Pickleball bags just like tennis and badminton bags are designed to hold all your equipment conveniently at a single place.
Ideally, a pickleball bag would be large enough to hold multiple paddles, pickleball balls and it should have compartments for other necessary items like a towel, water bottle, cell phone, wallet, notebook, etc.
Apart from that pickleball bags must be lightweight with suitable dimensions for paddles and made from a material which is weather resistant.
Shoulder strap design, net hook, zippered pockets, material strength, carrying capacity and side pockets are also important considerations before choosing your bag.
Popular Types Of Pickleball Bags
Based on aforementioned considerations, pickleball bags can be broadly classified into following types:
Paddle Cover Bags
The simplest of bags, paddle cover bags are ideal for players who need an affordable option to keep paddles safe. Typically used by gym goers who do not need to carry pickle balls with them.
Usage: Works perfectly for those who only carry paddles to court. A damaged paddle or edge guard can impact your accuracy, shot power and spin. Cover bags can hold a maximum of two paddles at a time.
Pickleball Sling Bags
Definitely, the most popular, sling bags are preferred for their light weight and single strap convenient design. A sling bag can easily hold more than two paddles and multiple pickle balls at a time.
Front zippered pocket can be added to hold additional accessories.
Usage: A sling bag is suitable to hold equipment for a casual pickleball player.
Pickleball Duffle Bags
Resembling a badminton bag, duffle bags are sought by players because of extra spacious design.
More than four paddles, a dozen pickle balls, towels and a water bottle can be easily adjusted in a single compartment. With side pockets, you get even more options.
Usage: Because of its size a single duffle bag can easily hold equipment for two player team.
Less popular but more versatile backpacks allow for greatest space. You can easily carry your partner’s equipment as well.
Multiple pockets on the inside and outside provide storage for pen holders, car keys and literally everything.
Usage: Backpacks are suitable for professional tournament players.
Additional Important Considerations For Bags
Bag must be made of highly durable material like neoprene or rip-resistant sail fabric. It should also be waterproof with an internal lining for additional protection.
It should easily hold edgeless and edge protected paddles along with handle if possible.
Large pickleball bags should have side compartments and zippered pockets that are easily accessible. A pouch for water bottle is also a must.
V And A PickleBall Paddle Cover Bag
Combining convenience, durability, and water-resistance, V&A cover bag is ideal for those who prefer to use dual paddles.
This cover bag’s biggest advantage is its ability to snugly fit two edgeless or edged paddles regardless of their size.
Protective cushioned insulated inline ensures water-resistance. Sleek design with black color, single blue shoulder strap, and single zipper allows for easy carrying of paddles.
The protective covering is also suitable for the rainy weather, ensuring that your expensive paddles remain protected at all time.
Dimensions: Easily fits paddles of all sizes, 5.6-ounces weight Material: Waterproof, cushioned insulated inline Color: Black with blue shoulder strap Durability: High durable and water-resistant material Usage: Suitable for gym goers who prefer dual paddles Paddles Capacity: It can easily fit two paddles of all sizes.
Spacious is the word of the day for pickleball players and Game On Duffle bag delivers just that and much more.
It is distinctive as it contains a huge inner compartment easily able to fit multiple paddles and a dozen balls. You can easily squeeze towels and shoes as well.
An outside slip pocket will help you carry a medium-sized water bottle wherever you go. It is suitable for all heights because of its adjustable shoulder strap.
Dimensions: 18-inch Length, 10.5-inch Height, 9-inch Width Material: Embroidered fabric with Game On Logo, metal backed shoulder strap for durability Color: Lime Green, Red, Royal Blue Durability: Extremely durable shoulder strap Usage: Perfect for gym goers and casual Pickleball players Paddles Capacity: This duffle bag is able to fit 2 to 4 paddles.
Ability to carry hold half dozen balls and paddles with additional storage for wallet, keychains, cell phone, 20-oz water bottle, towels and shoes;
Pickleball X Elite Performance bag is a one-stop solution for your equipment. With a shoulder strap and a fence hook, moving the bag around is really easy.
Felt lined mobile pocket and protective padding all around the bag ensures paddle and electronics safety. It is an official bag for US Open Championships.
Dimensions: 15-inch by 19-inch, 15.2-ounces Weight Material: Felt lined mobile pocket, padded covering with two lumber pads Color: Black with yellow zip lines Durability: Great durability with padded covering Usage: Great bag for official tournaments Paddles Capacity: It is able to fit 6 paddles and 6 balls at the same time.
WolfeSports is leading sports equipment company and their pickleball bags live up to their name.
With multiple internal pockets, cell phone pocket, and external side pouch, this bag can easily hold two paddles, pickle balls, towels, snacks, and other equipment.
The unique feature is its earphone access feature which will allow you to listen to your favorite songs while on the move. Thick padding will protect internal contents from damage.
Dimensions: 20-inch Height, 12-inch Width, 6-inch D, 13.6-ounce weight Material: Thick canvas material Color: Black Durability: Thick padding with padded shoulder strap Usage: Another superb bag for a single person, not suitable for tournament use Paddles Capacity: Two paddles can easily fit inside the bag
From Franklin Sports, it is one of the US Open tournament approved Pickleball bags with the capacity to hold a single paddle.
