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Pickleball v Padel - what are the differences?

Pickleball and Padel are similar racket sports, but they have several key differences. Pickleball is a slower-paced, control-oriented sport played with solid paddles and a perforated plastic ball on a smaller court, originating from the United States. Padel, on the other hand, is a faster-paced, power-oriented game played with solid paddles and a tennis ball on a larger court, with roots in Mexico and Spain

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The table below compares each of the main differences between pickleball and padel.

  Pickleball Padel
Origin United States Mexico/Spain
Court Size A standard pickleball court is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long (6.1m x 13.4m). This is the same size as badminton court, and smaller court compared to Padel. 10m by 20m (32' 10" by 65' 7")
Court Surface Hard court surface Artificial turf or hard court surface
Court Boundary no enclosure The court is enclosed on all sides by walls
Racket Solid paddle made of wood or composite material The padel racket’s surface is perforated, can be made of various materials.
Ball Perforated plastic ball A lower pressure tennis ball
Net Mesh net, 36 inches (0.914 meters) high, the net is 2 inches higher than for Padel. Mesh net, 34 inches (0.865 meters) high.
Scoring System Pickleball is played to 11 points, and you must win by 2 points. You can only win points when it is your serve. scored exactly the same as tennis format 15/0, 30/0, 40/0, deuce, advantage, etc. 
Serving Underhand serve. Underhand serve.
Gameplay Slower-paced, more control-oriented Faster-paced, more power-oriented
Ball Speed Slower ball speed Faster ball speed
Strategy Placement, precision shots Strategy involves both placement and power
Popularity Growing rapidly worldwide Very popular in Spain and expanding globally

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