Since you’re reading this, I’ll assume you either play pickleball or are at least interested in learning more about this sport.
And if that’s the case, you may be wondering what the difference is between indoor and outdoor pickleballs.
Truthfully, there isn’t a huge one – but there are some key factors to know. So let’s take a closer look!
What are pickleballs and where did they come from?
Pickleballs are small, round balls that are used in a paddle sport of the same name.
The game is similar to tennis, but pickleball is played on a smaller court and with a lower net.
Apparently, they were looking for a way to stay active during the long summer months.
They combined elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis to create a new game that could be played indoors or outdoors.
The name “pickleball” comes from the fact that the game was “thrown together” like the local “pickle boat” crew race competitions.
What is the difference between indoor and outdoor pickleballs?
If you’ve ever been to a
But what’s the difference between these two types of pickleballs?
For starters, outdoor pickleballs are generally made of a harder plastic material, which can stand up to the elements without cracking or breaking or being impacted by wind.
Indoor pickleballs, on the other hand, are typically softer which is less likely to damage indoor surfaces.
In terms of size, outdoor pickleballs are slightly larger than indoor pickleballs, which helps them to travel further in windy conditions.
In addition, indoor
Finally, outdoor pickleballs usually have a more textured surface than indoor pickleballs, which helps players get a better grip on the ball in wet or humid conditions.
So next time you’re at a
|Indoor Pickleballs||Outdoor Pickleballs|
|Softer material||Harder plastic material|
|Larger and fewer holes||Smaller but more holes|
|Smoother surface||Textured Surface|
What are some of the benefits of playing indoor
pickleball vs outdoor pickleball?
Some people say that indoor
Others say that outdoor
Here are some of the benefits of playing both indoor and outdoor pickleball:
You don’t have to worry about the sun in your eyes or the wind messing up your shots.
The pickleballs also tend to bounce better indoors, making for a faster-paced game.
On the other hand, outdoor
The wider court gives you more room to make some amazing shots, and the higher bouncing ball means you really have to keep your eye on the game.
And, let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like smacking a
What is the downside of playing with indoor pickleballs vs outdoor pickleballs?
There are some distinct drawbacks to playing indoor
For one, indoor pickleball courts are usually made of hardwood or linoleum, which can be pretty slippery.
And if you’re playing with pickleballs that are new or have just been freshly waxed, they can be downright treacherous.
And while the sun can be a bit of an issue outdoors (especially if you’re trying to play an opponent who’s wearing white), at least you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty and gross from being cooped up inside.
So if you’re looking for the most challenging
So, there you have it- the major differences between indoor and outdoor pickleballs.
Do you have a preference? Let us know in the comments!
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