Pickleball paddles generally range in weight from 6.8 oz (about the weight of a softball) to 14 oz (almost the weight of a can of green beans).
The advantage of a lighter paddle is that it is easier to maneuver (especially up at the net during quick volleys).
The disadvantage of a light paddle that is too light, is that you experience more of the impact/vibration in your arm & elbow because there is less mass to counter the ball. Of course, this is much less in Pickleball compared to tennis, for example, but it can make quite a difference.
The heavier your paddle, the more “oomph” it adds to your slams & hard shots, but the more strength it takes to control it on the softer shots.
If you are a current or former table tennis player, or you’re accustomed to using your wrist to execute many of your shots, you’ll probably prefer a light- to medium-weight paddle.
If you are a current or former tennis player, you may prefer a heavier paddle because you’re accustomed to the weight of your tennis racket in your hand.
A few weeks ago I was at a pickleball tournament as a proud spectator for my 11 year old son and his 11 year old partner competing in a men’s 3.25 doubles tournament. One gentlemen was holding this extremely awkward looking cutting board to play his last game with. The “Paddle” is supposed to be designed for “natural arm extension and creative shot making action.” The company is called Paddleboardz. They are USAPA approved…really? I tried it, and it is about the most awkward feeling device in your hands. I asked the gentlemen how or where he found it, and he told me he found it online under “Novelty picklleball items.” Do not think for a second that we at Pickleball International would even consider selling these “novelty’s.” But if you are looking for a real pickleball paddle that will elevate your game check out our newly designed webstore for Canada’s best selection of pickleball supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between composite and graphite paddles?
A: Composite paddles are slightly heavier than graphites. Usually we recommend composite paddles for harder shots and graphites for the finesse shots.
Q: What’s the difference between indoor and outdoor balls ?
A: Duraballs are usually used for outdoor play and are made of harder plastic for durability with smaller holes for better wind resistance. They come in yellow, orange, and white. Jugsballs are typically used indoors, because they are softer to prevent injury and bounce less for better play length.
Q: How are pickleball paddles tested as legal ?
A: At Pickleball International, we sell only paddles that have been tested by the USAPA for deflection(meaning how much trampoline effect is emitted from a paddle’s core). This is done to give no player an unfair advantage.
Q: Do you offer discounts if I order more than 1 paddle ?
A: 3-5 paddles – 5% discount, 6-10 paddles – 10% discount
Q: Do I need any special equipment besides a pickleball paddle ?
A: A separate pair of indoor court shoes is advisable and comfortable gym clothing (t-shirt, shorts, seats), and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Q: I’ve seen people wear a glove on their hand. Why ?
A: Somme players wear a leather golf glove or racquetball glove to provide maximum grab on your pickleball paddle when sweating.
Q: What is the difference between indoor and outdoor pickleballs ?
A: Indoor balls (usually Jugsballs) are softer, and have larger holes. The outdoor balls (dura) have smaller holes so as to not catch the wind, are harder which allows for a greater bounce on outdoor courts.
Q: Can we play pickle ball on outdoor tennis courts ?
A: Yes you can ….. With some alerations. The teni court lines are larger than a pickleball court so you would need to draw the lines in with chalk. The net is the same 36″ but nees to drop to 34″ in the center.
Q: I need a thicker grip on my pickleball paddle. how do I do this ?
A: You can purchase thicker grips as replacement grips or grips that go over your existing grip. You can get them from our website. Please contact us and we’ll set you up.
Q: Won’t buying a factory 2nd paddle mean it’s defective and will affect how I play ?
A: Factory 2nd paddles are brand new but have some minor flaws such as color bleed or scratches. These minor flaws in no way affect the performance of the paddle and can save you $$$$$.
Q: What are typical weights for pickleball paddles ?
A: Paddles typically weigh from 6 oz (light), up to 9 or even 10 oz. Most paddles average in the 7 to 8 oz range.
Q: Why would I want to have a light paddle ?
A: Lighter paddles are ideal for fast volleys at the net, smaller players for kids. The best thing to do is to experiment with different types, weights, shapes, sizes and construction materials to find what type of paddle works best for you. Each individual is different.
Q: Don’t the edge guards on pickleball paddles get in the way when you’re playing a game ?
A: 90% of pickleball paddles are sold with edge guards which protect the outer portion of the paddle. While they may occasionally deflect a ball, if you’re hitting the ball with the edge guard you need to work toward learning to find the sweet spot on the paddle and work at hitting that are for your shots.