Key Differences Between Tennis and Pickleball
It’s no secret that tennis and pickleball have a lot in common. After all, pickleball was created as a fun fusion of tennis, ping-pong and badminton back in the 1970s. But just like its name, there’s much that’s unique about this low-impact sport!
To help beginners feel more comfortable joining in the fun, CA pickleball coordinator, Duane Sinclair, explains what makes pickleball distinct from its famous cousin…
- Pickleball paddles are smaller than tennis racquets. Unlike textured tennis racquets with strings, pickleball paddles are either completely smooth or have air holes.
- Pickleball uses a small plastic ball, which means it doesn’t bounce as high as a tennis ball. It’s similar in appearance to a wiffle ball.
The pickleball serve
- While tennis requires an overhand serve, pickleball serves must be underhand.
- Picklers serve diagonally to the opposite side of the court.
- The pickleball serve is a simple motion that’s similar to bowling a ball. It’s much easier for beginners than the overhand serve in tennis.
The “no-volley zone”
- The no-volley zone (known by picklers as “the kitchen”) is a seven-foot area located on both sides of the net. The serve must clear this area. We can’t step into the kitchen when the ball is in the air, only when it bounces.
- The kitchen is a safety feature that prevents spikes from hitting players that are close to the net.
- Pickleball also has a unique two-bounce rule. After you serve, the returning team has to hit the ball after one bounce. Then, the serving team has to let it bounce once before hitting it back. After that, it’s game on! This rule is in effect at the start of every point.
Play pickleball at CA
If you’re ready to play, Owen Brown has six newly built pickleball courts waiting for you! To reserve a spot at Owen Brown, call Long Reach Tennis Club at 410-423-4120.