Lightweight casing, high-quality stitching, stylish black look and a net hook makes this cover bag truly stand out. Coming at an affordable price, the fabric is heavily padded to protect your paddle.
Dimensions: 5.6-ounce weight Material: Padded fabric Color: Black Durability: Thick padding and high-quality stitching provide superb durability Usage: Suitable for any game Paddles Capacity: It is able to hold a single paddle at most.
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Surprisingly enough, there aren’t any official Pickleball shoes or sneakers yet. This means that for now, players must make do with what is available.
Since there are so many athletic shoes out there, it is difficult to know which shoes you should choose.
Will your normal sneakers work? What should you be looking for? What type of shoes should you get? Which features are the most important?
These are all very important questions that we will be answering. We will also review 10 of the best shoes for Pickleball players. So, relax and let’s help you find your ideal Pickleball shoes.
Can You Use Any Shoe?
No, you cannot use your running shoes for playing Pickleball. Running shoes are designed specifically for the forward motion only. You need court shoes, which are designed for the forward-back and side-to-side motions.
Court shoes also provide the necessary grip on the court so that your feet have proper support during those fast-paced games. Court shoes also provide cushioning for your knees and back during the game, which is more important than you realize.
Many people don’t like court shoes because they feel “heavy”, and this can be an issue with some court shoes. That is why we’ll be showing you what to look for.
How to Choose the Right Shoe:
Why don’t we break the shoe down by component to show you what you should look for?
You should be looking out for the upper should be made from leather, synthetic leather or combination of these tow with a fabric or mesh. Lately, fewer court shoes are being made with leather, since synthetic leather can offer as much stability, if not more, without breaking down. Leather eventually softens over time which means that there will be a loss in stability. Synthetic leather is also much cheaper.
You need to keep an eye out for stability. This part of the shoe should provide the utmost stability, or else you could seriously injure yourself. Most court shoes provide a structural element on the sides of the upper that provides added support once it is on. When you are trying on court shoes, see how locked-in the shoe feels when you move from side-to-side.
This is based on your foot and personal preference. When looking at the midsole, you need to look at the height of the arch, the width of the mid portion of the shoe etc. The best way to find out which one is best is by trying them on. Arch is usually a good thing since it will support the shape of your foot, but that is up to you.
When looking at outsoles, it would be a good idea to make sure if their non-marking shoes. This means that your shoes won’t leave skid marks on the courts. Thankfully, Pickleball courts don’t take such a big toll on your outsoles and so durability shouldn’t be a big problem.
You do need to look at the durability of the insole, however. If your back and knees start aching, then it is time to find new shoes.
Tennis Shoes or Indoor Court Shoes?
As you might have guessed from the name, indoor court shoes are made for playing indoors, while tennis shoes are made for playing outdoors. Since Pickleball is played both in and outdoors, it is up to you to determine which kind you need.
Tennis shoes tend to be more durable, but indoor court shoes tend to be lighter. Neither should affect your game too much, so it is your choice as to which shoes you want to use.
Shoe Reviews for Pickleball:
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t buy a shoe until you have tried it on for yourself. So, try to find these brands in normal retailers where you can try them on before ordering them online.
1. Asics Women’s Gel Solution Speed 2 Clay Tennis Shoes
This shoe is made from synthetic materials and features a rubber sole. The shaft measures approximately 2.5’’ from the arch. It is a tennis shoe with mesh upper featuring Solyte midsole, rearfoot and forefoot, as well as gel cushioning systems for enhanced comfort. It has a memory foam-lined collar and heel.
Great arch support and stability
Minimal lateral support
Sizes are a bit bigger than usual
These shoes were designed for clay courts, and they do well. The shoes come in a range of attractive colors for you to choose from. The grip is great, but the shoes sizes might be a little off. So, try them on before buying them.
2. Adidas Performance Men’s Barricade Club Tennis Shoes
The upper is made from textile components that have been imported from various parts of the world. The shoe has a rubber sole to provide a firm grip on most courts. The shaft measures approximately low-top from the arch, and the shoe features a removable insole.
The shoes are lightweight, so you can walk onto the court and be ready to put your best foot forward. Aggressive players will appreciate the supportive TORSION system that supports your foot with every lunge. The shoes also feature ADIPRENE under the heel for enhanced cushioning.
Not enough toe protection
Takes a while to break them in
These shoes have incredible grip and helps to prevent you from rolling your ankle. It could do with a little more toe protection, but otherwise seems like a good shoe.
3. Adidas Performance Women’s Barricade Classic Bounce W Training Footwear
Textile/synthetic construction, with a rubber sole. The shaft measures approximately Low-Top’’ from the arch. It is incredibly lightweight so that you can move more easily on the court. BOUNCE technology provides the energized comfort you’ll need on court all day. The upper shoe has been properly ventilated with synthetic overlays.
Features ADITUFF technology for the best abrasion resistance in the toe area. The AIWEAR 6 outsole offers the best high-wear durability.
Heavier and larger than normal sizes
Heel not narrow enough
These are great shoes, but the design might be a little different from what you’d expect. It does also have a lot of incredible features that make them a worthy consideration.
