Many people have never heard of pickleball, even though the game has been around since the 1960s. It’s something like tennis and can be played at a vigorous, moderate or relaxed pace. The game has caught on with senior communities as a beneficial and fun form of moderate exercise, but the game is appealing to people of all ages.
For pickleball equipment, players need a net similar to a tennis court net, although the game’s court is smaller. It’s the size of a badminton court. The balls are plastic with holes in them, like plastic golf balls but bigger, although not as big as wiffle balls. The paddles are similar to ping pong paddles in structure because the hitting surface is solid, but they are more similar in size to a tennis racquet.
Before buying the items necessary to play pickleball, it’s a good idea to try some out first if possible. Paddles are available in different materials, sizes and weights, for example. Regulations state that the hitting surface must be no more than 24 inches in total combining length and width. The weight must be between 6 and 14 ounces. There also are different grip sizes. All these factors can make a substantial difference in the comfort and skill of play for each individual. Sling bags also can be purchased, making it easy to carry the equipment from place to place. Individuals who become big fans of the game may want to try out different courts and challenge various friends and relatives to matches.
When people are looking for an entertaining new game to play outside, this is a fine option for two or four individuals to begin practicing. They might download instructions from an online source and follow regulations strictly, or they might play more casually. It can be thought of a bit like regulation volleyball versus casual play; certain moves in beach volleyball aren’t allowed in more formal sporting events. If there seem to be no pickleball players in someone’s immediate area, videos are available online for anyone who would like to view some games and get a sense of how it all works.