Ready to see what all the pickleball fuss is about? Good call: This massively popular game is (relatively) easy to learn, ludicrously fun to play and a pretty good workout to boot. Plus, the gear you need is surprisingly affordable!
- $40 $50 at Amazon
Pickleball Paddles Set (Wood)
- $63 $80 at Amazon
Pickleball Paddles Set, Graphite, USAPA-Approved
- $60 $70 at Amazon
Half Court Pickleball Net with 2 Paddles, 2 Balls
- $86 $120 at Amazon
Pickleball Paddles Set with 2 V-Air Paddles, 2 V-Pro Paddles
- $130 at Amazon
Portable Pickleball Net Set with 4 Paddles, 4 Outdoor Balls and Carry Bag
For those unfamiliar with it, pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong, with some volleyball-style scoring thrown in for good measure. (That's why it's only "relatively" easy to learn; after months of playing, the scoring system can still turn my brain to mush.)
To get started, all you need is a paddle. Of course, because the game is best played with four people (aka "doubles"), you might want to go ahead and grab a complete set: Either two or four paddles, a few balls, a carrying case and maybe even a practice net.
Below I've rounded up some great options, most of them top-rated by hundreds, if not thousands, of Amazon shoppers.
Two of the most colorful, eye-catching paddles I've seen, these are made of lightweight graphite instead of wood. Plus, they're USAPA-approved, so you're ready for the tournament circuit. The set also includes four balls and a case.
This isn't the traditional four-pack: Vvinca's set includes two V-Pro and two V-Air paddles, which are slightly different sizes and weights -- intended for different players and play styles. Plus, you get both indoor and outdoor balls along with two ball-picker-upper gizmos!
You supply the court; this set has literally everything else you need: paddles, balls and a full-size net.
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