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A Beginners Guide to Pickleball in the UK

Pickleball, a sport that has taken the UK by storm, is a delightful combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Whether you've heard about it through a local pickle ball club or are just curious about this growing phenomenon, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know.

Pickleball Paddles and Balls on a Green and Red Pickleball Court

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport where players use a perforated ball, similar to a waffle ball, and paddles (racquets), which are slightly larger than those used in table tennis. Originating from the US, its popularity has surged in the UK.

Basics of Pickle Ball Equipment

  • Paddle: The pickleball paddle, often confused with a padel ball racquet, is unique. While there are many brands, the best pickle ball paddle for you depends on your playing style and comfort. Advice on chioosing the right paddle for you can be found here.

  • Ball: The ball used in pickleball is distinctive, with holes throughout its surface. Balls for indoor and outdoor play are different. It's essential to choose approved pickleball balls for official games.

  • Net: Similar to tennis but with specific height regulations.

Rules and Scoring

Pickleball rules are straightforward, making it easy for beginners to grasp. The game can be played in singles or doubles, with the primary objective being to serve the ball and volley it back and forth until one side fails to return.

Scoring in pickle ball is unique. Only the serving side can score points, and games are typically played up to 11, 15, or 21 points.

How to Play Pickleball: Tips for Beginners

  1. Master the Serve: Serving in pickleball is underhand, making it different from tennis and badminton. Ensure your paddle's face is below your wrist when you serve.

  2. Stay out of the 'Kitchen': The 'kitchen' or the non-volley zone is an area where players cannot volley the ball. It's crucial to be aware of this zone and strategize around it.

  3. Focus on Ball Placement: Instead of power, concentrate on placing the ball in challenging positions for your opponents.

Pickle Ball in the UK

With the rise of pickleball in the UK, numerous clubs and communities have emerged. Pickleball World supply paddles, balls, nets or complete start-up bundles for new clubs.


Pickleball is more than just a sport; it's a community. Whether you're a seasoned player or a beginner looking for a new hobby, pickleball offers something for everyone. With its growing popularity in the UK, now is the perfect time to dive in and discover the joys of this fantastic sport.


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