Synthetic and mesh construction with a rubber sole. The PRC 100 outsole provides amazing durability, and the wishbone shank design provides increased mid-foot stability. This shoe is an improvement from the T10 design and is an aggressive evolution from its predecessor. It offers improved ventilation while still providing excellent durability and support.
Tends to pull down socks
This shoe seems to be very popular among users and manages to get great reviews. They are comfortable and durable, but they do tend to be on the heavy side.
This shoe features a rigid 180 PCS mid-foot support, with a plush tongue and color for your comfort. It has breathable fabric lining for an amazing in-shoe experience. The molded EVA insole offers underfoot cushioning and a non-slip heel lining. The midsole also provides extra shock absorption, as well as added comfort. The durable rubber outsoles also deliver the maximum durability and traction.
Incredible technology for extra comfort and support
Great mesh on toe area
Fabric can be scratchy
Ankle area is too wide
This shoe focuses on comfort and hits a bit of a miss due to the inside fabric being a bit scratchy and uncomfortable. Other than that, it has great support and breathability.
The synthetic/mesh construction means that this shoe is incredibly light and durable. It has a rubber sole for great traction, as well as a durable Aosta 7.0 rubber outsole. The rigid 180 PCS mid-foot support chassis provides incredible support and shock absorption.
It also features a dual intensity Guideglide EVA midsole for extra support and shock absorption. Your toes will be protected with a Durawrap toe guard, and a K-EVA strobel board for enhanced cushioning.
Sizes don’t fit quite right
Might have to replace inserts
These shoes provide incredible traction while remaining comfortable enough to buy. You might have to replace the inserts with something that offers more support, but other than that it makes for a fantastic fit.
The shaft on this shoe measures approximately 2.75’’ from the arch. The rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems acts as shock absorption during impact and toe-off phases, it also allows movement in multiple planes as the foot moves through the gait cycle. The shoe also features PGuard toe protection with enhanced to durability.
The Flexion fit upper provides form fitting comfort without losing any support. The Solyte midsole compound is more lightweight than former designs and features enhanced cushioning and durability.
Fit is a bit small
Not very comfortable
The shoe offers great protection from moisture when you step in puddles, but aren’t very comfortable to stand in for long periods of time. The fit can be a bit small, but other than that the design is remarkable.
This shoe is made from leather for a more durable construction, it has a rubber sole and the shaft measures approximately 2’’ from the arch. The heel measures about 1.75”. The lace-up training shoe features supportive internal shank and shock-absorbing technology. It also features an IMEVA midsole.
The sizes are a bit off
Don’t feel very stable
This is an excellent pair of shoes that are very comfortable. Unfortunately, the design seems to have caused the shoes to be a bit smaller than usual.
Although there are no official Pickleball shoes yet, there are many other shoes that will work just as well for what we need them for. Remember that quality beats attractive design, and you’ll be just fine.
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People often underestimate just how addictive Pickleball is. In their minds, they figure that it is the same as any other racket sport.
Until they start playing. Then suddenly the Pickleball bug has bitten them and they can’t stop.
But that enthusiasm can quickly turn into disappointment when you aren’t able to play as much as you want to.
You may travel a lot, or you don’t have courts near your home. Or you don’t have a court at home, which means that you can’t spend as much time playing as you want or need.
Thankfully, there is a solution. You need a portable net. That way, you can play at home, on holiday or wherever else you want to.
You will notice an increase in your skill and passion, the more you play, the more you want to play. Let’s look at everything you’ll need in a portable net.
Why Do You Need a Portable Pickleball Net?
There are a lot of benefits to having your very own net at home, but we’re just going to name a few.
1. It doesn’t take up much space
To become better at any endeavor in life, you need to practice. Practice makes perfect. But with Pickleball, to practice you need a net.
Chances are that your local sports club doesn’t have a Pickleball court yet, and if it does, it can be a pain to have to drive there all the time.
But if you buy a portable net, you can set it up in your backyard for your practice session, and take it down when you’re done.
You can then tuck it into a corner until you need it again.
2. Your skills will improve
As mentioned above, practice will greatly improve your skills. You will go from beginner to master much more quickly if you can fit practice into your own schedule.
Along with these newly acquired skills, your confidence will be boosted. You will be able to play in tournaments and competitions in no time at all!
3.You’ll get fit
We’re all guilty of not getting as much exercise as we should. But we all live such busy lives. It can be hard to set aside the time to go for a jog or to the gym when you have so many responsibilities.
But when you have a net, you’re going to get double the value out of it. You will get in a workout while you practice your technique.
4. It’s great for bonding with your family
Pickleball started out as and still is a family sport. That is why we recommend that you get your family and friends involved. It will be a fun social experience, and you’ll get your loved ones hooked as well.
Before you know it, you’ll have an abundance of partners and you’ll get much closer to them too.
5. You can take the portable new on holiday
Holidays are great, but unless you’re some millionaire spending thousands at a resort, your kids are going to get bored.
So, pack in the net, and play with them. Or let them play. It doesn’t matter, because you can get a lot of entertainment from one net, a few paddles and a ball.
How to Choose a Portable Pickleball Net:
Have we sold you on the idea of a portable net? Great! But now you need to know what to look out for before you spend your hard-earned cash.
