How To Hold A Pickleball Paddle Like A Pro: Tips & Techniques

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Pickleball is an exciting and fast-paced sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It can be played both indoors and outdoors with a variety of different paddles. Knowing how to hold your paddle correctly is key to playing well; it affects your power, accuracy, ball control, spin potential and serves. In this blog post we’ll look at the best way to grip a pickleball paddle for maximum performance.

The Continental Grip

The most popular grip used in pickleball is known as the continental or ‘hammer’ grip. To achieve this position you need to wrap your dominant hand around the handle so that all four fingers are on one side and your thumb is resting on top of them on the other side – similar to how you would hold a hammer when using it for work. This grip gives the player greater control over their shots by allowing them to hit quick drop shots or powerful drives depending on which angle they use more force from. The continental grip also lends itself well towards serving as players can switch up their serve quickly while still maintaining good contact with the ball throughout its entire motion towards its target area.

Forehand/Backhand Grips

When executing forehands/backhands during play different grips tend to work better than others depending upon what type of shot you’re trying to produce (e.g drive vs chop). For forehands players generally keep their index finger along one edge of the paddle while their other three fingers wrap around below it creating an oval shape in order to generate power behind each shot while still providing enough precision when needed – particularly useful when aiming for corners or tight spaces between opponents . On backhands many players opt for two slightly different grips – either using a traditional backhand where all four fingers are placed below opposite edges (with thumbs often remaining above) giving more control through slower acceleration during swings OR alternatively curving those same 4 fingers around part of top edge giving added strength but reduced accuracy due to increased speed generated through swinging motion .


Learning how best to hold a pickleball paddle will take time but once mastered should provide plenty rewards in terms of improved technique , power generation & overall enjoyment from playing game! Different strokes require different grips so make sure practice regularly & experiment with techniques before developing own style suited towards own strengths & preferences !