Pickleball is a sport that has been steadily growing in popularity. Thanks to its low-impact nature, it is an excellent choice for people who want to stay active and play competitively – without risking injury. In this guide, we’ll go over the basics of the game: what it looks like, how to get started playing, and everything else you need to know about it!
Get to Know the Basics of Pickleball:
Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. In pickleball, the net is 40 inches high at the center, making it much lower than in traditional sports like volleyball or basketball. The court size for pickleball is smaller as well: only 20 by 44 feet! Thanks to the smaller court size, there are fewer restrictions on where you can place your shots, making for an exciting game that’s perfect for beginners.
In pickleball, you score by hitting the ball into your opponent’s side of the court. Once a point is scored, play stops, and players switch sides – just like in tennis! In addition to serving rules from traditional sports, some special rules apply only to pickleball:
- You can’t block an opponent’s serve.
- You can’t touch the net with your body or racket while playing – this is considered a foul and results in an automatic loss of point.
Some special pickleball rules only apply during doubles:
- A team scores one point when both partners hit the ball back to their opponent’s side before it touches the ground.
- A team scores two points when both partners hit the ball before it bounces a second time in their opponent’s court – this is called a ‘kill.’
How to Get Started Playing Pickleball:
So, how do you play pickleball? To begin with, all you need are some pickleball and a pickleball paddle. You can buy a pickleball set that includes an aluminum or graphite paddle and two balls for around $30.
Types of Pickleballs:
Pickleballs come in four different types, each with its unique level of bounciness:
Outdoor balls – are made from solid plastic and have a matte finish to control the ball’s bounce. Outdoor pickleball is best used on outdoor courts that have harder surfaces.
Indoor balls – are made from solid plastic but have a glossy finish to increase bouncing speed and add some extra flare to your game!
Poly balls – are the most common indoor pickleball type, with a hollow core and a textured surface.
Maxfli Urethane balls – are the most expensive but also the best quality pickleball on the market! They’re made with urethane material that has been infused into tiny microbubbles for superior control and feel during play.
Types of Pickleball Paddles:
Just like pickleball, there are several different types of paddles you can buy. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Composite – These have been engineered from various materials to create an optimal surface for picking up speed and spin. They’re also very lightweight!
Graphite – Made with high carbon graphite material that absorbs shock and provides excellent control.
Wood – This is the classic pickleball paddle material, with a smooth wooden surface and an ergonomic shape for improved grip. These paddles are very heavy, though!
Aluminum – An aluminum paddle is the lightest pickleball option out there. They have a metallic surface that’s great for hitting fast shots, but they’re less durable than other options.
One of the best things about this sport is anyone can play it. Pickleball has been called ‘the sport of a lifetime because it’s so easy to learn and highly competitive. If you’re looking for a way to stay active and have fun with friends or family at the same time – this sport is definitely worth trying out!