Recently I was at a pickleball tournament and I happened to look at the paddles available from one of the vendors. One paddle had a sticky tag that read, “Lefty.” I laughed when I saw it, knowing that paddles aren’t any different for right- or left-handers, and I said to the proprietor, “That’s cute.”
“It’s for real,” he said, and he proceeded to show me the grip on the “lefty” paddle.
If you look at the paddle in the first picture, you’ll see a typical paddle grip. Notice the way the spiral grip matches the angle of my fingers when I hold it with my right hand.
Now look at the next picture, which is the same paddle in my left hand. (I moved my thumb out of the way to show the grip better.) The angle of my fingers and the angle of the wraps are opposite, and it’s not nearly as comfortable.
I don’t know if any other manufacturers are going to begin offering left-handed grips for their customers, but you can always customize your own paddle by removing the existing grip and replacing it with a new one that’s wrapped in the opposite direction.
Gale Leach lives in Arizona with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. When not chasing fur balls, she's working on a new series of novels for young adults.