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Outdoor Pickleball Shoes

Racquet Network carries Calgary’s largest selection of outdoor pickleball shoes. In fact, we have the largest selection of court shoes of all kinds. Come in for a fitting with our experts and leave with the perfect fit for your feet. We are open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11:00am to 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm.


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Outdoor Pickleball Shoes


Shoe Selector For a full list of shoes in this category, please check out our ONLINE SHOE SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, width and price.
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Indoor Pickleball Shoes

Racquet Network carries Calgary’s largest selection of indoor pickleball shoes. In fact, we have the largest selection of court shoes of all kinds. Come in for a fitting with our experts and leave with the perfect fit for your feet. We are open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11:00am to 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Shoe Selector For a full list of shoes in this category, please check out our ONLINE SHOE SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, width and price.

Indoor Pickleball Shoes


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Asics Court Shoes

Racquet Network carries Calgary’s largest selection of ™ court shoes for men, women and juniors. In fact, we have the largest selection of court shoes of all kinds. Come in for a fitting with our experts and leave with the perfect fit for your feet. We are open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11:00am to 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Shoe Selector For a full list of shoes in this category, please check out our ONLINE SHOE SELECTOR. You can sort by sport, gender, brand, size, width and price.

Asics Court Shoes


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Pickleball Myth #1 – Paddles Have a Sweet Spot

WILSON TOUR BLX PICKLEBALL PADDLE
The Wilson Tour BLX pickleball paddle is one of our top selling models.
We used to keep track of the number of times that customers came into our store asking for a specific pickleball paddle because they heard it has “a bigger sweet spot.” However, it happened so often that we stopped counting long ago.

In fact, pickleball paddles do not have a sweet spot. The term “sweet spot” applies to stringed racquets. It is the part of the string bed that stretches to the maximum depth and then propels the ball forward using the stored energy in the strings. Since pickleball paddles are solid, they cannot have a sweet spot.

The closest one can come to a sweet spot on a pickleball paddle is the center of mass. The center of mass is a point representing the mean position of the matter in a body or system.

On a pickleball paddle the centre of massed is a fixed and mathematically definable point. It cannot be made larger or smaller. Therefore it is not possible for one paddle to have a larger sweet spot than any other.

In order to harness the maximum amount of mass and energy available on any shot, the striker must hit the ball with the paddle’s center of mass. The further away from the center that contact is made, the more energy will be lost.

Hitting the ball with the paddle’s center of mass becomes more important as paddles become lighter. Since lighter paddles have less mass, off center hits are weaker. The more off center they are, the weaker the shot becomes.

With heavy paddles, off center hits are less of an issue. If a paddle is heavy enough, even shots that come from near the outer edge of the paddle will still harness a significant amount of energy, which is exactly why we recommend heavier paddles for beginners.

Players who want to maximize the transfer of energy into the ball through a paddle’s center of mass will have to practice hitting the ball in the mathematical center of the paddle. Those who can only do this inconsistently (beginners) should opt for heavier pickleball paddles.

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Wilson Profile Paddle a Game Changer

WILSON PROFILE PICKLEBALL PADDLE
WILSON PROFILE PICKLEBALL PADDLE
The Wilson ™ Profile pickleball paddle has just arrived in Calgary and Racquet Network is already warning that it may be a game changer.

At 8.4 ounces (234 grams), the new Wilson Profile is perfectly placed in the sweet spot range for pickleball paddles, which is considered to be 7.5 to 9.0 ounces. It is also thicker than previous Wilson paddles, which makes it a more playable paddle that will be better suited for beginners and casual players. And finally, it features the same honeycomb polymer core that is found in the world’s best pickleball paddles.

“This paddle may be a game changer,” says Racquet Network’s founder, Brent Johner. “This paddle may permanently change the landscape of retail pickleball. It may put some of Wilson’s competitors out of business.”

So why this prediction from one of Canada’s foremost pickleball retail stores? What is it about this paddle that could shake up the pickleball industry?

“In a word,” says Johner, “price. This paddle is equally as good as most of the so-called premium paddles that sell for two and three times as much. Add to that Wilson’s one-year warranty and Wilson’s distribution capabilities and I can foresee this paddle becoming the top selling pickleball paddle in the world within 12 months.”

Wilson’s first foray into the pickleball market was not entirely successful, notes Johner. “Their original paddles were thin and brittle, so the failure rate was pretty high. Wilson stood behind these paddles and replaced every one that came back under a warranty claim, but the damage to the brand and to the retailers who carried them was pretty bad.”

The failures of the first generation of Wilson pickleball paddles allowed their competitors to brand them as Chinese-made junk, says Johner. “Whether that was fair or not, the label stuck.”

With the release of the new Profile, though, Johner believes that Wilson is about to shed that label for good. “This seems to be a quality paddle,” admits Johner. “They have made some really good decisions this time. It’s a half inch thick, which is good. It’s a polymer core, which is great. And it’s exactly the right price.”

While everybody else is going up in price, Wilson is coming down. “At this retail price,” predicts Johner, “Wilson is going to sell a ton of them.” All that remains to be seen is how satisfied customers are with it once they have it.


Wilson Pickleball Paddles