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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PICKLEBALL PADDLE

WHICH PICKLEBALL PADDLE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? - ANSWERED

Choosing the right pickleball paddle can seem daunting, but don't worry, whether you're looking for your first paddle or moving on to your next, we're here to help. Here is a short guide on what to look for when choosing your paddle, and if in doubt please email me at gary@pickleballworld.co.uk or Contact Us Here and we'll be sure to give you the best advice.

1. Pickleball Paddle Weight - Light to Heavy

One of the most important things to consider when selecting a pickleball paddle is the weight. Weight guidelines for paddles are as follows:

  • Light paddles (<7.5 oz)
  • Mid weight paddles(7.5-8.5 oz)
  • Heavy paddles (>8.5 oz)

Lightweight Paddles

 
New players sometimes select a lighter paddle that is easier to swing and provides more accuracy and wrist action. You may get tired more quickly using a paddle that is too heavy for you.
Lightweight paddles are ideal for touch players who dink and prefer drop shots to hard shots and slams. They provide a faster response time when you are at the net, and the ball is coming at you.
If you have previously played table tennis or racquetball and are switching to pickleball, lighter paddles will work well since those sports involve wrist action. The drawbacks are that lighter paddles offer less power, and if you are physically stronger you may be inclined to swing too fast and miss the shot.

Medium Weight Paddles

A medium weight paddle is a good option if you aren’t sure what weight is right for you and can be used by players at all levels.
Medium weight paddles offer a good combination of power and control. Players who are looking for a game with both finesse and power should look for a mid weight paddle. The best-selling paddles at Pickleball World tend to be of medium weight.

Heavy Weight Paddles

Players who prefer power over control tend to use a heavier paddle, as they can generate more pop on the ball. A heavier paddle will allow you to swing the paddle faster but require more effort to get the paddle up to that speed. In addition, the power comes at the expense of some control.
 
Heavy paddles are more common in the singles game as power beats finesse. Dinks and drop shots aren’t as prevalent in singles pickleball as they are in doubles pickleball.
Be aware that a heavy paddle can be a cause of wrist and arm strain and if you are experiencing these problems you should consider switching to a lighter paddle.

2. Pickleball Paddle Material - Core & Face

Modern pickleball paddles are usually constructed with Nomex or Polymer honeycomb cores. Cheaper paddles of wood or aluminium are available, but are less technologically advanced, and to get the most enjoyment out of your pickleball you should choose one of the former builds which can be found at very affordable prices at Pickleball World. We do not sell wood or aluminium paddles.
It is however the material used for the 'face' of your paddle that is most important. Graphite, carbon-fibre or fibreglass. are the most common.


Graphite


In general, graphite paddles are known for their durability and their ability to absorb vibration, making them great for players who suffer from tennis elbow or other joint pain. The added weight of graphite paddles provides more stability and control on the court, making it easier to place shots with precision. So if you want to make precision shots and control your game, these are a great choice. Competitive players usually choose graphite paddles, and a good selection can be found at Pickleball World.

Fibreglass & Carbon Fibre


Carbon Fibre and fibreglass paddles are known for their lighter weight and responsiveness. These paddles are made by weaving together carbon fibers and then encapsulating them in a resin to create a strong and lightweight material. Because of their lighter weight, carbon fiber and fibreglass paddles are great for players who need to move quickly on the court and make fast swings. Additionally, the high stiffness of carbon fiber allows for more energy to be transferred from the paddle to the ball, resulting in a more powerful shot.

3. Pickleball Paddle Shapes and Sizes: Which is right for you?

Pickleball paddles come in a few shapes and sizes. However, according to pickleball rules, the length and width of the pickleball paddle (including the edge guard and cap on the handle) cannot exceed 24 inches. In general there are three types to consider: Standard, Wide-bodied, or Elongated.
Both standard and wide-bodied paddles achieve a great balance between reach, power, and control. Wide-bodied paddles offer more area for ball contact - a larger 'sweet spot', so are a good choice for beginners.
An elongated paddle has a thin body shape that is narrower than a standard paddle with a little less control, but provides more reach and power. As a result, many singles players prefer this shape.
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