20 Dec Pick the Right Pickleball Paddle with these Tips
If perchance you have been playing Pickleball for quite some time now, there is every chance that you have yourself these questions: What kind of Pickleball paddle should I buy? Should I get a new Pickleball paddle? With the wide variety of options, how am I sure on which one is right for me? Without dwelling too much on the comprehensive analysis of the cons and pros of all the paddles on the market, this article will act as a guide when you want to choose a Pickleball paddle that works for you and most especially your game.
It is important you are aware of the fact that Pickleball paddles range from 14 oz. (the weight of a can of sweet corn) to 6 oz. (the weight of a softball).
The benefits of having a light Pickleball paddle is that you will find it very easy to have it maneuvered, most especially at the net when you have quick volleys.
The downside of having a light paddle being too light is that you get to experience more vibration/impact in your elbow and arm because you have less mass to counter the ball. Obviously, compared to tennis, this is much less in Pickleball, for instance, it can make a huge difference.
There is no doubt that the heavier your Pickleball paddle is, the more “oomph” that is added to your hard shots and slams, but the more strength required to control it on soft shots.
The Bottom Line on Pickleball Paddle Weight
If perchance you are a former or current table tennis player, or perhaps you are familiar with using your wrist when executing the majority of your shots, you will most definitely prefer having a light weight to medium weight paddle.
On the other hand, if you are a former or current tennis player, you will most definitely prefer having a heavier Pickleball paddle owing to the fact that you are familiar with having the weight of the tennis racket in your hand.
It is important you are aware of the fact that the regulations for the dimensions of a paddle are established on the overall length x widest width. Majority of the paddles in the market shorten the length of the handle by adding length to the face, thus keeping similar overall width and length. This absolutely right for the majority of the oversize and wide-body paddles. There are not many Pickleball paddles, nonetheless, that you will find on the tournament circuit that settles for a narrow face just to have an additional inch of length.
In addition, in Pickleball there is a new player that just surfaced and his increasing at a fast rate, this is a longer paddle that was used not long by Matthew Blom in the Men’s National tournament in 2015. This Pickleball paddle is skinnier and quite a bit longer, thus giving it that extra whipping motion, but requires improved accuracy for ball placement.
There are two key advantages of having a longer paddle:
You are offered a little-added speed because of the additional distance from the center of rotation when you hit the ball.
It offers much more reach to volleyballs without having to step into the kitchen, and
Nonetheless, that additional distance also makes the head of the paddle feel less maneuverable at the net and slightly heavier.