Pickle Paddle Buying Guide , Understanding Pickleball Paddle characteristics

Pickle Paddle Buying Guide , Understanding Pickleball Paddle characteristics

Article; By arguably the most knowledgeable Pickle paddle expert in the US. Steve Dawson, owner Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle Club, Encinitas, California

Paddle Training Document

  1. Introduction to Paddles

Types of Paddles

Paddles are a crucial component of your performance in pickleball. Understanding the different types can help you make an informed choice.

Edge Guard vs. One-Piece Paddles

Shape of the Paddle

  • Long and Thin Paddles:
  • Short and Wide Paddles:
    • Control: These paddles provide a larger sweet spot closer to the handle, enhancing control.
    • Grip Length: They usually have shorter grips, suitable for one-handed play.



Paddle Core Thickness

  1. Paddle Face Materials

Carbon Face Paddles

Kevlar Face Paddles

Chemical Grit Paddles (e.g., Selkirk)

  • Aesthetics: Allows for vibrant graphics and colors.
  • Durability: Less durable than carbon or Kevlar, as the grit is applied through a chemical process.



  1. Specific Paddle Models

Nova Ronbus Paddle

Selkirk Paddles

Head Paddle

Joola Paddles

  • Specifications: Foam around the core, known for power.
  • Performance: Extreme power due to a trampoline effect, but with less control.


  1. Grip and Handle Considerations

Grip Thickness

  • Thick Grips:
    • Stability: Provides a more stable platform, reducing wrist movement.
  • Thin Grips:
    • Flexibility: Allows for more wrist action and flicks, enhancing maneuverability.



Grip Length

  1. Choosing the Right Paddle

Player Assessment

  • Power vs. Control: Determine whether you need more power (thin core) or control (thick core).
  • Grip Style: Decide based on your grip preference – long grips for two-handed backhands, thin grips for more wrist action.

Skill Level

  • Beginners: Opt for mid-range paddles ($100-$150) to develop skills without overspending.
  • Advanced Players: Consider investing in higher-end paddles that complement and enhance specific skills.
  1. Paddle Maintenance and Durability

Edge Guard Paddles

  • Maintenance: Check for wear and tear regularly to ensure longevity.
  • Durability: Generally lasts longer due to the protective edge guard.



One-Piece Paddles

  • Maintenance: Be cautious of scuffing and damage due to the lack of an edge guard.
  • Aesthetics: Regular cleaning to maintain the sleek appearance.


  1. Conclusion

Understanding the various aspects of pickleball paddles – from their structure, materials, and design to their impact on performance – is crucial for selecting the right paddle. Evaluate your playing style, skill level, and preferences to make an informed decision, enhancing your overall gameplay and enjoyment.


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