Platform Tennis Paddles

In northern climates, there are very few outdoor competitive sports not involving huge investments in equipment. These sports, like skiing or snowmobile racing, require snow too. You can’t play tennis or pickleball outside either. There is one outdoor sport for racquet sports enthusiasts, however. Platform tennis, with its chicken wire walls and heated playing surface, was designed to be played in the cold and only requires a ball and platform tennis paddle. This very social competition is a blast to play too!

Platform Tennis Paddles

In northern climates, there are very few outdoor competitive sports not involving huge investments in equipment. These sports, like skiing or snowmobile racing, require snow too. You can’t play tennis or pickleball outside either. There is one outdoor sport for racquet sports enthusiasts, however. Platform tennis, with its chicken wire walls and heated playing surface, was designed to be played in the cold and only requires a ball and platform tennis paddle. This very social competition is a blast to play too!

Is Platform Tennis and Paddle Tennis the Same?

This is confusing, but the answer is no.  The confusion arises from the fact that platform players will often use the two terms interchangeably. But the reality is these are two different sports with separate sets of rules, different court designs, and different specifications for their paddles.

Can Platform Tennis be played with a Pickleball Paddle?

Not if you want to play by the rules. The design specifications including size, shape and the use of holes make the paddles very different. In addition, pickleball paddles are lighter to react to the overall quickness of the game and the very different ball. Therefore, it would be difficult to play platform very well with pickleball equipment as well as against the rules.

5 Basic Specifications

  1. They cannot exceed 18 inches long. This means they are ALL 18 inches in length.

  2. Holes are allowed. No more than 87 can be included.

  3. Holes can be no larger than ⅜ inch in diameter.

  4. The paddle surface can be texturized to help generate spin. Grit is often added. The surface may not be curved or warped.

  5. Any color can be used unless it was made after January 1, 2018 when green and yellow were banned.

How do I Choose the Right Paddle?

See our Platform Tennis Buying Guide for detail. However the most important factor is the density of the foam used in the core of the paddle. 

  • Low Density: These paddles are lighter weight than other densities. These will help you generate power but are not that great for control. As a result, novices will often be best served with these.

  • Medium Density: Intermediate players or those who are experienced at other racquet sports like tennis will benefit from a balance of power and control found in these paddles.

  • High Density: These are heavier than most paddles and are great for providing control if you provide your own power at contact. As a result these are usually used by advanced players.

What About Grip Size?

All adult paddles are 4 ¼ inch sized but paddles for kids are made in size 4. Adults that need a bigger size should build up the grip with overgrips. See our Guide for information on overgrips.

When Should They be Replaced?

Annually. Changes in temperature from inside to outside or from car to court will impact the core. Also play will create dead spots and uneven shotmaking will result. Finally, regular innovation makes old paddles obsolete.


Tennisracquets.com is a great place to buy all your platform tennis necessities including shoes and gloves and other accessories. You will also find a huge selection of women’s and men’s apparel to help you have fun at all racquet sports. Need advice? Check out the Learning Center or call us! We are happy to help you be your best.