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Paddle Buying Guide

Measuring hand for pickleball paddle grip

JustPaddles wants to help you purchase the correct pickleball paddle for you or your player! Below you will find a guide for selecting the correct grip size and paddle weight. As you scroll down the page, you will also find assistance in determining what type of paddle fits you best.

Selecting a Grip Size

One way to measure what grip size you need is by the player's height.

  • Under 5'2": 4" grip
  • 5'3" to 5'8": 4 1/8" to 4 1/4" grip
  • 5'9" and taller: 4 1/2" grip

Another way to measure what grip size you need is by the measuring your hand from the middle crease on your palm to the end of your ring finger.

Measuring hand for pickleball paddle grip

Grips typically range from 4" to 4 1/2" and increase by 1/8" increments.

Selecting a Paddle Weight

There are many factors to consider when you are selecting the weight of a pickleball paddle. The most common weight option and best fit for the majority of players will be the middleweight class. However, lightweight and heavyweight paddles have their benefits for certain types of players as well.

Most Popular Paddle Weights by Player Style

Play Style Control Balanced Power
Weight Range Lightweight
(7.3 oz. and lighter)
Middleweight
(7.3 oz. to 8.4 oz.)
Heavyweight
(8.5 oz. and heavier)
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General Pointers

  • Players looking for a more powerful shot, like long hard shots off serves, and like to play around the baseline tend to prefer heavier paddles.
  • Players who prefer control and like to spend time around the net with dinks, and spin, typically are best off with a lightweight paddle
  • Players that are unsure on what style of play they prefer, are beginners of the sport, or like a mix of control and power, typically prefer a middleweight paddle.
  • The combination of the grip size and weight, will be the two main factors in determining the players overall experience with their paddle.
  • Make sure the feel of the paddle is what is desired by the player. Generally speaking most pickleball players will be attracted to middleweight paddles. However, as players get more experienced they may turn into more of a power hitting player or more of a finesse/control player.
  • Learn the governing body certification that your paddle will need before you begin shopping. The USAPA is the main governing body right now, but not all leagues or tournaments will require this certification.

You've Chosen Your Paddle! What's Next?

Use your paddle as much as possible. Take it to hit on the court, to your driveway, or take it to your next tournament. Make sure that you are confident from the moment you step onto the court for your first game.

Our Paddle Experts at JustPaddles want to help! They can be reached through email at experts@justpaddles.com. You can chat with them through the live chat feature. And lastly, they can take your toll-free call at 1-866-382-3465.

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