New to all things pickleball? Have no fear, we’re here to help make you a champ.
It seems like everywhere you go now you’re either seeing people play pickleball or are hearing about a new pickleball league popping up. So what actually is pickleball? It actually dates back to 1965 when it was first invented. It’s like a hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. And, yes, it is technically a sport. You can play indoors or outdoors if you have the size of a badminton court and a slightly modified tennis net (don’t worry they sell specific pickleball nets).
Here’s how you play pickleball. The ball is served across the court, underhand, without making the ball bounce in your own court. You get a point when your opponent can’t get the ball back to you (or it goes out of bounds). Each team must play their first shot off of the bounce. Players on each side have to allow the ball bounce once before you can volley. Whoever gets to 11 points first, wins! Check out more of the rules here.
So we all caught up? Great! Pickleball is gaining popularity among kids and adults. We’ve compiled a list of all the equipment and accessories you need to crush the comp this season. Check out the best pickleball paddles, balls, and bags (so far) in 2018.
1. Best Pickleball Paddle of 2018: Upstreet Graphite Lightweight Pickleball Paddle – Buy Now
Graphite is typically the way to go for any serious pickleball player. This paddle consists of polypropylene honeycomb composite, which just may be one of the best cores in the pickleball game. It’s lightweight and perfect for intermediate to advanced players. This paddle comes in a variety of killer colors like blue, black, grey, navy, red and more. There are also super cool print options like palm leaves, buffalo check, New York City skyline, forest scenes and more. There really is something for everyone!
2. Apollo Graphite Pickleball Paddle with 2 Pickleballs – Buy Now
This paddle is lightweight (8 ounces), has a comfortable ergonomic grip, a honeycomb core, and a graphite face. Plus, when you buy this paddle you’ll get two balls for free. Score!
3. Best Pickleball Paddles for Beginners: Diller Wooden Pickleball Paddle Set with Balls – Buy Now
If you’re not a pickleball pro (yet) you’ll want to start with a solid wooden paddle. This one by Diller is perfect for school-aged kids or just regular old pickleball beginners. It comes with two 7-ply hardwood paddles and four bright green indoor/outdoor pickleball balls. Plus, each paddle has a safety strap you can place your wrist in so your paddle doesn’t go flying. Yep, it’s happened to us a time or two (or ten).
4. Amarey Graphite Pickleball Paddle with Racket Cover – Buy Now
This pickleball paddle is one of the best-sellers on Amazon right now. It’s super lightweight, graphite, and has a honeycomb composite core that all combine to totally up your game, hits, and overall strategy.
5. Kanga Wooden Pickleball Paddles in Green – Buy Now
Another great option for kids or beginners, this paddle is made of wood, has a must-have safety strap, and comes with four green indoor pickleball balls.
6. Amazin’ Aces Pickleball Bundle Set – Buy Now
File this one under ‘best bang for your buck.’ This pickleball set comes with two graphite paddles, four balls, and one mesh carrying bag. This one makes a great gift set option!
7. Onix Pure Yellow Outdoor Pickleball Balls – Buy Now
These are great quality pickleballs that are totally durable and meet the USAPA requirements for outdoor tournament pickleball play. Choose from packs of 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12. Either way, they’re totally affordable no matter which option you choose.
8. Onix Indoor Pickleballs in Orange – Buy Now
These are your best bet with you’re playing pickleball indoors. These orange pickleballs come in either a set of 3 or a set of 6.
9. Game On Pickleball Sling Bag in Blue – Buy Now
Also comes in lime, pink, and yellow.
10. All For Color Pickleball Bag in Blue/Green Design – Buy Now
Also comes in purple and red pattern designs.
11. Wolfe Sports Pickleball Sling Bag in White and Blue – Buy Now
Also comes in red, pink, silver, and lime green.
12. Portable Pickleball Net – Buy Now
Bring the pickleball game anywhere you go! This net comes with the metal frame and net in an easy to pack carrying bag. It’s pretty lightweight at just 22 pounds and snaps together in just minutes.