Whether you’re simply upgrading or totally new to the sport, picking the right pickle ball paddle is far from simple. Paddle technology is coming up with new materials and construction processes from time to time. But how does this impact your game?
As you shop for the perfect paddle, consider the following:
Your Ability Level
If you’re just starting out, you need a heavier paddle that can add to your swing’s power. But note that this will likely decrease your control over the ball, though you may not notice it yet at this stage. You might also end up with a strained elbow, particularly during your first few games.
It’s always good to try out some paddles first and look for the best fit, which include size issues. Whether you have little or a lot of experience, see how a paddle feels while you hold it. If you’re an old-timer, a lighter paddle will give you more control over the ball. Two other things that will affect your right choice of a paddle are whether you’re playing singles or doubles, and if you’re in a competition or not. Some players buy different paddles of similar styles and weights, save for slight variations that are intended for different conditions. If you have an injury that hasn’t fully healed, you can avoid further strain by playing with a lighter paddle.
How Frequently You Play
If you’re a leisure player, there’s no need to buy a high-performance paddle built for the special demands of competition. You should instead get a mid-range paddle that’s popular for decent performance. Or if you’re preparing to play in a league or join match-ups on a regular basis, find a more robust paddle that competes as much as you do. Even if you just want to play casually with your buddies, a higher performance paddle will always be better.
If you need to buy a surplus of paddles for recreational purposes – for example, if you plan to use them at a fitness facility or a camp – lower-priced paddles should be fair enough. If one breaks, you’ll have a lot in stock. Naturally, cheaper paddles won’t survive for long, so don’t expect them to last. Most starter sets and single paddles cost around $10 per paddle. If you want longer-lasting paddles, aim for the $30 to $60 price range.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can find paddles that cost a minimum of $150, but professional level players know there are paddles so much more expensive. In any case, buy according to what you need rather than obsessing about the cost.