Things to consider when buying a paddle are the weight, grip size and head shape of the paddle. Most pickle ball specialists and players emphasize on the weight as the most important characteristic of picking a paddle.

Weight range of paddles:

Light weight: under 7.3 oz / 206gr

Mid weight: 7.3 oz - 8.4 oz / 206gr - 238gr

Heavy weight: 8.4 oz and over

 

Lighter paddles:

Pros

More ball control

Less stress on elbow/shoulders

Cons

Less power

More strength needed to hit harder/longer

 

Heavier paddles:

Pros

More power

Less effort goes into hitting a harder ball

Cons

More stress on elbow/shoulders

Less control

 

Gripsize:

Most paddles come with a standard 4 1/4 in grip size. You can always increase the grip size by adding an overgrip but you cannot make the grip size smaller.

 

Head shape:

There is an official pickle ball regulation on the size of paddles which restricts manufacturers from producing paddles longer than 17in. The wide body shape is the most popular standard shape used by most players. The elongated shape is new to the market and provides a longer reach but smaller sweet spot making it harder for novice players to use.

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