Pickleball is a racquet sport that was originally designed as a cross between tennis and badminton. The game was invented by Joel Pritchard in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
While indoor and outdoor pickleball can be played on the same court, they do differ in some ways. Indoor balls are usually lighter and less bouncy than their outdoor counterparts. These balls also have a different bounce pattern and flight trajectory. Outdoor balls are heavier and higher bounce than their indoor counterparts.
Pickleball is played with different types of indoor vs outdoor balls, pickleballs are often made to look like whiffle balls and their holes make them much lighter than the average volleyball.
The USAPA grants different specifications for the ball that is appropriate for indoor vs outdoor play. The differences include size, weight, bounce, hardness and number of holes. There is a wiggle room granted in these specifications to tailor the ball to various types of playing areas
Pickleball ball colors are all over the map, so you’re certain to find one you like. Yellow, orange and bright green are some of the most popular color balls.
Made from harder plastic
More heavy and less effected with wind
Smaller but more holes around 40
Allow for harder hitting
Will be harder in the cold, softer in the heat
Requires frequent replacement because of bounce on rough surface.
This ball is specifically designed for indoor court surfaces where the air is still.
Larger yet fewer holes about 26
Around 0.8 ounces weight
Goes soft on more usage
It’s prudent to always keep a spare ball ready for when you might lose one. Balls can get out of round and crack sometimes and it is wise to have backup of the same type/color of the ball.
Even though outdoor pickleball sets have a longer lifespan, they do wear and tear over time. When the ball becomes defective, if will either crack or loose round surface.
Indoor pickleballs on the other hand can become soft with more play and may need to be replaced.
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