How to Pick the Perfect Paddle

Using the right equipment is essential in any sport, not just to level the playing field in competition, but also to help you play at your best—safely. That is why picking the best pickleball paddle not only gives you the potential to improve your game, but it can also prevent injury.

Here's what you need to know to choose the paddle that’s right for you.

Weight Is a Heavy Factor

A heavy paddle drives the pickleball harder, but it can cause strain on your wrist, forearm, and elbow, leading to acute or wear-and-tear injuries. A lightweight paddle can give you more control and is suited for beginners, but it might not give you the power you need to play at a higher level. For most players, we recommend selecting a paddle with a weight between 7 and 8.5 ounces.

Get a Grip

Next, the grip size is crucial. A grip that is too small or too large can cause discomfort, leading to pain and even injury from constantly trying to correct your grip. To determine the right grip size for you, measure the distance from the tip of your ring finger to the middle crease in your palm. This distance will correspond to the ideal grip size for your hand.

Get in Shape

The shape of the paddle best for you likely depends on your level of play. For beginners, a wider hitting surface and thicker handle can reduce arm strain. For intermediate players, a longer hitting surface and a smaller handle can help fine-tune your control once you’ve played more and have better conditioned your hitting arm.

When selecting the best pickleball paddle, focus on weight, grip size, and shape. Taken together, these factors can impact your game and safety on the court. Selecting the right equipment for your level and needs is a crucial step in preventing injury and dominating your next match.

Whether a wrong paddle pick is causing you pain or something else is getting in your way on the court, we’re here for you. To find the right doctor near you, click here to use our handy, quick guide now.