If you intend to assemble and disassemble your net regularly, you need to think about the portability. Is it easy to set up and take down?
Some portable nets can be set up and taken down much more easily than others. But this aspect also means that it might break a little more easily than other nets.
While some nets are built to be a bit sturdier, they can be a pain to set up and take down.
This part will be up to you and you can let your personal preference decide.
If you think that all portable nets are the same, you are sadly mistaken. Some are made from aluminum, or plastic, or steel.
Some of them are bare metal while others are powder coated.
Obviously, the price you’re willing to pay will also factor in which type of net you choose to buy since some of the frames are more expensive than others.
If you plan on leaving your net outside a lot, you will need to look at getting a net with a durable frame, otherwise you’ll be buying a new net every season.
What About Wind?
Another factor to consider is the wind. Do you live in a windy area? If so, you will need to choose a net with a heavy stand to keep it from being blown about while you play.
The best choices would be metal, or plastic that can be filled with sand or plastic. This will keep it stable and avoid unnecessary frustration on your part.
Will You Only be Playing Pickleball?
Some nets can be adjusted to a desired width or length. This means that you can choose a net that can be used for other sports too. You will also need to look at adjustable nets if more people will be playing.
If only adults will be playing then a standard net should do the trick, but if younger children will be playing then you should look at an adjustable net.
Do You Want to Compete?
If you want to compete, then you are probably aware of USAPA regulations. Since you will be using your net to practice your skills, it will be useful to buy a net that meets these regulations. This will help you get used to their nets.
If you use a different net, then you will be used to something completely different and might be caught off-guard when it is time to compete. And you don’t want that to happen.
Pickleball Net Reviews
We are now ready to look for your ideal portable net. To help you make the right decision, we have reviewed 5 of the best portable nets on the market.
3.0 Portable Pickleball Net System
The 3.0 net sets up and breaks down easily, letting you turn any hard surface into a Pickleball court. Newly designed by Pickleball Inc. this net has been manufactured by the original Pickleball company.
Pickleball Inc. has been at this for over ten years now, and so they have become a reliable source on the market. This net is a revision on one of their previous nets and focuses on being more lightweight.
The net features a convenient buckle system that allows you to adjust the net with ease. This eliminates the need for Velcro and makes set up a breeze.
A wider and sturdier center foot support makes this a good net for windy conditions, since it is harder to knock down.
It also allows you to raise the net above the ground to protect it from damage and allows the Pickleballs to be rolled across the court.
The rod manages to maintain the proper height always to prevent any embarrassment.
The bright green powder-coated frame means that it is durable and will be able to hold up in any conditions, the bright color is also impossible to miss.
The tubes are hollow so the net is lightweight and easy to carry. The net also comes with a carry bag to increase portability.
All the pieces fit together so you don’t need any tools to set it up.
I fact, set up is so simple that Pickleball Inc. claims you can do it in less than 8 minutes. It is so easy; your kids will be able to do it!
Easy set up
Velcro straps for paddles and balls
Powder coating scratches off
Tends to rust easily
The net gets good reviews from users, but it does depend on your needs. It sets up quickly, but it might not be a good idea to leave it outside for too long as some people have discovered that it rusts easily.
It is also very light, so you’ll need something to weight it down. On the bright side, it does meet standards and it does seem to have all the advertised features.
This net was built to be sturdy and last for years. Another net from a reputable company, this set shouldn’t let you down.
To make the net sturdier, the oval shaped posts have been powder coated to protect them from the harsh elements.
The net is regulation height and length, so you can use it with a view to compete someday when you’re ready.
It only weighs 32 pounds, so it can be transported with ease in the accompanying heavy-duty nylon carry bag.
The top of the net features a convenient Velcro-tensioning system to remove slack.
This is incredibly useful for when you must deal with windy weather conditions. Keep in mind that it is just a portable net so it will not be able to withstand heavy winds, but does well against breezes. The net is made from black nylon with a vinyl headband.
The center support rod is made from fiberglass, and holds up quite nicely against factors such as age and weather. The net is like the USAPA net and only differs in color and branding.
The real differences between the two nets will ultimately be personal preference. It depends on which brand you prefer and the advantages that each net offers.
Holds up against frequent assembly and disassembly
Can adjust the tautness
Net tangles easily
Support bar tends to fall frequently
Can be difficult to separate certain pieces
This net is sturdier than most, but will not be able to stand against wind conditions. Breezes aren’t a problem, but you will not be able to play in the wind. It isn’t as easy to set up as the previous net, but is by no means difficult.
The problem is that some of the pieces are difficult to separate, so this might be a slight problem when you want to disassemble the net.
The great news is that the net meets regulations, so you can use it when you play competitively. Although it isn’t as good as a fixed net, it is a good alternative. The fact that it has a Velcro-tensioning system is a major draw.
Most users like the product, but it is wise to remember that since it is a portable net, it cannot be left outside for extended periods of time as if it were a fixed net. This will damage your net.
Onix is a company made from true Pickleball fanatics. When they first opened their doors back in 2005, they vowed to provide the best Pickleball gear on the market.
They have done well for themselves so far, and their gear is always high-quality and well-priced.
To ensure that they stay on the forefront of Pickleball innovation, they partner up with the best Pickleball players and design their products accordingly.
