HEAD Shoes Offer Optimal Styles for Every Type of Court and Player

It used to be that many players relied on tennis or volleyball shoes for pickleball, but at long last there are finally shoes dedicated purely to pickleball. It’s not “one size fits all” either—depending on whether you play outdoors or indoors, prefer durability or speed, there’s an option available for you!

HEAD provides paddles such as the Xtreme and Radical, but their strong background in developing gear for other racquet sports has led to this reliable footwear. They’ve expanded their offerings to include three types of shoes that are adaptable to the various court types you may find yourself playing on and how much support you crave.

HEAD Shoes

HEAD Shoes (available in various colors)

The options available are called the HEAD Revolt Pro 2.5, HEAD Sprint Pro 2.0 and Revolt Indoor Court Shoe.

Tri-NRG System

The Revolt and Sprint Pro both use a design approach referred to as the Tri-NRG system. This includes:

Neutralizing, shock-absorbent properties

Rigidity from TPU shanks (supportive structure) to prevent rolled ankles

Generation of rebound from breathable, cushioned EVA (rubber-like) material

These shoes average around a weight of 12-14 oz and incorporate breathable materials into their design to allow for airflow and comfortable wear throughout games.

The Indoor Court Shoes include an:

Energy Frame which provides structural support, durability and reinforcements that protect the foot.

All the shoe types use a “Hybrasion” (high-abrasion) rubber formula which helps to prevent the breakdown of soles in high-stress areas. The herringbone tread pattern helps grip the floor, making them highly durable and slip resistant on any surface.

So how do you know which shoe is right for you?

Sprint Pro 2.0 Sole

Sprint Pro 2.0 sole with vents

HEAD Shoe Differences

There are a few primary differences between the three designs which may help you decide.

To start with the two outdoor options, the Revolt Pro 2.5 is an extremely durable and stable shoe with a bit of a wider fit. It’s ideal for players looking for a long-lasting shoe that will support their feet during every type of movement. It averages 13.7 oz in the men’s sizes and 12.4 oz in the women’s.

The Sprint Pro 2.0 is a lighter option that keeps the feet lower to the ground for quicker movements. The narrow fit creates a more form-fitting feel which supports a performance-based design that feels “locked in” during play. It weights approximately 12.9 oz in men’s sizes and 11.7 oz in women’s.

Overall, both shoes provide excellent support, comfort and style, but the Revolt Pro 2.5 a slightly better option for those who want maximum hardiness and stability, where the Sprint Pro 2.0 has a fitted feel that’s more suitable to consistent, fast movement.

These shoes have a fairly tough tread and come with a unique feature underneath the insole: a venting “sticker” that can be removed to allow for more airflow through the shoes, increasing their cooling capacity.

The Indoor Court Shoes are, of course, the best option if you need shoes that will grip wooden surfaces. The tread on these shoes is slightly stickier/softer than their outdoor counterparts to accommodate the slicker surface.

HEAD’s indoor option prevents slippage and has a high arch, making them an excellent choice for those wanting more support. They have a particularly thin mesh covering on the outside that makes them an extremely breathable choice.

They also happen to be the most light weight shoe offered by HEAD, averaging 11.8 oz.

HEAD Warranty

HEAD shoes come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty for defective material and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. This includes problems like the laces ripping or an improperly sewn tongue.

In addition, for the Revolt Pro 2.5 specifically, there is a 6-month outsole durability warranty to cover holes in the bottom of the shoe from standard court wear.

HEAD Shoe Warranty

To make sure you get the ideal fit, we recommend checking each product listing to see if you should size up or down depending on foot width.  You can try out these incredible shoes for yourself and experience how they can support your play by heading over to PickleballCentral store. We offer 30-day returns on unworn products (trying the shoes on for fit is acceptable!) so that you can ensure the right match.

Celebrate the 4th of July with These Patriotic Paddles and Gear

The 4th of July arrives tomorrow! Between celebrating independence, munching on BBQ and watching fireworks, picklers may want to take a look at these patriotic offering we currently have in stock.

If you want to show off some red, white and blue pride, take a look at the following goods:

Pickleball USA Shirt

Pickleball USA Shirt

Pickleball USA Shirt in Men and Women’s sizes

These shirts allow you to share your affection for pickleball and the U.S. all in one! Emblazoned with the word “Pickleball” but filled with the stars and stripes of the American flag, this is the perfect apparel to wear during your celebrations.

Liberty Pro 4G Paddle

If you want to represent American ideals on the court, you can’t get much clearer than a print of the Statue of Liberty on your paddle! The patriotic design is a wonderful fit for the 4th, and the Liberty Pro isn’t just a looker on the outside; it has a tough Nomex core and one of the widest surfaces available for an extra broad sweet spot.

2018 US Open Bantam TS-5

This paddle was created in celebration of this year’s US Open, and as such it has a brilliant red, white and blue design. The classy looks will make it stand the test of time for years to come. The TS-5 is a lightweight option that will keep you quick at the net and prepared to return any shot.

2016 US Open Bantam EX-L

Similar to the Bantam TS-5, this Bantam EX-L was also made to celebrate the US Open, but for the 2016 competition. Get in on this limited design before Paddletek decides to stop offering it. In contrast to the TS-5, this paddle features a medium to heavier weight for increased power without losing control.



USAPA Shirt for Men and Women

The USAPA is a major governing body for pickleball, and this design provides a great opportunity to support their work and country! The USAPA logo, of course, uses patriotic colors and can be placed atop a variety of different shirt designs to best suit your needs.

