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How to Choose a Pickleball Paddle

Updated: Apr 26

With spring rolling around and blue skies ahead, pickleball season is kicking into high gear. Whether you’re an experienced pickleballer or a beginner with FOMO, choosing a paddle can be overwhelming. Here are three things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect pickleball paddle.

  1. Weight 

The weight of a pickleball paddle is a significant factor in power and control. Lighter paddles offer better maneuverability and control, which we recommend for beginners and players who like to spend time at the net. Lighter paddles have a larger ‘sweet spot,’ resulting in consistent and accurate shots. On the other hand, heavier paddles are better suited for experienced players who want maximum power and speed. Heavier paddles allow for short, compact swings at the baseline but require more precise and trained skills. 

  1. Shape

Paddle shapes usually fall into three categories: wide-body, standard and elongated. Elongated paddles have a narrow body that allows for more reach, power and speed, but they also have a smaller ‘sweet spot’ that is usually positioned slightly higher on the paddle. We recommend a more elongated paddle for advanced pickleballers with precise aim. Wide-body paddles have less power and spin but a larger, more forgiving ‘sweet spot’. A wide-body paddle gives the player better control and stability, which is beneficial for less experienced players. For total newbies, we suggest starting somewhere in the middle until you figure out your pickleball style.

  1. Material

Paddles are usually constructed from mainly two performance materials: graphite and composite. Graphite paddles tend to be expensive but are the most popular option as they strike the perfect balance between being strong and lightweight. For a happy medium option, composite paddles are a great bang for your buck without compromising your performance. Many players prefer the composite material as their textured surface allows for maximum spin on the ball. Composite also allows for a better pocketing of the ball.

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