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How Long Does a Pickleball Paddle Last? Signs It's Time for a Replacement

Have you ever wondered how long your trusty pickleball paddle will last before it's time to retire it? Is it three months, six months, a year, or perhaps even two years? The truth is, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. The lifespan of your paddle depends on various factors, including how frequently you play, your playing style, the type of ball you use, and even where you play.

So, how do you know when it's time to bid farewell to your beloved paddle? Here are some signs to watch out for:

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Failing Edge Guard

If the edge guard of your paddle is starting to peel off or come undone, it might not necessarily mean immediate replacement. However, it could be a precursor to more serious issues like delamination.

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Chipped Edges

Chips on the edges of your paddle, usually caused by accidental impacts with the ground, are common wear and tear. While they often only affect aesthetics, if they start encroaching towards the paddle face, it could impact performance.

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Smooth Paddle Face

As you play, the texture on the face of your paddle will naturally wear down, resulting in a smoother surface. While this is inevitable over time, a significant loss of grip can affect your game and might signal it's time for a new paddle.

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Cracked Frame

Cracks in the paddle frame or face can compromise both performance and structural integrity. It's advisable to replace your paddle if you notice any cracks, as continued use could lead to further damage.

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Delamination/Core Crushing

Delamination occurs when the layers of the paddle face separate from each other or from the core, while core crushing happens when the core loses its rigidity and compresses too much. Both issues can affect the feel and consistency of your paddle, indicating it's time for a replacement.

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To prolong the life of your paddle, take care to store it properly, avoiding extreme temperatures that could damage its materials. Regularly inspect your paddle for signs of wear and tear, and don't hesitate to replace it when necessary to maintain optimal performance on the court.

Remember, the lifespan of a pickleball paddle varies for each player, depending on several factors. By paying attention to these signs and taking good care of your equipment, you can ensure that your paddle serves you well for many games to come.

So, next time you're on the court, keep an eye out for these indicators, and if it's time for a new paddle, Selkirk sport has got your back! 

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