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Outdoor Pickleballs

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you have your brand-new paddle from so you are ready to hit the court. But wait - first you better make sure you have a couple of outdoor pickleball balls and then you really are good to go.

Indoor Pickleball Balls vs. Outdoor Pickle Balls

The USA Pickleball Association sets the standards for both outdoor pickleballs and indoor pickleballs but does not dictate where balls are to be played. Therefore, particularly for recreational play, the best pickleball balls are the ones you like best. You can play with either kind of ball in any location.

The Outdoor Ball

Since outdoor balls are exposed to wind, sun and highly abrasive pickleball court surfaces, manufacturers specifically design them with smaller holes. But to make them as playable as possible, they compensate by putting in more precision drilled holes.

Most brands argue they use extra durable plastic so that casual play and those approved for tournament play will hold up over time. But balls for outdoors will probably last a bit longer due to the smaller holes.

Indoor Pickleballs

The best indoor pickleballs will tend to have fewer but larger holes since indoor pickleball does not have to worry about the elements and the court is often smoother. Indoor balls will last quite a while too, but they are more likely to crack.

Who Makes the Top Pickleball Balls?

Quality Outdoor Balls

Since the pickleball ball is carefully regulated by the USAPA, several brands have really stepped up to make approved, quality products. They include Franklin, Penn, Baddle and Wilson among others.

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