The paddles used for pickleball can be made up of different types of materials that do different things. Some manufacturers make paddles with plastic cores and some make them with aluminum cores. Others cover their paddles with fiberglass while some finish it with graphite.
The most expensive paddle isn’t necessarily the best paddle for you. Focus on weight and grip size first and don’t be distracted by the colours, fancy graphics or catchy model names.
Factors to consider when choosing a paddle
Most pickleball experts agree that weight should be your top priority when choosing a paddle. The majority range from 170g to 255g. The weight of the paddle is very much a personal preference which depends on your strength and style of play.
2. Grip Size
The video below explains how to measure your tennis racquet grip size, but the technique is identical for pickleball paddles.
3. Paddle Material
Wood: The heaviest and cheapest.
Graphite: The most expensive option, but light and powerful.
Composite: A good compromise between a wood and graphite paddle. These paddles are constructed with a composite core and a fibreglass or carbon fibre surface.
There are a variety of pickleball paddles available including edgeless paddles, wide body paddles and oversized paddles.
Nets and Pickleballs
You will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball is unique, with holes through it like a whiffle ball. Different ball models are intended for indoor and outdoor play. Balls come in several colors, including orange, white, yellow and green.
Pickleball shoes are actually much more important than your paddle!
Wearing good court shoes can lessen the chances of injury. Sneakers or running shoes do not supply the right kind of support for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball. Open shoes, hiking boots, running shoes and swim shoes are most definitely not suitable for pickleball. A lot of people will start playing pickleball with their running shoes because it’s the most common type of sports shoe and it’s the most convenient, but this can be a disastrous choice. To avoid injury in pickleball, you will need sturdier shoes.
Because pickleball being such a new sport in Australia, it is virtually impossible to find a pair of shoes made especially for pickleball. A well-fitting pair of tennis shoes is the best option for outdoor play and volleyball or badminton shoes for indoor play.
You can wear just about anything comfortable and appropriate for the climate: athletic shorts, gym pants, t-shirts, etc.
Contact Tony Morgan for all your pickleball needs. PB Sports is a NSW based business that provides pickleball paddles, nets, balls and exclusive bundle deals. They offer on-line ordering with shipping or they can personally deliver to clubs in NSW to save you money.
NBPA members qualify for a 5% discount.