Confused when it comes to which new trendy activity to choose for fall 2022?
Fret not, because we’ve discovered that pickleball is the newest and hottest sport to try, causing quite the uproar on social media and beyond.
The sport, similar to tennis, badminton or an expanded version of ping pong, reaches extreme popularity this summer and fall. It is played on a court similar to tennis, with a lower net and a smaller court. Instead of tennis rackets and balls, swap them out for a flat paddle and a plastic wiffle ball and you have a game, waiting for a partner.
According to the official American Pickleball Sitethe sport began in Seattle, Washington in 1965, adorably by a group of dads trying to entertain their kids in the summer.
Well, mission accomplished guys, because now the sport is super popular among dads and Gen Zs too, proven by trendy paddles, cute outfits, and plenty of TikToks explaining the game to the younger generation of gamers.
Whether you’ve played it once and fell in love with it, like in the viral video above, or you need a good idea for a double datepickleball is for you, according to TikTok.
You don’t need too many to get started, so we’ve compiled a checklist of the best paddles, carrying cases and outfits to pair with your new pickleball obsession in 2022.
The Best Pickleball Paddles
1. Nettie paddles$80
Grab your paddle and find a net! Nettie sells fashionable and stylish paddles and other pickleball accessories that will stand out on the court. This is a fun women-owned business with the love of sports at the heart of their collections.
The best part of any day is playtime. Get out there and play pickleball with these paddles from Recess Pickleball. They feature fun and exciting designs, with options for adults and kids to keep the whole family amused.
3. Orca Paddle Co. Pickleball Paddles, $24
Grab a partner, then check out this pair of paddles. These are from Amazon and the set is very affordable with two paddles and four balls for $24.
4. Monarch Pickleball Pack$35
Get this pickleball pack and all you’ll need is a partner and a pitch to get started. The set is sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods and comes with two paddles, two balls and two straps.
Are you pink team or blue team? This is a great couple’s set that comes with two premium quality paddles and two matching covers to protect them while they’re in your pickleball bag.
Celebrate good vibes and great play with this fun paddle. Sold at Devereux, this Good Vibes Vapor paddle is made by Harlow Sports, now part of their new line of pickleball apparel.
The best pickleball accessories:
Now that you have your top paddle, get a bag to match. This one from J. Crew is part of their new pickleball collection, with options for a white or blue tie-dye pattern perfect for summer and fall.
2. Sports pickleball bag$189
Make sure no one takes your bag with this monogrammed case from Mark and Graham. The sporty bag is available in navy and white and has the option to monogram the bag for an additional $12.
This one is sweet. This pickleball bag is picked fresh for you by Tangerine Paddle, with options in a range of fun colors for the court.
4. Franklin Sports Outdoor Pickleballs, $26
It may seem obvious, but you’ll need a few before you play ball. This is a great pack, as it contains 40 plastic balls for $26, sold on Amazon now.
Bring the game with you, no net needed. This set from Wilson is a great option for those who want to have pickleball pickup play on the fly. The kit comes with all the parts you need to set up a net, whether it’s on your driveway or on real terrain.
6. AUCH 5-Piece Moisture Absorbing Overgrip Anti-Slip Tape, $10
Protect your hands and master your game with this fun tape. This five-pack features bright, fun colors that also protect your hands and absorb sweat when your game heats up.
The best pickleball outfits:
Play every day in this comfortable and sporty dress. The outfit is available in a crisp white color as well as black or a bright lime color to match your pickleball perfectly. Note that there are options for straight sizes as well as extended sizes, from XS to 3XL.
Represent your new pickleball club, via the new collection at Devereux Threads. We love this selection, with an embroidered pickleball logo and a lightning bolt on the chest.
3. On the Roger pump$190
Turn on your game and make sure you have the right shoes to do it. You can wear good quality tennis shoes or court shoes for this game, which is why we love the On brand. The Roger exists in both Men’s and Women’s sizing, making it a one stop shop for all your teammates.
Keep sweat out of your eyes so you can focus on the game with this all-sport visor. The lululemon visor is a great unisex option, designed for men and women who love to game. It comes in three colors and two sizes, with an adjustable back for an even more personalized fit.
5. 1st Dibs Pickleball Jewelryprices vary
Alright, so you don’t really need it for the game, but we think it could be your lucky charm for every game. Shop the new pickleball collection at 1st Dibs for a beautiful pearl paddle and ball necklacea matching bracelet with a diamond where sterling silver paddle and ball necklace.
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