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(Joe Dinoffer is a master professional in the USPTA and PTR, has written 9 books, produced 22 DVDs, and has appeared on the Tennis Channel. His company www.OnCourtOffCourt.com manufactures training aids for tennis, pickleball, fitness, and yoga.)
Sound: Pickleball vs Tennis?
By Joe Dinoffer
Let’s face it, tennis can be conservative. Country clubs, all white clothing, and mostly polite soft clapping at tournaments.
Pickleball is louder. More people having fun in a smaller area than tennis. And, the sound of pickleballs hitting the paddle is startling to tennis players, who complain that “Pickleball is too loud!” This intrigued me, so we put it to the test and professionally recorded a pickleball hitting the pickleball paddle and compared it to a tennis ball strike. Surprise, surprise. PICKLEBALL IS 30% QUIETER THAN TENNIS!
But, there are other contributing factors, giving credibility to many tennis players’ complaints about pickleball being too loud and distracting to tennis players.
The pitch of the pickleball hit is higher – a different sound draws attention.
The pickleball court is smaller. Up to 16 pickleball players can compete in the same space as 4 tennis players.
Pickleball points average 9 hits. Tennis averages 3.
In pickleball matches the ball is in play nearly 30 minutes per hour. In tennis, it’s a maximum of 15 minutes, usually less.
The conclusion? Pickleball matches have at least 8 times as many pickleball strikes than tennis due to the increased number of players in the same area and the average length of each point, as well as the inevitable talking, laughing, and joking that is part of pickleball, setting it apart from tennis. The result is that pickleball IS a louder game, but NOT because of the sound of the pickleball hitting the paddle!
Will this fact change tennis to be more casual and fun? Let’s reconvene in the next year or two and find out. I certainly hope so. Fun = increased participation in BOTH sports!
Lynn Cherry, Owner
I wasn't around Pickleball very long before I knew I wanted to start a website about the game. That's because I became addicted to the sport in 2018 shortly after finding it when I moved to Connecticut from North Texas. When I saw the local recreation center had Pickleball, I looked up the sport on Youtube and thought I'm going to love this game! I hadn't played a racket sport in quite a few years because of my bad knees but I realized on the small court I could probably handle the movement. So, using my skills from when I played open-level racquetball and a couple years of tennis, I started playing and writing about the game. Contact Lynn Cherry
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SKULLU INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH LEADING RACQUET SPORTS
WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTOR - FROMUTH
skullU is proud to announce a major distribution deal with Fromuth that includes the brand’s platform tennis paddles, pickleball paddles, bags and accessories. skullU products will now be available to tennis shops throughout the United States.
skullU is a paddle brand founded in 2021, by leading paddle and pickleball champions, Juan Arraya and Patricio Misitrano. Arraya’s accolades include: APTA National Champion and Founder of the Fairwest Pickleball League, which boasts 1,400 players in its first year. Misitrano is the winner of multiple APTA National Ranking Tournaments and has recently written and designed the education curriculum for the PPTR.
Arraya: “We saw an opportunity to launch a company that offers high-quality paddles at an affordable price. Our cool and edgy paddles are second to none among professionals and weekend warriors alike.”
Misitrano: “We believe that pickleball and platform tennis will continue to grow. Our goal is to become one of the paddle sports leaders in the near future.”
Pros who currently play with skullU paddles include: Annica Cooper (platform tennis and pickleball), Jade Curtis, Roxy Erica, Martina Ondrejkova, Juan Arraya (platform tennis and pickleball), Patricio Misitrano, and Jeff Morneau.
Tango Sports LLC is the holding company that owns skullU, The Paddle Camp, and The Pickleball Camp. Tango Sports also organizes pickleball leagues and tournaments. In addition to the Fromuth deal, skullU has over 30 wholesale accounts and also sells paddles to players via its own site: skullupaddles.com. The growing product line includes 3 platform tennis paddles: The Blue, The Silver, and The Bronze. So far, skullU has one Pickleball paddle that comes in 8 different colors.