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In order to use a paddle in a USA-sanctioned tournament, it needs to meet certain specifications. Carl Schmits, director of Equipment Standards for USA Pickleball, talks about how the paddle manufacturers push the limits and how the evaluation process has evolved.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Carl’s involvement in the first professional Pickleball tour
  • What is the equipment evaluation committee
  • How the Pickleball paddle approval process has changed over time
  • What are friction and deflection as it relates to a paddle
  • How paddle manufacturing has and is evolving
  • The concern about open throat paddles
  • How the number of paddle manufacturers has grown over the past five years

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