Pickleball is currently the fastest-growing sport in the USA, and continues to increase in popularity due to its exposure on television & social media, the formation of professional pickleball leagues, and the low barrier to entry that allows anyone new to the sport to become successful relatively quickly.
It’s important to choose the right gift for the pickleball player in your life, and here you’ll find ideas ranging from clothing & shoes to paddles, bags, and training tools. Let's take a look at the best pickleball gifts you can get for yourself or a partner today.
20. TRX Rip Trainer
The TRX Rip Trainer is a unique & highly effective training tool that will enhance a certain movement pickleball athletes are required to execute quite frequently: rotation. Rip Trainers can be anchored to attachment points both in the gym and on the court. By doing so, pickleball exercises can be used by players to enhance rotational power and overall core stability in a highly specific fashion.
The TRX Training Club (more details listed below) includes several Rip Trainer workouts to help you get started.
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19. Joola Essentials Pickleball Paddles & Balls Set
Joola is a trusted and stylish brand for pickleball enthusiasts
The Joola Essentials Pickleball Paddles & Balls Set comes with a pair of paddles, a quality carrying bag, and balls.
This is a great option for recreational players looking to play with family or friends.
18. TRX Pro4 System Suspension Trainer
The TRX Pro4 Suspension Trainer is an incredibly versatile and effective piece of training equipment that every player should have in their bag.
The Pro 4 Suspension Trainer is a great tool for developing total body functional strength, power, stability, and mobility. It also comes with multiple anchoring solutions, to allow you to use it in the gym, hotel room, or directly on the court.
Be sure to also check out the TRX for Tennis 2.0 program for 6 weeks of tennis-specific training to take your game to the next level.
17. Pickleball Tutor Mini
The Pickleball Tutor Mini is incredibly valuable for solo training sessions on the court. It weighs only 24lbs, so it’s incredibly easy to pack in the car and bring to/from the courts.
Holds 55 pickleballs and has the ability to feed at speeds up to 50mph.
Available in oscillating and non-oscillating options, with external battery pack and AC power supply options available.
16. Selkirk Vanguard Power Air Invikta - Legends
This paddle is the culmination of two years of extensive research alongside professional Pickleball athletes and provides a combination of power and spin.
The preferred paddle for power players features a larger sweet spot than traditional power paddles along with an aerodynamic design
This paddle is best for intermediate to advanced-level players and those competing in singles.
15. TRX YBells
TRX YBells can be an excellent addition to a pickleball player's fitness routine. These versatile tools can be used as a kettlebell, dumbbell, or push-up stand.
When using the YBell, simply switch your grip to any one of the 4 options located on the bell to “change” your piece of equipment. This allows for limitless options in strength, HIIT, and cardio programming
YBell weight ranges anywhere from 10-44 lbs, and the stackable design saves space in a home or garage gym. Check out the TRX Training Club (more details below) for workouts featuring the YBell.
14. Theragun Pro / Theragun Mini by Therabody
Theragun describes itself as “The world’s best massage device,” this tool is a great gift for any tennis player. It’s been shown to decrease muscle soreness and fatigue, speed up recovery, and relieve pain and discomfort.
The Theragun Mini may be particularly appealing to pickleball athletes due to its size and portability.
Both options allow the user access to programming and personalized wellness routines on the Therabody app.
13. TRX Exercise (Mini) Bands
Performing a proper on-court warm-up is essential for improving performance and preventing injury. Because of the large amount of stress pickleball places on the lower extremities, activation of the musculature in the legs & hips is a particularly good idea.
TRX Exercise Bands are cost-effective, will take up minimal space in your bag, and offer a quick and simple way to prepare the glutes and other musculature surrounding the hips for the demands of pickleball.
12. TRX Strength Bands
Strength bands are another highly versatile, effective, and portable training tool that should be utilized by every tennis player.
My athletes will use the blue 5-15lb (1/4”) band for all shoulder strengthening & activation movements, and we’ll tie a green 15-30lb (1/2”) to an orange 35-70lb (1”) band for added length during tennis-specific footwork drills.
