Proper Pickleball Gear

A man in athletic clothing playing pickleball. He is holding a pickleball paddle and is mid-swing.

Proper Pickleball Gear

Proper gear is key to a great Pickleball game.

We discussed in our first blog why pickleball is gaining popularity so quickly, but what should you wear? Proper gear is essential for a great pickleball game. The right gear can help you play at your best, stay comfortable and safe, and follow the rules and etiquette of the game.

Pickleball gear typically includes the following items:

Two pickleball balls and a paddle lying on a green court surface with white boundary lines. The paddle is green and black with a perforated face and a black grip handle.1. Paddle: A pickleball paddle is a flat, hard surface used to hit the ball over the net. Paddles can be made of various materials, including wood, composite, and graphite (not typically used). They come in different shapes, sizes, and weights, and players can choose a paddle based on their personal preference and playing style.

2. Ball: A pickleball is like a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller and harder. It has holes in it to reduce wind resistance and improve flight stability. Pickleballs can be made of plastic or composite materials.

Pickleball court shoes with a teal and red color scheme. The shoes have a flat sole and are designed for quick lateral movement. The laces are tied and the shoes are resting on a colorful backdrop.3. Court Shoes: Court shoes are designed for indoor or outdoor court surfaces, providing traction, stability, and support. Shoes with non-marking soles are preferred to protect the court surface. Some examples include: Acacia, Sketchers, New Balance. (Make sure you have a court shoe)

4. Clothing: Comfortable athletic wear is recommended, including shorts, skirts, or pants and a moisture-wicking shirt. Sunglasses and a hat may also be useful for outdoor play. (eye protection)

5. Accessories: A water bottle, sweatband, towel, and protective eyewear can all be helpful accessories to have during a game.

When choosing pickleball gear, it’s essential to consider factors such as the player’s level of skill, playing style, and personal preference. High-quality gear can improve performance, prevent injuries, and enhance the overall playing experience.


Injury Prevention Strategies

Your physical therapist can provide you with tips and strategies to prevent future injuries. This may include proper warm-up and cool-down techniques, the use of proper equipment, and modifications to your playing technique or style. Physical therapy can help you recover from a pickleball injury and improve your overall health and well-being. Working with a physical therapist can help you regain strength, mobility, and function and get back to playing pickleball safely and effectively. Click the button below to schedule your appointment today!