Pickleball Paddle

What Style of Pickleball Paddle Fits You?

Choosing the right pickleball paddle can make a difference in your game play.

But when you’re new to the sport it can be hard to know which paddle is right for you.

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Pickleball Safety Tips

Play Pickleball:  Safety Tips to Keep You on the Court

 

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States and it’s a typically safe and fun game to play.

However, with any sport activity there are some safety risks and it’s important to do your best to stay safe on the court.

Read on for some important safety tips yo keep you in the game.

Pickleball Safety: Defend Your Feet

Make sure you’re wearing proper shoes before you begin to play the game.

These should be supportive shoes that are designed to be used on a court.

They should be closed-toed with good tread on the bottom.

Athletic shoes will provide the most protection from the side to side motion that you’ll perform as you play.

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Mastering Pickleball

Pickleball Shots: Tips for Mastering Pickleball Serve and Return

Pickleball is fast becoming a popular sport.

If you’ve started playing you’ll no doubt want to improve your skills.

Read on for some tips to help master your serve and return shots.

Practice Before You Play

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Pickleball Doubles Explained

Pickleball Doubles:  How is it Different from Playing Singles?

Pickleball can be played either in singles or doubles play.  It’s common for players to play in both ways, but playing doubles is different from playing in singles.

When you play as a single player, you’re totally in control of your side of the court.

If you’re really skilled this can be an advantage as you don’t have to depend on someone else to have equal skills or to coordinate.

But it also means you have to cover the entire court and be prepared to return a ball from any place on the court.

When playing in doubles, you’ll have help with court coverage, but you’ll also have to coordinate with another player and make sure that you play to each other’s strengths.

There are several things that you can do to improve your performance in a doubles game.

Pickleball Doubles

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Pickleball beginner guide

Pickleball Beginner Basics:  Equipment

If you’re ready to get started with pickleball, it’s important to have the right equipment.

Read on to learn the most important equipment to have on hand and how to choose it properly.

Paddle

The first thing you’ll need is a pickleball paddle.

Pickleball paddles are smaller than tennis rackets but larger than ping-pong paddles. 

If you’re playing with an official league, you’ll need to be certain that you follow that league’s specifications for paddles.

You can purchase inexpensive paddles made from wood, but these are usually very heavy.

You’ll spend more to get a metal paddle, but it will be much lighter weight which can make play much easier.

Pickleball paddles can range from 6-9 ounces in weight.  Heavier paddles will help you to have more force, but less control.

And they can make your arm feel more fatigued.  But a paddle that is too light may not give you enough drive to get the ball across the court.

The grip is also a factor to consider.  You’ll want a grip that’s the right size for your hand.  A grip that is too small or too large can cause you to have trouble controlling the ball.

It can be a good idea to experiment with different styles before purchasing one.

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Pickleball Introduction

Pickleball Development

Pickleball has become a popular recreational game, but it’s nothing new.

This game was actually developed in 1965 when three friends wanted to play badminton, but didn’t have a shuttlecock, also known as a birdie, and decided to use a Wiffle ball instead.

The friends, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum, also lowered the net and made paddles out of plywood they had in their shed.

The name “pickleball” comes from the name of a family dog who would chase after the balls.

Because of its origin, it makes sense that pickleball is very similar to badminton.

But it also has similarities to tennis and ping-pong.

The court is 20 by 44 feet and a net is hung to be 36 inches high on the sidelines and 34 inches high in the middle.

The court is striped like a tennis court.

The game is played with paddles and a plastic ball with holes in it.

Pickleball paddles are smaller than tennis rackets, but they are a little larger than ping-pong paddles.Continue reading