Of the many sports that have been invented in the United States over the years, a few have caught on in especially impressive ways. While many fans of professional sports will point to basketball as a notable success story, there are other sports that have taken root in humbler but equally significant fashion.
The sport known as “pickleball,” for example, got its start in an entirely informal manner about fifty years ago. Equipped with a badminton net but no shuttlecock, a family in Washington improvised a new sport of their own. Widely recognized as being both extremely accessible to all and also rewarding to advanced, skilled players, pickleball has since become a backyard phenomenon nationwide.
The Right Gear Makes a Great Game Even More Fun
The first pickleball paddles were especially crude things that were put together from whatever happened to be at hand. As the sport has grown in popularity over the decades, however, the state of the art has advanced along with it.
Today’s paddles cover a wide range of budgets and skill levels. Some of the most basic are probably not much different than those that were first used to play the sport, with the exception of benefiting from the regularity and precision of manufacturing that mass production can bring.
On the more elevated side of the scale, paddles can incorporate technologies that might be found in tennis rackets destined for the courts at Wimbledon. From exotic materials like carbon fiber to weight reducing stiffeners such as advance aluminum alloys, today’s pickleball enthusiasts do not need to feel held back in terms of technology.
Finding the Right Paddle for Any Pickleball Player
With so many choices on the market, just about any player should be able to find an especially suitable paddle. Beginners often do well to stick with affordable, durable paddles that emphasize accessibility and forgiveness over outright performance.
Experts tend to enjoy paddles that are capable of transferring a good deal more power to the ball, even if more in the way of control can be needed to make the most of them. What every pickleball player can appreciate, though, is a trusty paddle that helps make a great sport even more fun.