also really important and will impact the type of play you will have. The face of the paddle is also important as this will be the “feel” part. The face can be made of carbon fiber, fiberglass, or graphite, and the core can be made of Nomex, aluminum, polymer, or wood. And let's not forget about the price. Paddles can cost anywhere from $10 to over $400 so you gotta keep your budget in mind.
Now, weight is a crucial factor when it comes to paddles. A lighter paddle allows you to swing a bit faster, but the downside to a lighter paddle is it also means less control. A heavier paddle will slow it down, but you'll get more power out of it. If you're new to pickleball, we recommend choosing a paddle that weighs between 450 and 570g. It'll give you enough weight to learn proper technique without sacrificing too much speed or power, and it's easier on your arms than heavier paddles. Oh, and don't forget about the grip size. The right size will help you maintain a secure grip while playing, which is super important for controlling the ball and executing shots quickly and accurately, especially if you like to spin the ball!
The standard size for paddles is 4 1/2" in diameter at its widest point (the handle), with an overall length between 26" and 28". This should be enough room to comfortably grip the paddle with both hands (without straining their wrists or fingers). But if you've got small hands, or prefer playing with only one hand on your paddle, or are new to the game and want something more beginner-friendly, you might wanna try out some 3 1/2"-diameter models instead. They'll be lighter than the larger ones but still will be really good if you’re just learning. Remember, you can always upgrade paddles-and it will be easier when you have more experience.
Keep in mind that the right paddle can make a big difference in your game, however, it's not the only factor. Your technique, speed, athleticism, and strategy are also really important. So don't rely solely on your equipment to win matches. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing singles or doubles, the type of paddle you choose will be important. Singles players may prefer a heavier paddle with more power, while doubles players might prefer a lighter paddle with better control.
If you're unsure about which paddle to choose, try asking for recommendations from fellow players or do some research online. If you’re new and want a light-weight but good quality paddle, we recommend something like the Big Dink. The paddles are great for all levels but for newbies, it’s a big advantage (and it won’t break the bank). It has a standard size shape (16.5inches x 7.5inches) with a pp honeycomb core and carbon face.
If you’re still not sure which paddle is right for you, reading reviews and watching videos can help you get a better sense of what paddles are popular and which ones might work best for you. Youtube will be your best friend! And if you're serious about improving your pickleball skills, consider taking lessons from a pro. They can help you fine-tune your technique, give you valuable tips and tricks, and help you take your game to the next level.
In conclusion, picking the right pickleball paddle is crucial for improving your game and having fun on the court. Consider factors like weight, grip size, shape and construction, and price when choosing a paddle, and remember to focus on technique, footwork, and strategy. See you on the court! It’s pickleball time.