Some sports are not only good exercise but also a great way to meet new friends. Pickleball is one of those sports.
Great for all ages and skill levels, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball can be played outdoors or indoors, as singles or doubles, and all you need is a paddle, a ball and a court. Rules are simple—a game is usually played to 11 points and must be won by 2. Like tennis, you only score while serving. However, your serve must be underhand, and the ball hit below hip level. Experts estimate that there are more than 2.5 million pickleball participants in the US. To find a court near you, google Twin Cities Pickleball Club.
Allows for wind
Travels better indoors
01 Intermediate and experienced players often prefer the harder outdoor ball that moves faster
02 Beginners should consider using an indoor ball in the beginning, both for inside and outside play
[hosting tip 1] shoes
There is a lot of lateral movement, so shoes should support your feet well. Cross-training shoes would be a good starting point.
[hosting tip 2] attire
Comfortable clothing that allows for movement is important. Tennis apparel is sometimes used.
Paddle and grip length
01 A light paddle gives you movability while a heavy paddle gives you stability and follow through.
02 Grip is important to control. If you have small hands, look for a 4 – 4/18” grip, medium hands 4 ¼” grip, and large hands 4 3/8” and above. Ideally, you should be able to fit your index finger between your thumb and fingers on the grip
03 Paddle core varies from plastic blends that gives you touch and control, to cardboard blends for power and aluminum cores for touch and power.
04 Other considerations are price, hitting surface, paddle and grip length.
[hosting tip 3] attitude
As in any sport, there are written and unwritten rules. Ask your new playing partners for advice and they will likely be happy to fill you in. Then enjoy—and have fun!