If you like playing Pickleball and want to make your own paddle.
But, how to make a Pickleball Paddle? Okay, we are here to answer this question today!
But before that, bear in mind that you are not permitted to use your homemade Pickleball paddle for any official match.
So, if you are in the mood, this homemade paddle can be used in your backyard. So without wasting time on chitchat, let’s get into it.
What you need to make a Pickleball paddle?
Pickleball paddles can be made of many things, such as aluminium, polymer, nomex, and of course, wood.
But as you are making it for fun and let’s consider you will be using wood. Besides wood, you will also need the following items:
If you got these items, let’s get into how to make one.
How to make a Pickleball paddle?
Step 1: Outline the paddle shape:
The first thing to do is outline a shape of what your paddle will look like.
For this take a wooden sheet; you can use plywood that has 5-7 layers. The standard size thickness of the wood can be 3/8 of an inch.
And it can be any shape as long as the overall length and width do not exceed 24 inches.
But the standard width is 8 inches, and the length is 15.75 inches.
Within this shape, draw the outline with a pencil. While drawing the paddle outline, make sure to add an extra 2/3 inch of the handle with it. Besides that, make an outline for the handle too.
The standard length of the Pickleball paddle handle is 4.5-6 inches.
Step 2: Cut the outline of core:
In this step, you can use a scroll saw or a hacksaw blade to cut the paddle core based on its shape.
Step 3: Cut out the handle:
In this step, you can cut out the handle using the saw. The thickness of the handle wood has to be 40-50% more than that of the paddle core.
You will be attaching the paddle in between the notch of the handle.
Step 4: Cut a notch in the handle:
In this step, you have to cut a notch at the centre of the handle wood. Use the hacksaw blade to do that.
The thickness of the cut will be the same as your paddle cores’ thickness.
Because the paddle core will be attached to this handle notch.
Step 5: Attach the handle:
Now put some wood glue within the notch and attach the extended part of the paddle inside the notch. This will keep the paddle and handle attached.
To ensure that the paddle does not fly off when you are playing, you can also hammer two nails into the handle.
Step 6: Screw the hook:
Now that you have a Pickleball paddle structured, the next task is to attach a round screw hook to the butt end of the paddle handle.
This hook is used for smooth paddling action. And it is not a mandatory part of a Pickleball paddle.
You can avoid this step if you want.
Step 7: Sand the edges and surface:
Now that you have made a Pickleball paddle of your own, in this part, you have to sand the paddle surface and the edges with sandpaper.
It will reduce the roughness. The maximum roughness of the paddle can be 40 μm as per the regulation.
But who cares if you make the paddle for playing in your yard?
Step 8: Customizing with paint:
Take whatever paint you like and make a design if you want your paddle to look better.
Step 9: Attach the grip on the handle:
Now you can use a grip to cover the handle area or roll the hockey tape around the handle.
Hockey tape will enhance the tacky feel of the handle so that you can firmly and comfortably hold the handle.
FAQ on How to make a Pickleball paddle?
How long does making a Pickleball paddle take?
It depends on what type of material you are using to make a paddle. If you have all the materials and tools, then making a wooden Pickleball paddle will not take more than 2 hours.
Is a thicker Pickleball paddle better?
No, a Thick paddle will reduce the manoeuvrability. The thicker the paddle, the more energy it will absorb from the ball and the thinner paddle will give more “pop” to the ball. For getting power shots, standard thickness is best.
What type of wood should I take to make Pickleball paddle?
7-layer plywood made of maple wood is best for making Pickleball paddles.
Can I use a homemade Pickleball paddle in tournaments?
No, homemade Pickleball paddles are not allowed to play in any tournament or any official Pickleball matches. The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) prohibits the use of any handmade Pickleball paddle in tournaments.
Now, you know all the processes of making your own Pickleball paddle.
Buy all the necessary materials needed to make your own pickleball paddle and hit the ground.
Now you decide, whether you want to make it day 1 of your Pickleball career or just another day that you have wasted!
Remember, we regret all the things that we didn’t do, not the ones that we did.
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