What is the benefit of buying an expensive paddle, given that the ball is so low-velocity and spin is so limited?What ever you do... don't get a cheap wooden paddle or those at the mart of wall type stores..
Try to get a paddle with a 2nd or 3 gen core.. that are thicker.. also try to get a paddle one that is at least 16 inches long which gives you more reach and leverage...as poster mentioned above... Head make decent entry level paddles...that would be your best bet to start...
Then if you like the sport..upgrade which then...the options are endless...
Inspection of the description of some of the higher-end paddles might provide some clues. One example:What is the benefit of buying an expensive paddle, given that the ball is so low-velocity and spin is so limited?
It sounds like a lot of ******** to me thoughInspection of the description of some of the higher-end paddles might provide some clues. One example:
Some of it could be marketing hype but there is, no doubt, something to the description claims. Perhaps more experienced players could provide better feedback. I've only had the opportunity to play pickleball once (a few weeks ago) but I could tell the diff between my cheap wooden paddle and my buddy's higher end shtick.It sounds like a lot of ******** to me though
If you've already developed your muscle memory for tennis, I don't see much danger in pickleball messing up your tennis. For some people it might take a few weeks of adjustment. Or very little at all. I can't imagine that it will affect my tennis game at all. For some / many individuals, playing both sports can eventually help each other. This has been my experience with playing both tennis & badminton; and to a lesser degree with racquetball and table tennis.I have not had a chance to play pickleball yet, but I'd like to. But before going crazy and buying paddles, can you play both tennis and pickleball successfully? Are there areas that are similar?
I had played tennis for about 6 years before I took up badminton. It took me about 2 months or so before I could easily go back and forth between the two sports without interference. Tennis definitely helped with my hand-eye coordination for badminton. After 2+ months badm started to help my tennis -- esp with overheads, volleys, touch shots and deception.More expensive paddles tend to allow for better spin control and dampen the impact with various materials.
I've tried playing tennis and pickleball at the same time and it really messes my forehand up. I'm inclined to overuse my wrist to generate topspin in tennis and I've really worked to keep it relaxed and not to force extra torque. Pickleball on the other hand pretty much requires you to flick your wrist if you want to generate topspin. Also there is a solid hour after going back to tennis where I hit low on the racket near the dampener because that's where the sweet spot is on my extended length pickleball paddle.