In addition to this particular option, there are many USAPA-centric pieces of apparel on the PickleballCentral website which may appeal to those hunting for similar color schemes.

We hope everyone fits in a few games of pickleball tomorrow and enjoys a wonderful day!

Choosing Pickleball Shoes

Please consider these three guidelines when choosing pickleball shoes.

  1. Use tennis shoes outdoors and volleyball shoes indoors (wood floor).
  2. Go light!
  3. Good-looking shoes compensate for lousy play.

People ask me whether we offer shoes made specifically for pickleball. We don’t, because they don’t exist. When Asics or Nike discover the demand, they will introduce “pickleball” shoes. Yet while the markings will be different, the shoes will not. High performing tennis shoes from any manufacturer are perfect for outdoor play, while volleyball or racquetball shoes are perfect for indoor play on gym floors.

Too often players wear tennis or running shoes for indoor play. Tennis and running shoe soles are designed for wear on asphalt surfaces; traction on gym floors is poor. Volleyball shoes are designed for traction on wood floors.

Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes should only be used outdoors!

Gym floors, especially when dusty, are slippery. Soft rubber soles provide traction. This is also a safety consideration. Additionally, soles used on rough surfaces like outdoor pickleball courts must survive lots of scuffing.  This requires unnecessary weight.

Remember the old adage for backpackers that a pound on your feet equals ten pounds on your back? While 3 pound boots were common 30 years ago, today you can find hiking shoes weighing less than 8 ounces. Studies have not shown that an extra ounce of weight on each foot equates one lost point in every game of pickleball, but I bet they would!

This seems to be more true now that I am in my 50s. I wear a pair of 16 ounce Babolat tennis shoes for outdoor training, and my legs feel the burden. When I played in the US Open a few weeks ago, I ditched the Babolats and donned my 10 ounce volleyball shoes and my did I fly!

Well, it felt like it. By the way, while outdoor shoes ought not to be used indoors because of poor traction, the opposite rule does not apply.  My volleyball shoes lasted through the US Open and the soles were gone!

For indoor play, look for volleyball shoes under 9 ounces. For outdoor play, 13 ounces is a good limit. These weights are for standard size shoes, so use your judgment. Hey, I can now repeatedly detect a 0.2 ounce difference in paddle weight, and it affects my play.  So a full ounce on each foot must be important! Pickleball is a game of ounces (or grams for our international friends). My favorite brand is Asics for both volleyball and tennis shoes. And oh the colors!

Beat up shoes

As long as your shoes aren’t in THIS condition, you should be fine! (Photo: Mudstock – University of Arkansas)

Which brings us to the final point: If an extra ounce of weight on each foot might equate to one lost point, a corollary is that the brighter the shoe, the lighter the player. Flashy and colorful shoes create the image of fast and svelte players. I found that plain white tennis shoes work great for gardening. Not on the pickleball court!

Okay, I confess to being a bit disingenuous here. I was wearing nice golf shorts and my flashy Asics on the court the other day, and someone commented that I looked pretty fashionable. It occurred to me that great fashion and a big smile compensate for some pretty poor play.

What are your favorite shoes? Would you suggest PickleballCentral offer shoes?

Naked Pickleball

Laguna del Sol Pickleballers

Laguna Del Sol is a clothing optional resort in Northern California.

Is fashion a big deal on the pickleball court? Shorts and an old t-shirt are the common pickleball attire in our neighborhood.  What matters more than fashion when playing pickleball is social chemistry. That’s the conclusion I came to after talking with Suzanne Schell, owner of Laguna Del Sol, a clothing-optional resort in Northern California.

Pickleball was introduced at Laguna Del Sol two years ago by two couples who discovered  the game in Arizona and brought it back home to share with friends at Laguna Del Sol. They taped off a portion of a tennis court, rigged up a net and started playing. This new sport attracted attention and soon spare paddles were made available for “newbies” to pick up and learn the game. To keep up with the growing demand, more courts were soon necessary. Just like new pickleball communities everywhere, there was concern from the tennis players around the issue of pickleball noise.   Now, two years later, there are four beautiful pickleball courts that are fully used every weekend with a group always waiting on the sidelines to play.

Laguna del Sol Pickleball Courts

Four pickleball courts at Laguna Del Sol located near the property line. The dirt field is the neighboring property. Laugna Del Sol is lush and green.

Laguna Del Sol is a family resort. Just like pickleball playing families across the USA, at Laguna Del Sol kids play pickleball with grandparents. The only difference is what people are wearing, or not wearing.

The friendly pickleball spirit combined with the freeing and equalizing effect of nudity tends to make for a very welcoming accepting pickleball community. The Laguna Del Sol pickleball group will regularly have pot lucks together after resort tournaments. They collaborated in purchasing and sharing pickleballs for the resort and have worked together to build several shade structures near the pickleball courts.

I asked Suzanne about playing pickleball without an athletic support for men or running bras for women. She said there are many variables in what people wear playing pickleball. Depending on the weather, the pickleball players are often a mix of clothed and unclothed people. On a cool day she may wear a pickleball t-shirt and when  she’s warmed up, she may take it off. Other days it’s very hot out and more people wear clothing to wick the moisture away from their bodies. Of course in the winter, everyone is clothed.

Pickleball is growing and more people look for resorts that offer pickleball.  If you’re in Northern California and looking for a place to play pickleball and a little adventure, consider a visit to Laguna Del Sol.  They have an orientation tour and you can purchase a day pass to try out a nudist experience. Laguna Del Sol also offers a variety of  overnight accommodations and RV and camping sites.

Laguna del Sol Pickleballers