By partnering with the players, they can rely on the best expertise when it comes to their product design. Their newest net is an example of such innovation.
USAPA regulation-size (34″ H x 22′ W) portable pickleball net
Quick and easy assembly with inter-locking steel tubes
Sturdy construction with wide steel base and quality net materials
Perfect net tension and height with adjustable straps and center post
Travel bag has wheels
Great customer service
Net tears easily
Binding and net separate easily
Doesn’t come with perimeter markers
The biggest challenge that this net has is that it is still relatively new on the market so many people don’t know whether they can trust it. This seems to be a sad fact because those who have bought it have experienced good results.
There aren’t many reviews, but it seems to do everything as advertised. It is a sturdy net that has been constructed out of quality materials.
There have been some complaints about the net tearing and the net and binding separating easily. This doesn’t seem to be a common issue however, and the company always responds to these complaints.
Pickleball Central Rally Portable Pickleball Net System
This company was started when a Pickleball fanatic couldn’t find any quality Pickleball gear on the internet. This started a journey that has spanned over 10 years.
The co-founders recognized a need in the Pickleball community for quality apparel that could be easily found.
As most of us remember, it wasn’t always so easy to find the right gear to suit our needs. Now, thanks in large part to PickleballCentral, we can find what we need at the click of a button.
This net was designed with a view to make playing Pickleball a little easier. The net consists of various convenient features that make the game easier in ways that are clever, but not obvious.
For example, the net includes a free ball holder, that can hold up to 8 Pickleballs on the side of the net.
Now, you can play with your friends without having to constantly chase after stray balls, which is a nice touch for beginner players.
The sleek black frame has been powder coated to create a more durable net suited to all your needs. The nylon net also has a Velcro strap on the top to adjust the tension of the net so that it is never too loose or too taut.
The oval design of the posts also makes the frame stronger.
A raised cross bar also ensures a high clearance so that balls can easily be rolled underneath the net. The net also comes with a durable storage net that makes it easy to transport.
The net is also easy to set up and can be assembled within 5 minutes. It also meets USAPA regulations so that you can prepare for competitive games.
Powder coated posts
Can be set up in 5 minutes
Convenient ball holder
Heavier than expected
Doesn’t handle wind well
Shouldn’t be left outside for extended periods
This net is a pleasant surprise. It is hard to find anyone who has something bad to say about the net, and it is a clear favorite on the market. Along with the friendly customer service and convenient features, this net is one of the classics.
It does suffer from all the usual limitations that portable nets face, so don’t expect too much from the net. But when compared to other nets, it does quite well.
It can be a bit on the heavy side, but it does come with a portable bag that makes it easy to carry.
The assembly is incredibly easy, although the first time will take longer than 5 minutes as you get used to the system. Other than that, it seems like a good net that shouldn’t let you down.
What better way to ensure your net is approved by USAPA regulations than to buy one from the USAPA?
The USAPA has been setting the standard for Pickleball players for a long time, and is partly the reason why Pickleball is gaining popularity instead of just a forgotten game that is slowly dying out.
This is an excellent net for someone who wants to start getting serious about Pickleball. The net meets all regulations, and is like the nets used in official competitions.
The only difference is the color, logos and the fact that it is a portable net.
The steel frame is made from oval-shaped steel tubes and has amazing durability and strength. The powder-coated frame protects the system from the elements so that you can continue using it for a long time.
It comes with a sleek black nylon net that was designed to meet the official USAPA regulations.
The bottom of the net has elastic to prevent sagging, and it comes with a portable carrying bag with convenient dividers which makes packing up and setting up more convenient.
It also features the patented snap together system which makes set-up a breeze.
The frame has been upgraded from previous nets and comes with an enhanced center support rod and adjustable tension straps on the net.
Easy to set up
Meets all USAPA regulations
Elastic at the bottom of the net prevents sagging
Can take a little while to set up
Doesn’t hold up to harsh weather
This is a wonderfully made net and is a great choice for if you want to start playing competitively. It checks all the boxes and is made by the USAPA which means that it meets all the requirements.
It is also very like the competition nets, so that means that you will get a great level of experience.
It doesn’t set up quite as quickly as the other nets, but it isn’t very difficult. All in all, it seems like a good portable net.
There are a lot of pickleball nets out there, more than we have time to review, so if you didn’t find your ideal net on this list, you can take your time and look around.
Just remember to look out for portability, durability, and the assembly time. And don’t forget that Pickleball is all about having fun!
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Sets are a great idea if you want to break into the world of Pickleball.
Most sets are only for beginners, and the equipment would not be useful if you wanted to play competitively.
They should be reasonably priced and always make sure that the net is durable enough to withstand the weather.
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If you are an amateur at pickleball it can become a downright headache to choose the right balls for your needs.
Best Pickleball balls are categorized on the basis of color, material, play type, surface, average bounce height, durability, USAPA approval and many other factors; which can be quite confusing
Our buying guide aims to streamline your pickleball buying process by discussing key specs for top balls.
As a bonus, you can also check out our top 5 best pickleball balls reviews at the end of the guide.
