Choosing the Perfect Paddle: A Buyer's Guide for Pickleball Players

Choosing the Perfect Paddle: A Buyer's Guide for Pickleball Players

Whether you’re a touring professional or just play for fun on the weekends, the right paddle can be a game changer. But with pickleball’s exploding popularity, there are many options to choose from. If you’re looking for the perfect paddle for your playing style, there are several factors to consider. 


The Importance of Having the Right Paddle

A high-quality paddle can play a pivotal role in your performance. Trusting your paddle will enhance your performance through better execution and precision. This will build your on-court confidence and lead to better technical correctness and strategic decisions. 

 Selecting the right paddle is just as important as taking the right shots. Finding a paddle that works for you — and sticking with it — keeps you consistent in your game. You want a paddle you can count on so you can focus on fine-tuning your gameplay. And believe it or not, the right paddle can also play a role in injury prevention. 

 How good you feel with a paddle is the ultimate determinant of how well you play. But keep in mind that every player is different, so a paddle that works well for you might not work well for others. Ever heard the phrase “Look good, feel good. Feel good, play good.”? If you don’t feel good about your paddle, there’s a pretty high chance you don’t feel good about your game. And if you don’t feel good about your game, what’s the point?

 Compatibility is key when finding the right paddle. If you don’t use a model that fits your skill level or playing style, your game could suffer — or worse yet, you could get hurt. Keep reading to find out more.


What To Look for in a Pickleball Paddle

The ideal paddle will blend power, control, and spin to match your specific playing style. Here are some features to keep in mind when making your choice:



Weight is widely considered one of the most important factors in a paddle. While a tennis player may be used to a heavier racket, not everyone is built to manage and control that kind of weight. Remember the compatibility part? Well, this is one of those dynamics to consider between you and your paddle. The strength of your rotator cuff, arm, forearms, and wrist will quickly let you know if you and the paddle are not a match. Give it 24 hours. A paddle that’s too heavy for your level of strength and ability will be evident based on the soreness and strain felt by your dominant arm during or after play. Ignoring this sign can lead to injury.


The size of the grip on your paddle matters. A small grip allows for more wrist movement, while a larger grip increases contact point control and stability. Pick a paddle with a circumference that matches your hand size. Most paddles offer a similar circumference, so it’s easy to increase the circumference by adding extra grips. If you need to reduce the grip size, remove the under grip (the original padded stock grip) and apply a thinner overgrip. Did we mention the importance of compatibility? If your paddle grip is too big, your forearm will let you know about it.


Carbon. Graphite. Fiberglass. These are just a few of the materials that can make a paddle, and they all offer a different feel. A paddle’s materials can determine its quality, durability, and price. Pay attention to the paddle’s design — not all paddles are created equal. The technology and components used matter!


Similar to a paddle’s material, your playing style will favor a 14mm or 16mm paddle. These are the two standard sizes. Thinner paddles transfer more power, while thicker paddles provide greater control. Look for a paddle that addresses your weaknesses. If you’re looking for power, go for a thinner but heavier paddle. A thicker, lighter paddle will be better for you if you need a softer touch for greater precision.


Head Shape

There are two standard head shapes: an elongated head and a short, square-like head. One offers a fraction more length and is especially handy when reaching into the kitchen to take the ball out of the air. The other has a smaller surface face, which makes fast wrist movements easier and is helpful in firefights, also known as hand battles.


PIKKL Paddles: The Perfect Choice

PIKKL’s paddles are designed with cutting-edge technology to provide the precision, power, and control you need to take your game to the next level. Our innovative paddles are crafted with your performance in mind because we believe every player should have access to a pro-level paddle.

The 16 mm Vantage Pro has a 16 ¼ inch elongated paddle face with a handle just over 5 ½ inches long. This paddle is perfect for players looking to slow the game down without sacrificing power. Our 14 mm Vantage Pro has the same dimensions as the 16 mm but has been fine-tuned with a minor weight reduction to allow additional power and hand speed without sacrificing control.

 With a PIKKL paddle in your hand, you’re ready to play your best. Our high-performance paddles equip you to pull off the shots you want and enjoy the game you love. Because no matter what your skill level may be, you deserve the best paddle.

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