How to Apply Edge Tape to Your Selkirk Pickleball Paddles
How to Apply Edge Tape to Your Edgeless Pickleball Paddle
Are you looking to protect your pickleball paddle and extend its lifespan? Edge tape is a simple and effective solution that can help you do just that. In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of using edge tape, why we recommend it for edgeless paddles, and provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply it to your paddle.
What is an edgeless paddle?
An edgeless pickleball paddle is one that lacks the traditional edge guard found on most paddles. Instead of having a distinct protective rim around the edges, an edgeless paddle has a smooth, continuous surface from the face to the sides. This design is more aerodynamic, offers players a larger and more consistent hitting area, and reduces the chances of mis-hits.
Purpose of Edge Tape
Edge tape offers several benefits for your pickleball paddle:
1. Protects the paddle's edge from damage and wear, which helps to extend the lifespan of the paddle
2. Adds a visual element to the paddle, as edge tape is available in a variety of colors and designs
The primary purpose of edge tape is to protect your paddle's edges from scrapes, scuffs, scratches, and other types of damage that can occur during gameplay. While it's not absolutely necessary to use edge tape, it can be particularly beneficial for those who play with edgeless paddles. We highly recommend using edge tape on edgeless paddles because their edges cannot be repaired or replaced. Once the edges of these paddles are worn down and the core is exposed, the paddle's playability may be compromised. Wear and tear is not typically covered under our warranty, so avoiding wear is key.
Edge Tape Application Process
Applying edge tape to your paddle is a simple process. Follow these steps for a smooth application:
1. Clean the edge of the paddle with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris.
2. Peel the backing off the edge tape then stretch the edge tape to make it more malleable.
3. Begin to place the tape onto the edge of the paddle, starting at one end and smoothing it down as you go. We find that it may also be easier to stand the paddle upright and apply the edge tape from the middle first to ensure that the tape is applied evenly.
4. Once the edge tape is in place, use a small pair of scissors to trim any unwanted excess tape if preferred.
5. Take your time while applying the tape to ensure a clean and even application.
Limitations of Edge Tape
It's important to note that while edge tape can protect your paddle from minor damage, it's not armor and won't prevent all types of damage. For example, if you smash your paddle on the ground, wall, or other hard surfaces, the paddle can still break. Edge tape is designed to protect your paddle from minor court-contact accidents that occur during gameplay.
Closing Thoughts and Recommendations
In conclusion, edge tape is a valuable addition to your pickleball paddle, especially if you're using an edgeless paddle. Not only does it help protect your paddle's edges and extend its lifespan, but it can also add a unique visual element to your paddle. Give edge tape a try and see the difference it can make for your pickleball experience.