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: