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Franklin X-40 Performance Outdoor Pickleballs 100-pack Official Pickleball of USA Open Pickleball Championships USA Pickleball Approved and Pro Player Approved Founded in 1946, Franklin Sports is a...
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Franklin Pickleball Retrieval 12 Ball Tube BALLS ARE NOT INCLUDED Founded in 1946, Franklin Sports is a renowned brand synonymous with sports enthusiasts and professionals across the globe. Pioneer...
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3 Pickleballs in a Wine Bag Set of 3 outdoor pickleballs in the coolest pickleball bag you can find. What does that mean? Our pickleballs come with a neoprene pickleball bag that doubles as a wine ...
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Franklin X-40 Performance Outdoor Glow In The Dark Pickleballs Official Pickleball of USA Open Pickleball Championships USA Pickleball Approved and Pro Player Approved Founded in 1946, Franklin Spo...
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Franklin X-26 Performance Indoor Pickleballs 100-pack Official Pickleball of USA Open Pickleball Championships USA Pickleball Approved and Pro Player Approved Founded in 1946, Franklin Sports is a...
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Franklin X-26 Performance Indoor Pickleballs 3-pack USA Pickleball Approved for Indoor Play Founded in 1946, Franklin Sports is a renowned brand synonymous with sports enthusiasts and professional...
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Franklin X-40 Performance Outdoor Pickleballs 3-pack Official Pickleball of USA Open Pickleball Championships USA Pickleball Approved and Pro Player Approved Founded in 1946, Franklin Sports is a ...

Does using indoor or outdoor pickleball balls really make a difference? The short answer is yes, very much so. First things first, what makes a good pickleball ball? Pickleball balls are unique and specifically designed. Both indoor and outdoor pickleball balls are hallow, plastic balls with holes drilled into them. A wiffle ball would be the closest comparison to imagine.  In order to be legally used in tournaments, or to properly play pickleball casually, pickleball balls have certain requirements: number of holes, type of material, size and weight. However, indoor and outdoor pickleball balls are not identical in these requirements, so using the proper one for your games will make a difference. Pickle Ballers Hub only offers the highest quality of pickleballs and are approved by the USA Pickleball Approved.

Outdoor Pickleballs

About 2.9” in diameter and features a harder plastic build which is designed to withstand rough play outdoors on concrete and any other rough surface. The design is a hallow ball which keeps the pickleball lightweight, nobody would want to use a heavy pickleball. Outdoor Pickleballs have 40 holes drilled into the ball, these holes are smaller than the indoor balls. This eliminates the effects of wind A) slowing the ball and B) impacting its trajectory.

Indoor Pickleballs

About 2.9” in diameter and feature a softer plastic build and a hallow design that allows for incredible flight. There are 26 holes drilled into the ball and there are less holes than outdoor balls, but the holes are larger. Indoor Pickleballs are often easier to control!

Pickleball Hardness

Pickleball hardness is measured with the durometer hardness test. This is a test used to measure the hardness of materials, typically polymers (plastics). Materials are measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the softest and 100 being the hardest.

The most commonly used plastics for pickleball balls fall amidst a range of hardness on this scale. Here are a few of the most popularly used materials and their corresponding hardness. 

  • Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) – 40-50
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – 60-70
  • Polypropylene (PP) – 70-83
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) – 85-95

The harder a pickleball ball material (so in this case, the higher the scale rating), the better it will bounce. Since indoor pickleball balls are softer than outdoor pickleball balls, you will find that the outdoor balls have better bounce.

Indoor Pickleballs and Outdoor Pickleballs

Indoor Pickleballs

Outdoor Pickleballs

Material

Softer plastic build

Harder plastic build

Weight

~0.8 oz

~0.9 oz

Size (diameter)

~2.9”

~2.9”

Number of Holes

26 (larger sized holes)

40 (smaller sized holes)

Drag / Speed

More drag, slower ball speed

Less drag, faster ball speed

Spin / Control

More ability to control & add spin to shots

Less ability to control & add spin to shots

Durability

More durable

Less durable, prone to crack

Lifespan

Longer lifespan

Shorter lifespan