While you’re at it, grab yourself a TRX Bandit, a pair of attachable handles for your bands, to allow for even more options.
Wearbands are a unique, versatile set of wearable resistance bands that allow the user to place constant resistance/tension on the muscles of the lower body while training or competing unrestricted.
Wearbands utilize a belt and straps that attach resistance bands to the shoe and hip, providing continuous time under tension without restricting movement. The result is improved speed, power, and explosiveness.
10. Big Dill Pickleball Co. Balls
The Big Dill Pickleball Co. Relish Pickleball is built to be stronger and more damage-resistant than others, so you’ll be able to play match after match with your friends or family.
Big Dill Pickleball Co. is a reliable source for both indoor and outdoor pickleballs – they’re manufactured to exact specifications with machine-welded seams for added durability.
Outdoor balls are made of slightly heavier plastic for wind resistance and durability.
9. TRX for Pickleball Training Program
Level up your performance on the court with this training program designed for pickleball athletes by ATP Strength & Conditioning Coach, Justin Russ.
This program is in 3 phases progressing over 6 weeks and aims to improve work capacity, strength, and explosiveness while helping you stay on court pain & injury-free.
8. TRX Training Club Membership Subscription
The TRX Training Club is your source for live and on-demand TRX programming.
Here, you’ll find a variety of workout class options, featuring the TRX Suspension Trainer, Rip Trainer, YBells, and more, with several options for your experience level and training goals.
Reaction balls are uniquely shaped balls that cause them to bounce in random, unpredictable directions after impact. The result is an increased heart rate and improved reaction time. Perfect for getting warmed up before a practice or match, or for adding a new dimension to your cardio/footwork training.
Start with the larger ball, then progress to the smaller version once you’re ready for an additional challenge.
6. TRX Medicine Balls
TRX medicine balls are a great training tool for a variety of different goals, but particularly effective for pickleball-specific workouts because of the way they allow you to set up in the correct foot positions, load the legs/hips, rotate, and release the ball.
With my athletes, I’ll usually keep the weight of the balls relatively light, ranging anywhere between 6 and 10 lbs.
5. Asics Gel-Game 9, Gel-Renma
Asics is the leader of the pack when it comes to shoes specifically designed for racquet sport athletes.
Both comfortable and durable, these shoes are a great choice for the recreational athlete who’s playing multiple times per week.
4. Athletico Pickleball Pickler Backpack
Having a quality pickleball bag with plenty of space to neatly organize your gear really comes in handy when preparing for a morning practice the night before, and the Athletico Pickleball Pickler Backpack is just that.
There are many different types of pickleball bags – backpacks, duffel bags, totes, and it all comes down to personal preference.
This bag fits up to two paddles, includes a ventilated shoe compartment, has a clip-on mesh bag for your pickleballs, and holds two 32oz water bottles.
3. PickleUpper Pickleball Retriever
Having a pickleball retriever can save you time, effort, and back stress during practices.
The PickleUpper attaches to the handle of your paddle and makes it easier to pick up a pickleball without bending all the way down.
2. Drill Pickle Magnetic Surfaces Practice Wall
The Magnetic Surfaces Practice Wall from DrillPickle allows you to transform virtually anywhere into a pickleball practice session.
This is especially useful for those who enjoy solo practice sessions or prefer to stay at home and practice from the convenience of their own garage.
1. Vuori Pickleball Collection
Nothing better than gear that’s not only comfortable but also will have you looking good on the court. Enter, Vuori.
For men, my two favorite picks are the Pace Breaker Shorts which come in multiple colors, lengths, and an optional liner, and the License to Train Shirt.
For women, check out the BreakPoint Skirt and Micro Mesh Tank.
It’s important to consider the preferences & needs of the recipient when choosing the perfect gift for the tennis player in your life. This list should provide you with a diverse range of gift ideas to start with.