Pickleball: Welcome to the Ball

One nice perk of playing pickleball is that there is not a lot of equipment to worry about. Gym clothes and a paddle will usually get you entry into the pickleball scene. Of course you can add a variety of accoutrements, but the bare eseentials are few.

An important item that often gets short shrift is the pickleball itself. Many players just use whatever ball is provided, BUT…there can be a big difference in your game depending on the ball being used!

Whenever we are playing where there are multiple courts and a shot goes astray, there are times when the ball from our court is switched with a ball from another court. Most players just accept this and go on with their game; hmmmm! Is that the best protocol?

If you have been playing with a ball that is a bit softer (from usage) or harder than the one that was replaced, does that affect your game?

Was the ball you were playing with newer or older than the ball you received? Is it smoother or rougher? Does it make a difference?

You might be surprised by the answers, but you can read more about this topic in a post written by Sarah Ansboury: “Tennis Balls vs Pickleballs…There are Differences

Don’t be confused by the title, there are some good points related to pickleballs and how it affects our play.

*** NOTE ***– I play with several pickleballers who have a color preference for a variety of reasons. Some like the dark green pickleball, others like the light lime-green color, a few like only the white and many prefer the dark orange. There is no right or wrong, in my opinon, as long as it is a USAPA approved pickleball. After all, each side plays with the same ball and needs to adjust accordingly.

One other thing…It is my opinion that when playing on an “indoor”surface like a wooden gymnasium floor, players will have a better pickleball experience if they use an indoor ball. I have seen players use and outdoor ball on such surfaces and they skid quite a bit and this changes the game!

More Pickleball Videos

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