Key Things to Consider When Buying a Paddle
Graphite or composite?
Graphite paddles have a hard surface similar to tight strings on a tennis racket. These paddles are recommended for touch and placement accuracy.
Composite paddles typically have a little more power like loose strings on a tennis racket. Composite paddles have a softer touch and feel, and typically you can generate more power.
Pickleball paddles range in weight from 6.0 - 12.0 oz. ATLPBA recommends that most women players consider a paddle that weighs between 7.4 - 8.0 oz, and men should consider a paddle that weighs between 7.7 - 8.5 oz.
Small is between 4 - 4 1/8 inches
Medium is 4 1/4 inches
Large is 4 1/2 inches
ATLPBA recommends that women consider the small grip circumference, and men consider small to medium.
Ultimately, the paddle you choose should feel good in your hand.