Getting Started with Pickleball

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball, a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, has been rapidly gaining popularity. Basically, it is a paddle sport that is played on a court similar to a tennis court, but smaller. Players use solid paddles to hit a perforated ball over a net. The sport can be played in singles or doubles format, making it a versatile and social game.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete looking for a new challenge or a complete beginner to racquet sports, pickleball offers fun and excitement for all ages and skill levels.

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Essential Pickleball Equipment

You’ll need a few essential pieces of equipment to get started with pickleball:

Pickleball Paddle

Pickleball paddles are larger than ping pong paddles, but smaller than tennis racquets. They are typically made from lightweight materials like aluminum, graphite, or composite.

Pickleball Ball

Pickleball balls are similar to wiffle balls, with a hard plastic shell and multiple holes. They come in two types: indoor and outdoor, with the outdoor balls being slightly heavier and having fewer holes.

Pickleball Court

A pickleball court is similar to a badminton court in size and has a net that is slightly lower than a tennis net.

Pickleball Rules

Basic Rules and Scoring

Understanding the rules and scoring system is crucial to enjoying a game of pickleball.

Here are the basics:

The game begins with a serve, which must be hit underhand and land in the opposite diagonal court.

Points can only be scored by the serving team and are won when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits the ball out of bounds, etc.).

The first team to reach 11 points with a lead of at least 2 points wins the game.

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Basic Pickleball Techniques

Mastering a few basic techniques can greatly improve your pickleball game:


The serve in pickleball is underhand, and the paddle must make contact with the ball below the waist level.

Forehand and Backhand

These are the two basic strokes in pickleball, similar to tennis.

Dink Shot

A dink is a soft shot that is intended to arc over the net and land within the non-volley zone or “kitchen.”


Mastering the basics of pickleball can open up a world of fun and competitive play. With the right equipment, understanding of the rules, and practice of basic techniques, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying this exciting sport.

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