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How To Choose A Pickleball Paddle?

Is there really a difference in pickleball paddles?

The main differences that affect playability in pickleball paddles are weight, paddle core, paddle surface, paddle thickness, grip size and handle length.

What is the best way to determine pickleball grip size?

Measure the distance from the bottom lateral crease (the middle of the three), up to the tip of your ring finger. This measurement will be somewhere between 4 and 5 inches, and should be the perfect circumference for your pickleball grip. Simple as that.

What is standard pickleball paddle?

The standard pickleball paddle shape is 16 inches long by 8 inches wide (which, in each case, meets the total 24 inches permitted by the rules of pickleball). This shape offers a great balance of reach, power, and control for pickleball paddles.

How many pickleball paddles should I have?

For yourself, you only need one pickleball paddle. However, the sport is relatively new, so you might spend some time convincing your friends and family to try the sport out. That means you might have to provide the paddles, and for a single’s match, you need two paddles and four paddles for a double’s game.

How do I know if I need a new pickleball paddle?

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Dead spots in the sweet spot, though not visible, can make the paddle feel and sound different than it did when it was new. If your paddle has more texture and you rely on the texture for spin, the deterioration of the gritty surface may indicate that it is time for a new paddle.

How tight should I hold my pickleball paddle?

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How do you determine the weight of a pickleball paddle?

Midweight pickleball paddles (between 7.3 and 8.3 ounces) are the most beginner-friendly as they balance paddle speed, control, and power. Lightweight paddles (7.3 ounces and lighter) increase agility and control, whereas heavier pickleball paddles (8.3 ounces and up) increase power.

How thick should your paddle grip be?

You should find that the measurement falls somewhere between 4 inches and 5 inches. Start with the paddle grip size that is closest to what you measured and grab hold of the paddle handle with a continental grip.

What does 13 mm mean for pickleball paddle?

13 mm VS 16 mm Pickleball Paddle: Which One Should You Pick?

Thickness. Paddles are typically between 11mm and 16mm thick. The thinner the paddle, the more “pop” you’ll get off the surface. The thicker a paddle, the more it will absorb the ball’s energy. If a paddle comes in 13mm and 16mm thicknesses, 13mm will be the “power” and 16mm will be “control”.

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