Pickleball has been sweeping the nation since its creation in the ’60s. But what is it? Well, it’s kind of like if tennis, badminton, and ping-pong all had a baby. It’s a casual way to get fit or unleash your competitive side. And it’s played on something like a tiny tennis court with ping-pong-like rackets and a ball that resembles a whiffle ball.
You can play singles, doubles, or in a game mode that’s something like 4-square. And nowadays you can play pickleball at the mall in abandoned spaces there. Overall, it’s pretty fun.
But you know what isn’t fun? A hefty price tag on sporting goods. Luckily, we found sales, deals, and overall great value on the best pickleball gear at stores you know and love, like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, and Amazon.
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Best Pickleball Gear Starter Kits
1. Eccomum Pickleball Set with 2 Rackets and 4 Pickleballs
This set ($22.49, Walmart) is perfect for beginners looking to give the sport a shot without spending a lot of money. The paddles boast a carbon fiber surface for better ball control without a lot of added weight. The kit includes two paddles, four balls, and a carrying case. Walmart has offered them for as low as $17.99 in early January, so watch out for sales.
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2. Orca Echo Wood Pickleball Paddle Deluxe Combo Set
For an option made of wood, consider this set ($23.99, Target). It has two wooden paddles with grips, four indoor balls, and a carrying bag. The rackets are balanced and extra-large, making them easier to use for beginners. Use your Target RedCard for an extra 5% savings.
3. Franklin Rein 2-Player Pickleball Set
This set ($29.99, Academy) promises 7-ply wood construction for extra durability alongside nonslip grips for added comfort. Plus, you can use your Academy credit card for a 5% discount. Recognize the name Franklin from their influence in tennis? You’ll see them on this list a bit. In terms of affordability and quality, these guys are doing the dang thing.
4. Onix Pickleball Starter Kit
If you’re looking for introductory paddles, might we recommend these ($33.99, Walmart)? The set features two single-seam balls for extra durability and two wooden paddles meant for all ages and skill levels.
5. Monarch Pickleball Pack
Ideal for players in the beginner to intermediate skill range, this option ($34.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods) includes two paddles and two balls. The paddles are made of wood and feature a wrist strap. Note that you can get same-day delivery on these if you need them soon.
6. Rally Meister Beginner Pickleball Set
This family-friendly starter pack (39.99, Amazon) boasts 7-ply alternating grain wood construction on the paddles for kid-proof durability. And with an average of 4.5 stars across over 400 reviews? Amazing.
7. Xcello Sports Pickle Ball Set for Four
If you’re more interested in playing doubles, check out this 4-person starter pack ($42.95, Walmart). It comes with six balls and four seven-ply wooden rackets. And, even better, this set offers the least expensive option per person.
8. Zume Games Portable Pickleball Set
But what if you don’t live near a pickleball court? Consider this set ($54.99, Target) which includes a 12-foot net, two wooden paddles, a carrying case, and two balls. We recommend purchasing from Target for the best price, but you can also get it at Hibbett Sports for almost double the price.
9. Monarch Complete Pickleball Game Set
For just $4 more than the previous option, you can get this set ($59.99, Dick’s Sporting Goods) that has a 12-foot net instead. It also has two wooden paddles, two balls, a carrying case, and an instruction guide.
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Pickleball Paddles and Balls
10. Fila Accessories Pickleball Balls Indoor or Outdoor, 4 ct
We recommend these balls ($9.99, Amazon) if you often alternate between indoor and outdoor courts. Plus, they’re regulation size and weight with the preferred 40-hole design. Overall, a great option for more competitive players.
11. Franklin Activator Wooden Pickleball Paddle
For individual players, this racket ($11.49, Target) is a solid choice. Like with other paddles we’ve seen on the list, it’s made with seven-ply wood and a plastic rim for durability. Just note that it’s not meant for kids younger than eight.
12. CORE Pickleball True Aim Wooden Paddle
This paddle ($11.99, Amazon) is great for beginners because it has a larger sweet spot than a standard paddle. That makes it easier to aim your shots and increase power without sacrificing accuracy.
13. Franklin Sports X-26 Indoor Pickleballs, 12 ct
If you’re balling it up indoors, check out these balls ($27.99, Target). These 26-hole balls are the official weight and size for competitive play. Being made of EVA makes them more durable as well.
14. Franklin X-40 Performance Outdoor Pickleballs, 12 ct
Players who prefer the great outdoors will want to reach for these balls ($39.99, Hibbett Sports). They’re regulation size and weight with 40 holes. The real selling point for this ball is the rotationally molded design which boasts no seams.