Hi Claire! I'd be happy to offer some advice on selecting pickleball paddles for beginners and seniors.
For beginners, there are a few key features to look for in a pickleball paddle:
Weight: A lighter paddle (typically between 6-8 ounces) can be easier to maneuver and control, making it a good choice for beginners.
Size: Pickleball paddles come in different sizes, but the most common is 8 inches wide by 15-1/2 inches long. A larger paddle can offer more surface area for hitting the ball, which can be helpful for beginners.
Grip size: A comfortable grip is essential for good paddle control. Most paddles come with a standard grip size, but some brands offer options for smaller or larger grips.
When choosing paddles for seniors, it's important to consider any physical limitations they may have. A smaller grip size can be easier for seniors with arthritis or other hand/wrist issues to hold onto. A lighter weight paddle can also be easier for seniors to handle.
As for specific brands, Selkirk and Gamma are both well-regarded in the pickleball community. However, there are many other quality brands out there as well. It's ultimately a matter of personal preference and budget.
I hope this helps! Enjoy playing pickleball with your neighbors.
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