Pickleball Buying Guide:
Key Factors For Perfect Pickleball Selection
Play Type: Indoor vs Outdoor: Despite all the confusing terminologies, pickleballs are either indoor or outdoor. Advantages of indoor pickleballs include lightweight, soft plastic, no cracking at seams, longer rallies, less hurtful impacts, bigger air holes, and easier control.
Outdoor balls are made of hard plastics, hit harder, crack at seams by wear and tear, have smaller air holes, harder to control and more suitable for outside courts.
Material: All best pickleball balls are made from thermoset plastics like acrylic, melamine, epoxies, etc. Thermoset plastics are molded into product shape while heating and then subsequently cooled down.
Pickleballs can be made from either virgin thermostat pellets or aged pellets. Virgin plastic is of much higher grade and provides greater wear and durability. Higher grade plastics are suitable for outdoor pickleballs.
Manufacturing: Pickleballs are manufactured through either rotational molding or injection molding.
Indoor balls are modeled through rotational modeling and this gives them one complete shape. Outdoor balls are usually made through injection modeling in which two separate halves are glued together at seams.
This is the major reason why indoor balls can become softer and lose shape with continuous play. Outdoor balls are much durable and usually crack at the joined seams in the case of damage.
Color: Pickleballs are available in almost every color; generally, most popular color choices for outdoor balls are yellow, orange and white. Indoor balls can be white, lime green, multi-colored or midnight dyed.
Be sure to check with your local gym and courts to learn about allowed color choices.
Weight and Diameter: Weight and diameter are important factors when choosing a pickleball.
If you are choosing an indoor pickleball it will usually weight around 0.81 oz with a 2.8” diameter. Outdoor balls will weigh a bit more around 0.9 oz with a 2.9” diameter.
Brands: As popularity grows, a lot of brands are claiming to provide best pickleball balls at cheaper costs.
However, you should stick to well-renowned brands only. Dura, Top and Onix are the most popular outdoor ball brands while for indoor purposes you should go for Jugs Sports.
Best Pickleball Balls Reviews:
Onix Pure 2 Outdoor Pickleball Review:
Designed specifically for outdoor courts, Onix Pure 2 ball is manufactured using a higher grade and more durable plastic.
Highly favored among outdoor players it gives you total flight, maximum bounce, excellent control and durability in a single package.
Pure 2 Pickleball is different from other outdoor balls as it employs precision drilling for equally sized holes.
Perfectly aligned holes combined with heavier plastic gives Pure 2 needed flight for extreme wind resistance and weather conditions.
Another advantage of this ball is its heat-welded seam which ensures ball will not crack during games.
Onix Pure 2 bounces a lot more than other outdoor balls.
Dimensions: 2.875 inches diameter and 25 grams weight Material: Heavier grade injection molded plastic Color: Orange Colored Durability: Heat-welded seam for super durability and crack resistance Usage: Outdoor courts, performs admirably under extreme conditions
Pure 2 is approved and recommended by USAPA. You would be hard-pressed to find a better pickleball equivalent for tournament matches
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We all want to be the best at whatever we do. Nobody goes into something with the view of being a runner up. Being a winner takes more than talent; it takes hard work, endurance and determination.
It also means that you have to be the best, and one of the ways that you can be the best is by having the best gear.
Your gear needs to be high quality and durable, but most of all it needs to take care of your unique set of needs. What do you need, and how does your equipment take care of that need?
This is true of any sport, and pickleball is no exception. Your paddle is going to be the piece of equipment that you use the most, since it will be in your hand most of the time. You’re going to need a paddle that feels as though it was made for you.
It can be difficult to find a paddle like this, but not impossible. We have come up with a comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you on your way.
In this guide, you will find out how to pick out a quality paddle, and we also provide detailed reviews on five of the best pickleball paddles on the market. So, let’s begin.
Factors to Consider When Picking the Best Pickleball Paddle:
The type of paddle you buy will be based on a number of factors, based either on the paddle or on you as a player. Before you buy a paddle, you will need to figure out exactly what you want.
Do you want something heavy that delivers more of a punch, or lightweight and offers support?
Does the sound the paddle make when hitting the ball make a difference to you?
These are just a few of the questions you’re going to have to ask before you go out looking for a paddle.
If you’ve asked these questions, we can now move on to the actual paddles.
Most paddles weigh between 6.8 ounces to about 14 ounces. A lighter paddle is easier to maneuver, but you will experience more of a vibration in your arm and elbow because there isn’t much mass between you and the ball.
A heavy paddle enables you to deliver more powerful whacks, but a heavier paddle is much harder to control, and you will have to be very careful on softer shots.
How to decide? If you are a former tennis player, you might be more accustomed to the heavier weight in your hands, but if you are a beginner, try a medium weight paddle until you get the hang of the game.
Some paddles opt to have a shorter handle for a longer width and breadth, but there are some paddles that are thinner and make for a longer paddle.
This gives it a nice whipping motion, but requires you to be more accurate when making a shot.
The advantages of a long paddle are that you have more reach to volley and you get a little extra speed, but on the downside, it can be harder to maneuver and it feels a little heavier.
These factors mean that it might not be worth your time to learn how to manage a longer paddle.
Power vs Control:
Graphite and fiber-glass faced paddles will give you a little more power on your moves, but it will also mean less control over the ball.
If you’re working on a dinking strategy then you should go for control over power, but if you want a more forceful swing, the you should aim for power.
