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By: Tony Roig | February 5, 2024 |

The Beginner’s Guide on How to Play Pickleball

Pickleball has found a recent boost in popularity and in this video we’ll guide you on exactly how to play pickleball for beginners.

I’m going to guide you through the things you need to know before you get out on the courts so that you feel confident and comfortable the first time you go to play pickleball.

Let’s start with the pickleball court. It’s the same size as a badminton court. It’s 44 feet from the baseline all the way over to the other baseline, and then it’s 20 feet across. There’s no court difference for singles or doubles. And unlike tennis, pickleball doubles is the most popular form of is a sport.

Pickleball is played with a paddle. Don’t call it a racket. Most beginner paddles cost somewhere between $50 and $100, and you’ll see paddles go up into the several $100 range. But the good news is many places have paddles that you can use while you’re learning to play.

The most important thing are your shoes. You’ll find that pickle ball has a lot of lateral movement, and shoes such as walking shoes, running shoes, cross-training shoes, those are all built for forward motion. When you come to the court, you want a court shoe so that it supports you well you move from side to side. Most often, you’ll see tennis shoes or basketball shoes. But yes, there are pickleball-specific shoes.

The score in pickle ball has three numbers. The first number is my team’s score when I’m serving. The second number is the return team score or my opponent’s score. And the third number is which server I happen to be.

Watch the full video as we discuss more about appropriate dress code, the rules, and etiquette that you’ll want to know before you hit the courts.

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Tony Roig

Hola. Hello. Konichiwa. After 40 years playing tennis, I am now a full-time pickleball player and professional. As a 5.0 rated Senior Pro Pickleball Player and an IPTPA-certified Master Teaching Professional, my focus is on helping players like you learn to play their best pickleball. In 2016, shortly after starting to play pickleball, my friend Tom and I jumped into the highest division at the first US Open in Naples, Florida. That morning it became clear just how much there is to learn in this seemingly simple sport – a lifetime of learning if you so choose. Since 2018, I have been on a mission to share my knowledge of pickleball so other players can enjoy the game at a higher level and attain their pickleball objectives. When not studying or playing pickleball, I like to travel with my other half, Jill.