Pickleball Court Surfaces

Guide to pickleball court surfaces

Similar to tennis courts, there are several options when it comes to pickleball court surfaces.

Court Surface Deconstructed

A court surface is comprised of a few layers: the base, an optional cushioning, and a color coat. Most outdoor base surfaces are concrete or asphalt, while indoor surfaces are usually reusing gymnasium floors. 

Outdoor Pickleball Court Surfaces

Concrete and Asphalt

The base layer is typically either concrete or asphalt. When using concrete or asphalt, you may also wish to apply a cushioning layer.  The added cushioning provides shock absorption which minimizes stress feet, joints, and the body.

Clay and Grass Surfaces

You can also play pickleball on a grass or clay surface.  Since the bounce is different on these surfaces, it can offer an extra challenge for players.  For clay courts, red clay is the traditional choice seen in tennis courts in Europe and South America.  Another clay option, Har-Tru, is becoming a popular alternative as it offers a more predictable bounce and faster pace.  Grass courts deadens the bounce of the pickleball and offers an even tougher challenge. 


Indoor Pickleball Court Surfaces

Often you will see pickleball courts setup within an existing indoor gymnasium.  These surfaces will typically be hardwood or rubber. This surface will be slicker than the outdoor concrete or asphalt surfaces.  These indoor surfaces provide more bounce and roll for the ball.  Use and indoor pickleball, which is softer and lighter, for easier play on gym floors.

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