When pickleball got its start, we used to play with wiffleballs. As the sport has gained traction, new equipment and balls are specifically designed to help players achieve their best scores. At Rhino Pickleball, we strive to bring you the most advanced pickleball equipment to help you enjoy the game.
Whether you're new to pickleball or an experienced player, you're sure to find the right ball to meet your needs here at Rhino Pickleball.
Types of Pickleballs
Rhino Pickleball offers a wide range of ball options for players of all skill levels. Whether you're playing indoors or outdoors, you're sure to find the perfect ball to meet your needs when you shop with us.
Our Revolution Series outdoor balls are rotationally molded for a seamless design allowing for the best accuracy and straightest flight paths. These balls are weighted for straight and fast shots regardless of wind conditions, with 40 precision-drilled holes.
The Revolution Series pickleballs are approved by the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), guaranteeing they meet official regulations for outdoor balls.
The Striker Series features outdoor pickleballs engineered for all-day play using superior PE materials. Their seamless design and precisely drilled holes offer balanced flight patterns and optimized performances so you can play your best game.
These yellow outdoor pickleballs are ideal for players of all skill levels and designed to meet official regulations, though they are not USAPA.
The Acme Fleet
Acme Fleet pickleballs are designed for outdoor use with a strategically smaller hole pattern to offer wind-cutting resistance. These balls are injection molded with enhanced welded seams to create elevated durability and resist seam splitting no matter how hard you play.
These standard-sized balls are USAPA and align with official regulations for outdoor pickleballs.
The Vantage Fleet
Designed for optimized indoor use, the Vantage Fleet of USA Pickleball–Approved pickleballs are tournament-ready. These brilliant lime green balls are injection molded with enhanced welded seams to resist seam splitting. The balanced two-piece construction helps these balls bounce easily on any surface.
These balls feature 26 larger, evenly drilled holes that offer the best control for maximum performance.
The Storm Series of indoor pickleball balls are available in a vibrant optic yellow color. These durable balls are engineered with the best PE materials and seamlessly designed to offer balanced flight patterns and excellent longevity for even the most aggressive games.
Storm Series balls feature precisely drilled holes and official measurements, so players of all skill levels can get a feel for indoor pickleball game play.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Pickleball Balls
While it may seem like a minor detail, the ball you choose each time you play pickleball can significantly impact how you perform and the results of your match. Pickleball is a sport that you can play both indoors and outside, and there are different types of pickleball balls designed specifically to offer the best performance in each environment.
Understanding the differences between indoor and outdoor pickleballs and the advantages each offers will allow you to make the best decision when selecting your ball before your next game.
Indoor pickleballs are typically softer than outdoor balls to control the amount of bounce when your ball comes in contact with indoor surfaces. These balls have a lower number of larger holes which makes them easier to control, but also generates a greater amount of drag. This additional drag may make it more challenging to generate speed and slam your indoor pickleballs.
The slight texture on the surface of indoor pickleballs allows players to give the balls more spin. Rallies using indoor pickleballs are usually longer due to the added bounce and greater control. Because of their softer construction, indoor balls are also generally quieter than outdoor balls.
Outdoor pickleball balls are generally harder than indoor balls and feature a smooth surface. Their 40 precise holes are smaller and spaced closer together to help maintain the straightest shots possible, even in windy outdoor conditions.
These balls come off the paddle harder and faster than indoor balls, which means they're often more difficult to control and require greater finesse to place accurately. Outdoor pickleballs are often louder than their indoor counterparts because of their harder surface materials.
Which ball you choose will depend on your usual environment and your preferences. At Rhino Pickleball, we find that most beginner players prefer indoor balls even in outdoor settings because they're more forgiving and easier to control. On the other hand, many serious pickleball players prefer outdoor balls — though not in an indoor environment — because they provide more power and a straighter trajectory.
Pickleball Ball Rules
As mentioned above, several pickleballs available at Rhino Pickleball are USA Pickleball–Approved for use in official competitions. This qualification means that these balls are in compliance with the ball standards spelled out in the USAPA official rule book. These standards ensure a fair playing field for all competitors.
To receive USAPA approval, both indoor and outdoor pickleballs must conform with the following metrics:
- A diameter between 2.87 inches and 2.97 inches
- A weight between 0.78 and 0.935 ounces
- A hardness of 40-50 on a Durometer D scale
- 26-40 evenly spaced, uniformly circular holes
- Materials that are smooth and molded with a uniform color
- Perfect roundness, with an out-of-round variance within +/- 0.02 inches
Balls that meet all of these specifications are good candidates for official approval, though not every ball that fits the description receives approval. Balls with USAPA approval must have branding printed on their surface for easy identification.
While it can be useful to practice with USA Pickleball–Approved pickleball balls, it's important to note that you can use whichever balls you prefer in most cases. In a competition setting, the tournament will typically select a particular approved ball and use that same model for all games.
Choose Rhino Pickleball for All Your Pickleball Ball Needs
Get the pickleball balls you need today by shopping online and placing your order with Rhino Pickleball. Contact our team online to learn about our products or speak to our experienced staff about which Rhino Pickleball balls are best suited to meet your needs.