How We Review Products

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How We Review Pickleball Gear at My Pickleball Authority

Welcome to My Pickleball Authoirty, your ultimate guide for everything pickleball! We understand that finding the right gear can be a game-changer. That’s why we take our reviews seriously, and yes, we do get our hands on many of the products we recommend. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we make our top picks.

What We Do

Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of our review process.

Verify Approval from Governing Bodies

We make sure each product has the nod from key governing organizations like the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP).

Deep-Dive Into User Reviews

We’re not just relying on manufacturer claims. We trawl through both glowing and not-so-glowing reviews to get a balanced understanding of each product. We sometimes reach out to reviewers to get even more in-depth insights.

Investigate Brand & Product History

We scour the brand’s history, including any recalls or controversies, to ensure we’re recommending companies you can trust.

In-House (On Court) Testing

Yes, you read that right! We personally test many of the products to see how they perform in real-world conditions.

Consider Various Skill Levels

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been playing pickleball for decades, we consult with experts to ensure our recommendations suit players at every skill level.

Challenge Marketing Claims

We sift through marketing materials to separate fact from fiction so you can know exactly what you’re getting.

Evaluate Price and Value

From budget-friendly to high-end, we explore options across different price ranges to give you choices that offer the best bang for your buck.

Review Shipping and Return Policies

Because nothing dampens the excitement like a delayed delivery or a complicated return process, we assess these logistical aspects as well.

Your Feedback is Our Treasure

Your opinion is invaluable to us. That’s why we have a feedback section in each article for you to share what you loved and what you think could be improved.

What We Don’t Do

Accept Sponsorships

Your trust is more important than any sponsorship. Our recommendations are never influenced by financial incentives.

Make Unresearched Recommendations

Every product that makes it to our list has been meticulously researched and often personally tested by our team.

Ignore Expert Advice

If seasoned players or certified coaches warn against a particular product, you won’t find it on our site, period.

In Summary

We hope this transparent look into our review process assures you that when it comes to pickleball gear, we’ve got your back. Your trust isn’t something we take lightly. So whether you’re a newbie looking for your first paddle or a pro scoping out the latest in pickleball technology, rest assured that our reviews are designed with you—the player—in mind. Your feedback is always a slam-dunk in our court, so keep it coming! Happy playing!

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Ken Kochman is the founder and chief editor at His aim? Very simple. Cut through all the hype and misleading advertisements so you can make the best decision for your pickleball needs based on your level of play.