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The Complete Guide For Skinny Singles In Pickleball

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What Is Skinny Singles In Pickleball? 

In short, skinny singles means playing singles against one other opponent but cutting the court in half. This makes it easier to retrieve the ball and allows this hybrid game to be more about paddle skills and less about mobility and running. 

How To Play Skinny Singles

Watch a how-to video on Skinny Singles with JustPaddles' very own Ben Croft below!

To recap, a lot of times when you go to the court, there's one other player or you go with a friend and maybe you don't want to play a full singles match. Enter skinny singles! The benefits of playing skinny singles include: 

  1. It's a great way to equalize the playing field.
  2. It's a great way to work on shots that you would have to hit in doubles. 
  3. It's a great way to work on your angles. 
  4. It's a great way to work on your dinks. 
  5. There's less running!

How Playing Skinny Singles Can Improve Your Doubles Game

When you talk about pickleball, most of us automatically visualize a doubles match, but singles continues to grow in popularity. For some pickleball players though, full-court singles aren’t an option - whether that be due to mobility issues or court limitations. Skinny Singles offers a great alternative to the challenges of full-court singles. 

Benefits of Skinny Singles

  • Build paddle maneuverability and paddle skills. 
  • Play a competitive game with only one other person. 
  • Improve accuracy and placement by having to hit the inside half of the court.
  • Forced to work on cross-court shots and straight-on shots.


Enjoy the play!  We hope that this helps you get ready to play in your next match. If you have any pickleball paddle questions, don't hesitate to contact our friendly Paddle Experts at 866-382-3465, email, or you can click here to live chat. We're JustPaddles, and we'll be here for you from Click To Court!

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