Pickleball Equipment

Compared to sports like golf, Formula One racing, rock-climbing, parasailing, Spey-casting, fly-fishing or even jumping out of a perfectly good airplane for the heck of it, pickleball isn’t an equipment-intensive sport. However, like every sport, it does have its minimum daily requirements. Few pieces of pickleball equipment and desire to play is all that you need in a court.

The Paddle- Pickleball Equipment

What we hit the ball with isn’t a racquet, it’s a paddle. As we said above, pickleball paddles look look a good bit like over-sized table-tennis paddles, with some differences. The average pickleball paddle will be about 8 “ wide and 15 ¾” long…total of width and length must be under 24”. Weight will be around 7.5 – 8.5 ounces depending on thickness, composition, type of grip, etc. Many of the manufacturers offer a whole bunch of choices for pickleball equipment, for example PaddleTek, shown below, (they just happened to be the first ones to send us all the nice pretty pictures, so we’re showing them, and also we have played with most all of them, and also we do like them, but we like others…no offense, PaddleTek…just as well). In any event each of the paddles within a manufacturer’s offerings often do have different characteristics. More on this later but it winds up being a matter of personal choice.

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3 Comments

  • Dubonais Bonscone
    July 4, 2015

    All of the paddles I buy seem to have developed invisible gaping holes in them. That is the only explanation for my frequent whiffs. Do you know of a manufacturer who does not build planned obsolescence into their products? I am getting tired of looking like a spaz on the courts because of inferior paddles.

    • Us
      July 24, 2015

      Hi. I feel your pain. I believe that EVERY paddle out there has an invisible stealth hole in it. More, the technology seems to be so good that they (the sadistic but very savvy manufacturers) are now sharing the ability to MOVE the hole to wherever YOUR sweet spot is. Thus if you tend to hit most balls near the top of the paddle rather than near the middle, THE HOLE MOVES TO WHERE YOU ARE HITTING! This technology was initially developed by the military and only recently has appeared in the private sector, much to my personal dismay.

    • Mickey Collins
      September 5, 2015

      All paddles come with a hole built in. Sometimes it is huge but most of the time it is non existent.

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