Pickleball has been increasingly popular in recent times with more and more player shifting towards it. This game has also attracted a lot of sponsors and with that there are lot of professional players playing this game with sweating their heart out in this game to win prices. The governing body for this game which enforce all the regulation for the game is, “The International Federation of pickleball”. The fact that there are 37 countries in the International Pickleball Federation, which is nearly double what it was 18 months ago, indicates that it is gaining popularity.
There are an estimated 5 million active Pickleball players. Whether you aspire to be a professional player or just play for fun, you’ll always be curious to know the official pickleball paddle dimensions and specifications.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports of US and with that Pickleball mostly rules and regulation are also regulated by USA Pickleball Association known as USAPA.
Pickleball paddle Dimension
Pickleball paddle came into business in 1965 at that time it was played with wooden paddle and with almost simple rules. In recent times USAPA has been the national governing body for pickleball, providing players with official rules, championships, events, rankings, and much more.
If you want to participate in tournament organize by USAPA or IFA the dimensions of your paddle must be according to their regulation. They may demand you to modify your paddle if it doesn’t fit the requirements.
The length and width of any butt caps and edge guards shall not exceed 24 inches, according to the USAPA. The paddle can’t be more than 17 inches long. The majority of paddles are eight inches wide by fifteen inches long. This is the traditional wide-body silhouette.
Whereas you can still use paddle with larger faces and shorter handle as they have larger face but shorter handle which doesn’t violate the size regulation. Paddles that are not professionally manufactured (e.g., homemade paddles) are not permitted.
2. E. Pickleball Paddle Specifications
2. E.1. Material. The paddle may be made of any material that is deemed safe and is not forbidden by the restrictions in Section 2: Court and Equipment. The paddle must be built of a reasonably hard, non-compressible material that meets the requirements of the IFP’s “Paddle Material Specifications” paper.
2. E.2: Surface. 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. The Starrett SR 100 or its equivalent tests, such as the Starrett SR160 Surface Roughness Tester, are used to determine paddle roughness.
2. E.3. Size.
The total length and width of the piece, including any edge guards and butt caps, must not exceed 24 inches (60.96 cm). The length of the paddle must not exceed 17 inches (43.18 cm). The thickness of the paddle is unrestricted. (July 1, 2017) (Revised January 1, 2016; effective July 1, 2017)
2. E.4. Paddle Weight and 2.E.5. Alterations
When it comes to Paddle weight 2.E.4. There is no such restriction on it. It’s up to you what weight paddle you prefer to use as you can use prefer to use the lightest one or the heaviest one. Same goes for thickness also there is no regulation in this matter also you can choose to use paddle with any thickness.
According to 2.E.5. Altered paddles must meet all the specifications regulated by USAPA2.
E.5.a. Edge guard tape, lead tape, modifications to the grip size or grip wrap, and name decals and/or other identification markers on the paddle face are the only tweaks or additions that may be added to a Commercially built paddle.
2. E.5.b. Decals and tape must not extend more than 1.0 inch (2.54 cm) above the top of the grip, nor more than 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) within the outside edge of a paddle, or 0.5 inch inside the edge guard if an edge guard is in place.
2. E.5.c. On the playing surface of the paddle, handwritten markings are permitted as long as they do not affect the surface roughness and are in good taste. Other than “handwritten” pen markings, no aftermarket graphics are permitted on a professionally manufactured paddle.
2. E.6. Prohibited Surface Features and Mechanical Features.
2. E.6.a. Anti-skid paint or any paint textured with sand, rubber particles, or any material that causes additional spin.
2. E.6.b. Rubber and synthetic rubber.
2. E.6.c. Sandpaper characteristics.
2. E.6.d. Moving parts that can increase head momentum.
2. E.6.e. Removable parts. No removable parts except for paddle grip adjustments and/or 9 USAPA & IFP Official Rulebook grip wraps and lead tape on the paddle edge.
2. E.6.f. Springs or spring-like material.
2. E.6.g. Flexible membranes or any compressible material that creates a trampoline effect.
2. E.6.h. Electrical, electronic, or mechanical assistance of any sort.
2. E.7. Designation of a model on the paddle, the maker must clearly mark the brand and model name or model number. Paddles having various core materials, surface materials, or other distinguishing characteristics must be given a distinct name or number. A manufacturer-applied decal may be used to display the brand and model information on the paddle.
2. E.8. This determines paddles that are not commercially made are not permitted (e.g., homemade paddles).
The above mention pickleball paddle Specifications are from the Official Tournament Rulebook – last revised June 15, 2016. Hope so, now you may have a clear picture of what is and what not is allowed in the game. The paddle you are going to use in a Professional tournament need to comply all the regulation by the USAPA and IFP. You may find your paddle listed as Pass on the USAPA/IFP Approved Paddle List.
All the manufactures in the market produce paddle that are compliant to meet all the above mention requirements. Find out how pickleball paddles are made to get more know how about it. Moreover, you can also read what paddles pro player use in order to get an idea of professional choices.
Q1- What are the legal dimensions of a pickleball paddle?
ANS- A Pickleball paddle’s overall surface area cannot exceed 24 inches in order to be authorised. This comprises the paddle’s length and width, as well as the edge guard and butt cap. The paddle’s length must not exceed 17 inches.
Q2- What is the maximum length of a pickleball paddle?
Ans- Pickleball paddles typically measure 15.5”-17” (39.37-43.18 cm) in length, 7”-8.25” (177.8-209.6 mm) in breadth, and 1.25” in depth (31.8 mm). The handle measures 4”-5.5” (101.6-139.7 mm) in length, with a grip circumference of 4”-4.5” (101.6-114.3 mm).
Q3- What is the best shape for a pickleball paddle?
Ans- 15 3/4″ x 7 7/8″ is the standard paddle shape. It is still the most popular shape seen on the court today. If you wish to play with a normal paddle, the ianoni Graphite Composite Pickleball Paddle is highly recommended. It is a cutting-edge choice due to its graphite face and polymer core.
Q4- Why are pickleball paddles Square?
Ans- These straight edges obstruct energy transfer and distort the sweet spot’s size and shape. Tennis, racquetball, and squash all don’t use square racquets. There’s a purpose for this — it’s all about even energy dispersion and expanding the sweet spot.”