Try and go for a yellow paddle. These paddles haven’t been banned, but they make it harder for your opponent to see the ball as it leaves your paddle, which can work in your advantage in the long run.
If you don’t want to use the color advantage, the just choose the color that brings out your inner pickleball champion.
A grip that is too big for you will feel uncomfortable and might slip while you’re playing; needless to say- you don’t want that to happen.
A smaller handle allows for more wrist action which gives you better control and spin. But a larger handle can give you more stability.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to grip size is:
Under 5’3” means a 4” grip
Between 5’3’’ and 5’8’’ means a 4 ¼’’ grip
5’9’’+ means a 4 ½” grip
It would be advisable to try out a large variety of paddles before you make a decision since each of us is unique, and what might work for one person will not work for another person.
Test the paddles out with your normal grip, and if it feels comfortable then you have a good paddle.
You can test your grip in any number of ways, and if the height test doesn’t work for you, then you can use one of the many other tests available to you.
You can try the ring finger test. All you have to do is hold up the palm of your dominant hand. Your hand will have three major creases; now take a ruler and measure from the middle crease to the top of your ring finger.
The resulting measurement will be your grip size. If you are confused between two sizes, then you should choose the smaller one. You could also try a printable grip sizer chart.
How to Check the Fit of Your Pickleball Paddle:
Wondering why you should choose a smaller paddle when caught between paddles? Or trying to determine whether your paddle fits? Try this.
Hold the paddle normally, not too tightly or loosely, and see if you can slide your index finger of your other hand between your finger tips and the heel of your hand that is gripping the paddle. If your finger fits perfectly without moving the two, then the grip size is perfect.
If you have to move your fingers to accommodate your index finger, then the grip is too small, but if there’s more than enough space, then the grip is too large.
Pickleball paddles are usually made from either wood, graphite or composite. Each of these three materials have their advantages and some disadvantages.
In the end, you’re going to have to choose the one which gives you, as the player, the most benefits.
Wooden paddles are inexpensive, usually not costing more than $36. This is a great paddle to buy for beginners who aren’t sure if they want to invest in more expensive equipment.
On the other hand, wooden paddles are very heavy and may affect the way you play the game, leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
Composite paddles are known for being a happy medium, since they aren’t all that expensive and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The nice part of having this variety is that you can find amazing paddles without having to pay an exorbitant price.
Graphite paddles are the most expensive types of paddles, but they provide the best of two worlds by being lightweight but packing a powerful punch. This is a good idea for players who participate in tournaments and want the very best paddles on the market.
Arthritis or Injury?
If you suffer from arthritis or an injury, you should go for a medium weight paddle between 7.3 and 8.4 ounces.
This will be heavy enough to absorb the shock produced from the paddle hitting the ball, and won’t tire out your arms too easily.
Don’t go too heavy since this will tire you out more quickly and will inflame your arthritis and injury. This will eliminate wooden paddles.
On the other side of the spectrum, don’t go too light since this will require you to put more effort into your swings to give it some power, which will also tire you out fairly quickly.
Pickleball Paddle Reviews:
When you know what you’re looking for, it is easier to find it- so now that you know what to look for in a paddle, it is time to make a decision. Here are the reviews of the best paddles on the market.
Paddletek Bantam EX-L Pickleball Paddle:
Paddletek was founded after a pickleball hobby became a passion; a husband and father of two began developing his own brand of pickleball paddles.
This came after he grew fed up of spending a whole lot of money on pickleball paddles that broke too easily.
It was his aim to provide a line of durable and effective paddles to other passionate pickleball players.
The company was founded in 2011, by Cody Smith, who badgered his brother into joining as a business partner six months later.
The pair haven’t looked back since and have watched their hobby turn into something much larger.
As the world of pickleball expands, so does their brand and they are having the time of their lives watching their favorite pastime take off.
The paddle sports an extra-large playing surface with balanced weight distribution to help you give a more powerful shot while controlling the ball with ease. The lightweight paddle weighs only about 7.7 ounces, which is the ‘sweet spot’ for many experienced players.
The core consists of a specialized polymer for more power and greater placement control. The fiber glass face is decorated with a vinyl cover decal and the grip circumference is 4.25 inches. It also has a width of 7.75 inches and a length of 15.5 inches.
This is a great paddle because it doesn’t over reach and is a lightweight paddle that still packs a powerful punch when playing the game.
Sometimes, the best way to know whether a product is good or not, is by reading customer reviews. These are the people who have already bought and tried the product.
The customers who left reviews on this product are mostly very happy and decided to leave glowing 5 star reviews. This bodes well for those of you who haven’t made a decision yet.
It seems that the paddle does all that is advertised, and the only complaint is that the paddle is a little slick which makes ball control a little harder, and that it is a little expensive, but isn’t quality worth it?
Many customers praise the comfortable grip and powerful punch that this paddle brings to the table. It has a nice, large grip for stability and the wide face is great for ball control. This is a favorite among many tournament players since it is so easy to get used to.
This paddle comes to us from a family owned pickleball-oriented business called Pickleball Central.
This is a family owned business that was founded by pickleball enthusiasts. The family attended many pickleball games, events and tournaments- participated as well, and saw a need in the market for inexpensive, durable and versatile equipment, and set out to fill that gap.
