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Picking the Perfect Paddle


Happy Tuesday Picklers!

Welcome to this week's edition of the PICKLEBACKCLUB newsletter, where we're diving deep into the heart of your pickleball game—your paddle!

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your pickleball journey, the right paddle can make all the difference. In this issue, we'll explore the various paddle sizes, shapes, grip options, and materials to help you find the perfect match for your playing style. Plus, don't miss our Pickleball Tip of the Week, guaranteed to boost your performance on the court.

Let's get started and take your game to the next level!

🏓 Paddle Sizes: Choosing the Right One

Pickleball paddles come in a variety of sizes, and choosing the right one depends on factors such as your playing style, skill level, and personal preferences.

Paddle Dimensions

1. Length: Standard paddles are usually between 15.5 to 17 inches long. Longer paddles provide more reach and leverage but can be harder to maneuver.

2. Width: The width of a paddle ranges from 7 to 8.25 inches. Wider paddles offer a larger sweet spot, making it easier to hit the ball accurately.

3. Thickness: Paddle thickness varies from about 10 to 16 millimeters. Thicker paddles tend to have better control and less vibration, while thinner paddles might offer more power and a faster response.

Paddle Shapes

1. Standard Shape: A balanced design that offers a good mix of power and control. Ideal for most players.

2. Elongated Shape: These paddles are longer and narrower, providing extra reach and power, suitable for players who prefer a singles game or have a more aggressive style.

3. Wide Body: These paddles are shorter and wider, offering a larger sweet spot and better control, ideal for beginners or players who prioritize precision over power.


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Grip Size

Grip size is another important factor:

1. Small Grip: Typically 4 to 4.25 inches in circumference, suitable for players with smaller hands or those who prefer more wrist action.

2. Medium Grip: Around 4.25 to 4.5 inches, this size is the most common and works well for most players.

3. Large Grip: Approximately 4.5 to 4.75 inches, better for players with larger hands or those who prefer a firmer grip.


Paddles also come in different weights:

1. Lightweight: 6.5 to 7.3 ounces, easier to maneuver and faster, suitable for control and finesse play.

2. Midweight: 7.3 to 8.4 ounces, a balance of power and control, suitable for most players.

3. Heavyweight: 8.5 ounces and above, providing more power and stability, ideal for players who prefer a power game.


Paddles are made from various materials, each affecting performance differently:

1. Composite: Made from a combination of materials, offering a good balance of power and control.

2. Graphite: Lightweight and strong, providing excellent control and a quick response.

3. Wood: Heavier and more affordable, suitable for beginners or recreational play.

Choosing the Right Paddle

Consider your playing style:

- Control Players: Might prefer a wider, midweight paddle with a smaller grip and thicker core for better touch and accuracy.

- Power Players: May opt for an elongated, heavyweight paddle with a larger grip and thinner core for more forceful shots.

- Balanced Players: A standard shape, midweight paddle with a medium grip and medium thickness can offer a versatile playing experience.

Testing different paddles, if possible, is the best way to find the right fit for your game.

Pickleball Tip of the Week: Getting in the Ready Position

Getting into the ready position in pickleball involves a few key steps to ensure you are prepared to react quickly and effectively to the ball.

1. Stance:

- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

- Bend your knees slightly to lower your center of gravity.

- Distribute your weight evenly on the balls of your feet, staying light and agile.


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2. Body Position:

- Lean slightly forward at the waist.

- Keep your back straight and your head up, maintaining good posture.

3. Hands and Paddle:

- Hold the paddle in front of you with both hands (if using a backhand grip) or with your dominant hand (if using a forehand grip).

- Position the paddle at waist height, ready to move in any direction.

- Keep your non-dominant hand close to the paddle or slightly out for balance.

4. Eyes:

- Focus on the ball and your opponent’s movements.

- Stay alert and ready to move in any direction quickly.

5. Footwork:

- Be prepared to move your feet quickly. Small, quick steps are better than large strides for maintaining balance and readiness.

By maintaining this ready position, you can react more quickly to your opponent's shots and move efficiently around the court.

Remember, the best paddle for you is one that complements your unique playing style and preferences. Stay tuned for more tips, gear recommendations, and exclusive deals in future issues.

And as always, we'd love to hear from you—share your pickleball stories and experiences with us on our social media channels or drop us an email.

Until next time, keep playing, keep improving, and keep having fun!

Happy Dinking! 🏓


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