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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