By: CJ Johnson | August 30, 2018 |

Playing Tip: Get a Grip on Pickleball Paddle Care

pickleball paddle careTaking care of your Pickleball Paddle is going to make it last longer and perform better. Paddles collect particles and body oils just as your sunglasses do. Grips get slippery and wear with time. Here are a few pickleball paddle care basics.

  1. Wipe the paddle face weekly with a mild soap and damp cloth.

It will look like new, and by removing the dirt and oils, you may gain more spin. A damp cloth works perfectly; paddles are not meant to be soaked.

2. Wipe the grip after each use with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.

Chances are you are working up a sweat on the courts and that perspiration is left behind on your grip. Over time it builds up and makes the grip slippery and harder to hold.

3. Grips don’t last forever!

They are inexpensive and easy to change. If your grip has gotten slick, it’s time for a change. Not sure how to do it? Check out this video from Gamma Paddles.

4. Take care when you celebrate

One of the great things about pickleball is the sportsmanship. It’s customary to come to the net, touch paddles and thank everyone for the game. Once in a while, some players get overzealous and paddles touch with a lot of force. A better way to celebrate is to turn the paddle around and touch the end of the grips. You still get to celebrate, and you know your paddle won’t be damaged.


Depending on how you care for your paddle, it should easily last 1-5 years and perhaps longer. Take just a couple of extra minutes before you toss it into your bag and give it a little love!

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CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)