They specialize in super-fast shipping, making it easy for players around the world to get their pickleball equipment without any hassle at all.
Their golden rule is to always treat others how you want to be treated, even online. This positive attitude is appreciated by many of their customers, and they are even more appreciated when their paddles are used!
State-of-the-art materials are used to deliver this versatile product which meets all USAPA regulations. The Nomex honeycomb core creates the perfect paddle for those who use volleys, dinks and slams in their winning strategies.
A unique grip design prevents frustrating mishits by keeping your palms dry and sweat free!
The innovative design allows you to use the paddle both indoors and outdoors, reducing the need for a second paddle.
The unique design allows for a larger “sweet spot” and a paddle that is strong, lightweight and will stand the test of time. This paddle will be your most reliable pickleball partner!
Champion Pickleball Paddle has been around for almost as long as the game itself, and has had some of the best paddles on the market for almost two decades now.
Back when pickleball was still a backyard sport, it began gaining popularity at an amazing rate.
The problem was that people were forced to improvise when it came to equipment, and the game could not be fully enjoyed.
This is where Champion Pickleball came in. The company was founded to provide players with optimum equipment to enjoy the game to the fullest.
Today, we can see the stunning growth of pickleball for ourselves, and what an amazing sport it has become.
People can now buy quality equipment and take part in large scale tournaments, but many still choose to buy their products from the original provider, which is a testament to the brand’s excellent products.
This paddle has been on the market for nearly two decades, and has managed to stand the test of time- it is a classic.
A paddle designed for champions, it is suitable for players at all levels in their pickleball journey, from beginners to experts; this is the paddle for everyone.
One of the original Nomex honeycomb core designs, the paddle provides excellent ball control along with a superb feel. With an extra-large face to prevent mishits and two detachable grips for personal preference, this paddle has earned its spot as a classic paddle.
As predicted, a paddle that has been on the market for this long has gained a loyal following of customers. But that isn’t all that this paddle has going for it; it has such a timeless design that it has managed to translate to the modern market.
It is hard to find a valid complaint about the paddles, which means that you can’t go too wrong when buying this paddle.
Despite being the new kid on the block in the pickleball market, this family owned company has time-tested designs that have been around for a long time.
They strive to stand out in this fast-growing market that will only continue to gain popularity as time marches on.
The company produces quality products that help you to play the best game of pickleball thanks to an invaluable paddle.
With a blend of high quality materials, classic designs and amazing customer service built on top of traditional family values, everything about Selkirk Sports pays homage to the timeless game of pickleball.
Selkirk Sports took a traditional player’s paddle and turned it into something amazing. This paddle has some powerful characteristics and a lightweight design that makes ball control easier and better than ever before.
It is constructed from the finest polymer honeycomb that is available, along with a durable adorned with bright graphics that conform to the USAPA’s regulations without being boring or uniformist.
Durable. Versatile. Functional. This paddle reads off like a USAPA ambassador’s check list, and provides actual value for money. It will improve your game in ways you never even imagined, and believe us when we say that it is popular among most players.
It is hard to find a complaint that impacts the popular view of this paddle. Even though Selkirk Sports is relatively new on the pickleball scene, we expect great things from the company.
What is a “Sweet Spot?
All paddles have a “sweet spot” located in the center of the paddle, this has nothing to do with manufacturing and everything to do with physics. Hitting the sweet spot requires a lot of practice and coordination.
How do I Pick out a Paddle?
The simplest answer is to just try out a lot of different paddles until you find the one that feels right to you.
What is the difference between Fiberglass and Graphite paddles?
Fiberglass tends to be slightly heavier that graphite paddles, and will therefore have a little more power than graphite paddles. Graphite paddles have more finesse and control over the ball. It is widely accepted that graphite is better, but noone has done any actual testing yet.
I’m buying my first paddle, what should I get?
You need to look for a classic pickleball paddle shape. This will help you get into the swing of things and start you off quite nicely. A classic paddle is about 7 ¾ inches to 8 inches wide and about 15 ½ inches long. You can add specialty paddles later, but it is always good to have a classic shape in your bag.
How long should a paddle last?
This will depend on how often you play with it. A graphite or composite paddle will last for about a year in the hands of a player who uses it every day.
It should last about three years in the hands of someone who plays a few times a week. It should be noted that wooden paddles will not last long, no matter whose hands it is in.
Why do so many composite paddles have an overlapping edge guard?
You will probably find an edge guard on most composite paddles; this is due to the fact that the edge guard maintains the integrity of the covering and keeps the honeycomb core from being exposed.
Without the edge, the core will be exposed, the laminate will peel off and the paddle will be destroyed, so it is a good idea to keep the edge on the paddle to keep this from happening to an otherwise high-quality paddle.
Pickleball without a paddle is not pickleball. The paddle is the most important part of the game, especially from the player’s point of view.
A paddle amplifies your skill and natural talent and can often mean the difference between a win and a loss.
The wrong paddle can lead to mishits and endless frustration. But the right paddle will heighten your experience to new levels.
So, with the help of this buyer’s guide we hope you find your perfect match and enjoy your next pickleball game the way it should be enjoyed.
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