Pickleball Basics

 

PIckleball grip tape helps your control over your pickleball paddle during your pickleball match

Pickleball is a game played with a paddle and a small, plastic ball. The object of the game is to hit the ball over the net and into your opponent's court. The first player or team to score 11 points wins the game.

There is very basic equipment needed to play pickleball. You will need a pickleball paddle, a ball, and a net. The pickleball paddle can be made of wood, composite, or graphite. The ball is similar to a Wiffle® Ball and is hollow with small holes. The net is placed at the center of the court and should be about 34 inches high at the center.

Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. In singles, each player has their own court and hits the ball back and forth to their opponent. In doubles, there are two players on each side of the net. Players can hit the ball to any player on their team, and they can switch positions at any time.

The game starts with one player serving the ball from behind the baseline. The ball must go over the net and into the court on the other side. It can bounce once before it is hit by the paddle. The opposing player then hits the ball back over the net. The ball can bounce once on their side of the court before they hit it back over the net.

Players must hit the ball above their waist and below their shoulder. They can not hit the pickleball more than once before it goes over the net. The ball must also bounce before it is hit by the pickleball paddle. If the ball hits the ground on your side of the court, you lose the point.

Players can move anywhere around the court. However, they must stay behind the baseline until the ball is hit over the net.

The game is over when one player or team has scored 11 points and has a lead of at least 2 points.

Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors. The court is 20 feet by 44 feet for singles and doubles matches. The net is placed at the center of the court and should be about 34 inches high at the center.

Pickleball can be played with any number of players. However, it is typically played with 4 players, 2 on each side.

Pickleball continues to rise in popularity, and is a great hobby to take up.  One way to give yourself an advantage is to use VukGripz pickleball grip tape on your paddle.  Using VukGripz pickleball grip tape will help improve your grip and perform better during your pickleball matches.