When you play pickleball, paddle is the most important equipment in the game. It’s like having a pen in an exam. So, you would always want to spend more on your paddle and customize it in the way of your own liking. Now a days there are a lot of paddles available in the market with different colours, shape, sizes and weight. Here in this article, I will let you know for the love of your paddle how to customize a pickleball paddle for your own self.
When coming to customization of the paddle you can add your name and add custom colours on it and more over add lead tape to the edge guard of your paddle. You can also replace your handle grip with premium grip which can be an ideal option for sweaty hand and can be handful in gripping your paddle.
Moreover, customization is allowed to a certain level as regulated by the USAPA and IFP. On the paddle hitting surface, there shall be no holes, indentations, rough texturing, tape, or any other objects or features that allow a player to impart additional spin on the ball. Paddle roughness is measured with the Starrett SR 100 or related tests, such as the Starrett SR160 Surface Roughness Tester. Handwritten markings are permitted as long as they do not affect the surface roughness and are in good taste. You can customize your paddle keeping these things in mind.
This term refers to owning your paddle in true means. It’s possible to add your own visuals to the Paddle. The paddle can be personalised with anything from your club or organization’s emblem to a photo of a family member or pet. On each side of the paddle, different designs can be used. If you don’t have any graphics, you can simply put your name on both side of the paddle face or you can also add your own logo on one side and your name on the other side. You also have the option of adding a background colour of your own choice. It can be done by digitally printing colours on your paddle face.
Wrapping lead tape on the edge guard
You can also use lead tape on the paddle’s edge guard. This could be used as a balancing tape. The lead tape isn’t a repair item at all. However, doing so will increase the stability and weight of your paddle. If desired, this may aid in improving the pickleball paddle’s balance. Lead, often known as lead tape, is a heavy metal that can be formed into a tape. Lead tape can be used to add weight to your pickleball paddle in modest increments, resulting in a heavier paddle swing, a larger “sweet spot,” and a little more power, or pop, when striking the pickleball. Pickleball players, particularly professional pickleball players, are increasingly using it.
PICKLEBALL RULES THAT PERMIT LEAD TAPE
Pickleball players are allowed to use lead tape on their paddles according to the rules. There are two pickleball rules to be aware of in particular: (1) Commercially made pickleball paddles may be altered with lead tape, and (2) pickleball paddle weight is unrestricted.
USA Pickleball Rule 2.E.4. – Weight – There is no restriction on paddle weight
USA Pickleball Rule 2.E.5.a. – Alterations – The only alterations or additions that may be made to a commercially made paddle are edge guard tape, lead tape, changes to the grip size or grip wrap, and name decals and/or other identification markings on the paddle face.
The above mention pickleball rules are from the Official Tournament Rulebook – last revised June 15, 2016.
Replacing your Paddle grip with premium grip
When you buy a paddle there is already a stock grip installed on it by the manufacturer for the time being you start playing with it. After certain time it get worn out due to sweat so to make your paddle look better you need to replace it. There are some brands out there in market which specialize in making pickleball grips (such as Gamma, Prolite etc) their grips are sweat absorbing and doesn’t wear out quickly. Moreover, there are many other pickleball brands that produce grips, and they are well worth checking out but still Gamma and Prolite are considered the favourite. The Gamma Supreme Over grip is the number one pickleball grip by the popularity. Gamma’s Supreme Over grip is available in five vibrant colours and has great tackiness and absorbency. This keeps your grip dry on the court and prevents you from slipping while ripping forehands over the court or blocking smashes at the net. The Gamma Supreme Over grip is not only durable, but it also absorbs shock. Prolite is another top pickleball grip maker, with the Prolite No-Sweat Diamond Grip at the top of their pickleball grip line. The Diamond grip was created specifically for the greatest Prolite pickleball paddles and has helped top pros win some of the game’s most prestigious tournaments. Prolite has now released their grip to the general public. The Prolite No-Sweat Diamond Grip offers a cushioned surface that is both soft and firm on the Pickleball Paddle, guaranteeing that you lose nothing in terms of touch and feel on the court.
Paddle Over grip
An overgrip is a piece of soft, padded tape that wraps around your pickleball paddle’s grip. Why would you do something like this? There are several causes for this: greater sweat absorption, expanded grip circumference, and/or added cushioning for comfort and vibration. Overgrips are affordable and come in a variety of colours and patterns. An overgrip is a piece of soft, padded tape that wraps around your pickleball paddle’s grip. Why would you do something like this? There are several causes for this: greater sweat absorption, expanded grip circumference, and/or added cushioning for comfort and vibration. Overgrips are affordable and come in a variety of colours and patterns.
Q1- Can you modify a pickleball paddle?
Ans- You can experiment with the wrap and grip size to find the perfect fit, but you can’t make too many changes to the paddle. Pen markings and excessively thick decals on the paddle’s surface, for example, can impact the roughness.
Q2- Can you paint a pickleball paddle?
Ans- The Pickleball paddle must have a smooth surface. To be authorised by the USAPA, the pickleball paddle must also pass a reflection test. This implies the paddle can’t be so reflective that it blocks other players’ eyesight on the court. Paddles can be painted or decals can be used as long as they are appropriate.
Q3- Can a pickleball paddle have holes in it?
Ans- There shall be no holes, indentations, rough texturing, tape, or any other objects or features on the paddle hitting surface that allow a player to impart additional spin on the ball.
Q4- Can you add weight to a pickleball paddle?
Ans- All the Way around the Pickleball Paddle (i.e., from just above the handle to the opposite side of the pickleball paddle that is just above the handle) — Wrap the lead tape over the whole edge of your pickleball paddle to add at least a full ounce of weight.