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Everything You Need To Know About Pickleball Before Playing Your First Game

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Published on May 21st, 2019

Feeling excited and interested after watching friends or office staff playing pickleball? Or maybe you have heard it in passing, and it has caught your attention. Well, not for nothing pickleball is rapidly becoming the most popular sport in America.

1. What Is Pickleball?

The game, pickleball is actually a mix of tennis, table-tennis and badminton. It has been designed keeping in mind differently abled individuals, so it doesn’t matter what your skill level or even your age is. You might be 16 or 60; one thing is for sure; you will find it tough to put down the paddle once you have picked it up.

 

2. Pickleball Is Fun

It is one of the most fun-filled as well as challenging activity, and you can indulge yourself in for the day. You will get your exercise, learn skills and interact with other players/opponents. There are additional social benefits of making friends stick with you for the rest of your life.

The following section is a guide to all the pickleball equipment and a brief overview of the game to help you get started. Let us have a look!

 

3. It Is All About The Equipment

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Unlike various other sports, the actual equipment required to play pickleball is less. This translates into a low start-up cost, which means you can start playing within a week. According to the pros and the experts, these are the following equipment you need to play pickleball.

 

4. The Paddle

Pickleball is a paddle game, so you need one before anything else. Pickleball paddles are bigger than table-tennis paddles but smaller than tennis racquets. Paddles are made of various materials including wood, aluminum and graphite. Lighter paddles are for the beginners as the weight can become an issue when learning the game.

 

5. The Ball

The balls which are used for playing pickleball are lightweight with holes and are similar to Wiffle Ball. The balls are different according to the playing conditions viz. for outdoor or indoor playing. Official pickleballs are approved by the USAPA (United States of America Pickleball Association).

 

6. Apparel And Footwear

There is no standard dress code for pickleball like cricket or football. But you do need regular clothing like t-shirts, sweatpants, shorts and polo shirts. The standard tennis apparel is quite right for playing pickleball. Additionally, you will run around and a lot, so you need good quality, sports shoes that are comfortable for long time usage.

 

About The Game

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To give you a clear idea about the game, we have the following details for you.

The game is played as a smaller version of tennis. The court looks like the tennis court and measured 20 feet in width and 44 feet in length. There is net dividing the court, which is 36 inches high at the ends and 34 inches around the middle.

You can enjoy the game as a single-game or a doubles-game. There are two service zones known as the left and the right service zones. There is an additional no-volley-zone as well, which measures 7-foot and is known as the kitchen.

If we are honest, you can pick up the game in as little as 15 minutes, but you will need a lifetime to practice, perfect and make your game precise.