One of the things I love about pickleball is the freedom to experiment. Choosing a pickleball paddle shape is a novel reminder of the sport’s philosophy. Instead of set dimensions, the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA)gives manufacturers an equation to work with: Length + Width cannot exceed 24”. This gives us an almost limitless number of options.
Pickleball players can easily play around with the available options to find an ideal fit.
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Below are the Top 4 Pickleball Paddle Shapes
Standard Paddle Shape: 15 3/4″ x 7 7/8″
It’s my understanding that this was the original pickleball size and shape. Rumor has it a version was sold from one of the inventor’s garages in the sport’s early days. Today it’s still the most common shape you’ll see on the court.
If you want to play with a paddle in the standard range, know that the ianoni Graphite Composite Pickleball Paddle is top rated. It’s graphite face and polymer core make it a cutting-edge choice.
This JP WinLook set is also a great buy.
Wide Body Shape: 16″ x 8″
Widebody paddles are a good choice for beginner players, they offer more area for ball contact which is always a good thing when you’re starting out!
I personally like the Selkirk Latitude Widebody, it’s a fairly light paddle maxing out at 7.5 oz and has a thin grip for smaller hands. Keep in mind you can always size up your grip, so if you have larger hands don’t let its narrowness deter you.
If you’re looking for that heavier hit, however, try this Nomex paddle by Onix.
Remember a Nomex core is the heaviest you can buy and many pros say that it gives them extra shot power.
Thin Body Shape: 16 1/2″ x 7 1/4″
This is where you see the sport start to get creative. A narrow body allows for a longer paddle. Pros claim that the “sweet spot” for a well-placed hit is typically toward the top of an average paddle-Meaning that extra length can make all the difference.
The Paddletek Horizon has a nice look and a great reputation, but these are paddles for experienced players.
On the higher end is the Engage Poach, beloved by pros. The Poach is also an extremely quiet paddle.
Blade Shape: 17″ x 6 7/8″
Blades are the thinnest of any pickleball paddles and typically require that your game is on point. There’s no forgiveness when it comes to
That being said many pros claim it gives them that extra bit of control that pushes their game over the top. If you’re ready to experiment with a blade take a look at the top reviewed Gearbox GH7L at just over 6” wide!
Finding that perfect paddle can take some time, have a look at How to Choose a Pickleball Paddle for a little more info!