Pickleball vs. Tennis: Who's Louder? - The Battle of Decibels 🎾

As a former professional tennis player who transitioned to pickleball, I often get asked if pickleball is louder than tennis. The answer is not a simple yes or no, as there are a few factors that come into play.

Firstly, it's important to understand that both pickleball and tennis involve hitting a ball with a paddle or racket, which naturally creates some level of noise. However, the sound levels can vary depending on the type of ball, paddle/racket, and court surface.

In terms of the ball, pickleballs are made of a hard plastic material with holes, while tennis balls are made of a softer rubber material. This means that when a pickleball is hit, it tends to make a sharper, higher-pitched sound compared to the thud-like sound of a tennis ball. However, it's worth noting that the sound of the ball is not the only factor in determining the overall noise level of the sport.

The type of paddle or racket used can also impact the noise level. In pickleball, there are paddles specifically designed to reduce noise levels, known as "quiet paddles". These paddles are made with materials that absorb sound and have a softer hitting surface, resulting in a quieter game. On the other hand, tennis rackets are typically made of stiffer materials, which can create a louder sound when hitting the ball.

Another factor to consider is the court surface. Pickleball courts are typically smaller and made of materials such as concrete or asphalt, which can amplify sound. In contrast, tennis courts are larger and often made of materials such as clay or grass, which can absorb sound.

So, to answer the question, it's difficult to say whether pickleball is louder than tennis as it depends on various factors. However, if noise is a concern, there are solutions available such as using quiet paddles and choosing court surfaces that absorb sound.

In conclusion, while pickleball may have a sharper sound due to the ball material, there are ways to reduce noise levels such as using quiet paddles and choosing appropriate court surfaces. As someone who has played both sports, I can say that the noise level is not a significant difference between the two.

Nicolette Bailey
pickleball, tennis, coaching, sports psychology

Nicolette Bailey, a former professional tennis player, found her true calling in the sport of pickleball. Her extensive experience, spanning over 15 years in both sports, has imbued her with a wealth of knowledge she eagerly shares with others. Dedicated to enhancing the skills of fellow enthusiasts, Nicolette continues to contribute to the pickleball community with her insights and tips.