You finally got your dream pickleball paddle. It's the paddle you are excited to show off and also use to destroy your friends on the court. With all the game time you are about to put on your paddle it's important you know how to care for your paddle and ensure it has the longest lifespan. Let's face it, good pickleball paddles cost money and the cheap ones are ones you don't want to play with. Unless you're a sponsored pro, it probably doesn't make sense for you to use several new paddles every game! (If you're balling like that though I'm happy for you!!). Here at Court Pickleball we curated this list of tips to give your paddle the longest lifespan and keep you at your best playing!
1. Cleaning the paddle:
Taking the time to clean your pickleball paddle after each game is a fundamental step in its care routine. Use a damp cloth (or some use a magic eraser) to wipe away sweat, dirt, and grime, preserving the paddle's surface. Especially with outdoor play, the ball likely has come in contact with a variety of substances from dirt, to grass, to rocks and all all these may be stuck on the surface of your paddle. For persistent stains, you can use a mild soap solution but make sure to wipe it off as you don't want your paddle surface to be sticky. This may seem like a tedious task, but this will go a long way in protecting your paddles surface and maintaining that beautiful design!
2. Inspecting the Edge Guard (if you have one):
The edge guard is the unsung hero of your pickleball paddle, providing crucial protection against accidental hits and impacts. Let's face it, you've probably scooped up a pickleball from the ground with your paddle and accidentally scratched the edge guard before. Regularly inspect the edge guard for signs of wear and tear since if the edge guard breaks off you likely will want a new paddle. If you begin to see wear and tear on the edge guard you can reinforce it with edge guard tape. In fact if you want to be extra secure, you can preemptively cover your edge guard with tape. (We understand if you love the design of the edge guard and don't want to cover it up just yet!)
3. Storing your Paddle Safely:
Proper storage is often underestimated but plays a significant role in preserving your pickleball paddle. Invest in a protective cover or case to shield your paddle from dust, sunlight, and potential impacts when not in use. Avoid leaving it in extreme temperatures, as this can impact the materials and, subsequently, the paddle's performance and lifespan. We know it may be easier to leave your paddle in the car so you can play at any time but for those of you who live in extreme climates make sure to take it inside when it gets too hot or cold! 🥵 🥶
4. Maintain your Paddle Grip:
The grip on your pickleball paddle is your direct connection to control and comfort during gameplay. Regularly check the grip for wear and tear, replacing and cleaning it as needed. Ensure that the grip is securely fastened to the handle to maintain a consistent feel. A tight grip ensures your paddle responds accurately to your every move on the court. Here at Court, our paddles are moisture wicking to ensure a long lifespan but overtime don't be afraid to re grip the paddle!
5. Lifecycle Awareness:
Every pickleball paddle has a lifecycle marked by countless games, victories, and memories. Pay attention to subtle signs such as cracks, warping, or a noticeable loss of performance (dead spots). When these signals become apparent, it's a gracious cue to consider retiring your current paddle and welcoming a new one into your arsenal.
6. Rotate your Paddle during Gameplay:
During game play, rotate your paddle so you aren't always hitting from the same side. This will help distribute wear and tear across different parts of the paddle so one side doesn't fail faster. Both sides of the paddle are made from the same materials so this won't impact your gameplay. This simple strategy can make a significant difference in the overall durability of your pickleball paddle.
Taking care of your pickleball paddle is not just a routine; it's a commitment longevity and consistent play on the court. A well-maintained pickleball paddle isn't just equipment; it's an extension of your gameplay, enhancing your every move and shot.
Did we miss any tips? If so, share below! Sharing is what makes the pickleball community such an inviting and friendly sport. It's one of our favorite aspects of being part of the pickleball community :)