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Getting Hard to Find Equipment
Equipment, gear, apparel, and accessories are plentiful for the more popular sports. Sporting goods stores and department stores carry items for soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, hunting, and fishing. Depending on the size of the store, the selection may be limited, but items can still be found. Getting equipment for lesser known sports, like cornhole and pickleball, will be a bit harder. Websites dedicated to these sports can be found, and often offer items and products, or will provide a link to a site that does.
Information regarding pickleball, for example, can be found on the USA Pickleball Association website, or the International Federation of Pickleball site. The first thing a beginner needs to do is learn how to pick out pickleball paddles. Paddles are solid and are used to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, across a net. The game can be played against a single opponent, or in doubles teams. The ball is served underhanded and is hit just below waist height. The best place to start is ask players what type of paddle they prefer and why. If possible, borrow a paddle for a game or two to get an idea of how paddles handle. Paddles can be made of wood or composite materials, with a hitting surface of graphite or composite materials. Composites may include cotton fibers, resin, or fiberglass.
Things to consider are the weight, grip, and hitting surface. A heavier paddle requires more arm strength, and is favored by older players. Light hitters also prefer a heavy paddle. Hard hitters will want a lighter paddle to provide more speed to the ball. The size of the grip has a direct effect on the paddle face. A longer handle length shortens the paddle face, which may not work well for beginners or younger players. A thin grip is best for smaller hands. A thick grip provides more control over the paddle, and is cushioned. This is preferable for serious players. The hitting surface core options are composite materials, graphic, or aluminum. Aluminum is the standard core used for tournament play. Try swinging a few paddles around to find the one that feels best in hand.