If your pickleball game seems weak lately, and you can’t figure out why, it might be time for a new paddle. Keep reading for tips on determining when it’s time to replace your paddle.

Jake Martinez

Jake Martinez

Founder of Dink and Dominate.

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It Can Last One to Two Years

A good quality paddle can easily last between one to two years for the casual player. If you’re on the court daily, you will be looking at a shorter window of three to six months. Pay attention to signs of wear like a softening core or chipped edges. Your paddle is like an instrument; when it loses its ‘tune,’ it’s time for an upgrade.

Standard Pickleball Paddles Last Anywhere Between One And Five Years

A pickleball paddle’s lifespan can vary depending on several variables, such as:

  • The frequency of use: Paddles that are used more frequently will deteriorate faster than ones that are used less frequently.
  • The level of play: Aggressive players may shorten the lifespan of their paddles by putting additional strain on them.
  • The kind of paddle: Composite material paddles are typically more resilient than wood paddles.
  • How well-maintained the paddle is: A poorly maintained paddle, such as one that is dropped or banged around, won’t last as long.

With constant use, a standard pickleball paddle can last anywhere between one and five years. However, based on the aforementioned conditions, some paddles may last longer or shorter.

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Harikrishnan A

Co-founder of Chess Easy.

Matthew Thomas

Chief Technology Officer at EcoMotionCentral.com.

If You Play Several Times A Week, It Can Last up to a Year

A pickleball paddle’s lifespan can vary significantly, depending on how frequently you play and the paddle’s quality. If you’re a casual player who hits the court once a week, a good quality paddle can last you anywhere from one to three years.

However, if you’re more of a pickleball enthusiast who plays several times a week, you might find yourself needing a replacement every six to 12 months. Of course, this is just a rough estimate. I’ve seen paddles last longer, and some that barely made it through a few months.

And remember, even if it’s not visibly falling apart, a paddle can still lose its pop over time. So, if your shots start to feel less powerful or less precise, it might be time for a new paddle.