Ready to dive into the fascinating analysis of the distinctions between paddle tennis and pickleball? As we explore each discipline in detail, we will unravel the particularities that define these unique games, from the characteristics of the courts to the variations in rules and strategies. Our goal is to shed light on the diverse experiences that padel and pickleball provide, inviting you on a journey through the world of rackets and balls, where each movement becomes important. 

Differences in equipment.

Pickleball paddles.

Characterized by their smaller size and wide shape, these rackets are usually made of lightweight materials such as fiberglass or carbon for easier handling. The inner core, usually made of polymer or composite materials, contributes to the balance between power and control. The hitting surface may have a rough finish to improve grip, and the edge thickness, grip, and paddle weight may vary to suit individual preferences.

Paddle rackets:

They are usually teardrop-shaped or oversized, with a balance between power and control. Made with advanced materials such as carbon fiber or graphene, the blades are light but durable. The hitting surface, textured to improve ball grip, and the inner core, often made of foam or EVA rubber, contribute to the response and feel of the racket. The frame profile, weight distribution, grip and profile thickness are adjustable to the player's preference.

As for the balls , padel balls are similar to clay tennis balls but with 30% less pressure, they offer a slightly reduced bounce due to their tighter weave. They are specifically designed to provide a controlled response in paddle tennis, discouraging the use of tennis balls due to the excessive bounce they generate. In contrast, pickleball uses a remarkably light, hollow plastic wiffle ball, requiring precision at the net and power down the court.

Punctuation system.

Scoring in padel follows a system similar to tennis, with intervals of 15, 30, 40 and game. To win a game, a player or team must reach at least four points and have a lead of at least two points. In the event of a tie at 40 points (equal), the team that obtains an advantage of two consecutive points wins the game. On the other hand, in pickleball, scoring is more direct and is counted in whole numbers. The serving team continually scores points, and the change of sides occurs after a point is scored, with the receiving team becoming the serving team.

Track differences.

In accordance with the regulations of the International Padel Federation (FIP), a padel court covers a total area of ​​200 square meters, distributed in a dimension of 10 meters wide by 20 meters long. These measurements refer specifically to the play area, excluding surrounding walls or bars. Consequently, each section of the court is configured as a 10x10 meter square, divided in two by a net that runs through the center of the court.

On the other hand, the pickleball court has specific dimensions, with a minimum playing surface of 9 m x 18 m and a standard size of 10 m x 19 m. In competitions, the field extends to 12m x 21m. The pickleball nets are 6 m long and 1 m high, with a height of 1 m on the sides and 0.8 m in the center of the field. The net posts are placed 6 m from the center. The central band is shared with the tennis, while the side and back lines are perpendicular and parallel to the net, respectively.

Maria Correal