Pickleball 101 - The Basics

Before you touch a paddle or step onto a court, there’s some basic information worth knowing. Peruse the articles below to make your next pickleball session fun and fulfilling. Subscribe to the newsletter for consistent tips, drills, strategy & more.

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Doubles Play Rules

Basic rules for playing doubles.

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Singles Play Rules

Basic rules for playing singles.

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How to Keep Score

The ins and outs of scoring in pickleball.

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Equipment Essentials

Our top picks for beginner equipment.

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Dos and don'ts of pickleball serves.

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Basics of a well executed dink.

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Drop shot tips you won't want to miss.

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Secrets to game-winning lobs.

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5 types of volleys & how to use them.

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Gear for Beginners


How to select your first paddle, plus our top picks.

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Top indoor, outdoor & training balls.

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Court shoes are a must. Here's where to start.

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Portable nets and full court travel kits.

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What's Your Pickleball Rating?

Take our self-assessment quiz to determine your skill level & pinpoint areas for improvement.

Five Pickleball Rating Systems

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