If you are new to the sport, you really just need a few pieces of pickleball equipment to get started: a pickleball paddle, a few balls and some decent footwear. If you are looking for a pickleball paddle you might want to start with our guide to buying your next Pickleball Paddle which will help you find the correct grip and weight for your hand size and playing style.
While many people claim that the paddle is the most important piece of pickleball equipment, we actually think that proper footwear is the number one priority when it comes to buying pickleball gear since good shoes can keep you comfortable on the court, prevent blisters and possibly help keep you injury-free. See our guide tips on buying a good pair of pickleball shoes along with things to consider if you are playing indoor vs. outdoor pickleball.
The last main piece of equipment is the ball. Indoor and outdoor pickleballs are slightly different with outdoor balls usually having smaller holes and more of them than indoor balls. Although as a beginner, you really don’t have to worry too much about which pickleballs you use, once you get into the sport you’ll most likely come to prefer specific brands depending on the bounce, hardness and way each plays. We’ve created this Complete Guide to Pickleball Balls if you are interested in diving deeper into it and comparing different types and brands.
For all other pickleball equipment, accessories and clothing please scroll down to see our individual reviews and product comparisons of shirts, hats, sunglasses and other accessories that you might find useful on the court.