Pickle Gear Top

Many tennis players are migrating to the pickleball court with a great foundation for play, including physical agility, strong hand-eye coordination and necessary patience for long points. But they still need the right gear to truly get in the game.

The paddle is the obvious need, and players should focus on finding one that complements their tennis game. For example, if you hit a two-handed backhand, choose a paddle with a longer grip.

While you can derive some similarities between pickleball paddles and tennis racquets, there are big differences—most notably the lack of strings. You can change the play-ability of a tennis racquet by how it is strung; with pickleball, the paddle face doesn’t change, so your selection is even more important.

Here are equipment recommendations that fit the bill for tennis players coming to pickleball:



AMPED Invikta

This paddle balances reach with defense. Again, the sweet spot is forward up the paddle, and the pop from the fiberglass face helps tennis players from both the baseline and at the kitchen line.


Kinetic Ovation Speed II

A paddle made by tennis players, for tennis players. Its shape feels familiar, with an oval face. The grip also feels like that of a tennis racquet, and it features the same injury prevention technology.


Tempest Reign Pro

An elongated paddle that features a sweet spot sitting further away from your hand. It has a traditional pickleball grip, but the extension of the paddle and its soft feel remind many players of strings.


From left: Selkirk AMPED Invikta, ProKennex Kinetic Ovation Speed II, Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro

From left: Selkirk AMPED Invikta, ProKennex Kinetic Ovation Speed II, Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro




Used at the U.S. Open and USA Pickleball National Championships, this ball plays quick and is durable, with an optic color makes it easy to see. All in all, a favorite.


Dura Fast 40

Recognized as one of the fastest balls in the game, competitive players love the action they get on a Dura, and the speed is as close to tennis as you get.

TENNIS.com makes its way to the kitchen line this week with a spotlight on pickleball. We dive into this court sport with an array of content, including rules and strategies; player profiles; and behind-the-scenes access to the PPA Tour. Tune into Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus for coverage of the pros at the Orange County Cup in San Clemente, Calif., and read about this fast-moving phenomenon to help your own game.




The Pickle

Lobster and Pickleball Tutor ball machines will look familiar to tennis players. These two companies built their reputation in the sport, and they’ve taken their technology to pickleball for all levels of play.