Platform tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement -all on a chilly winter’s night.

The sport is played at private clubs, public facilities, and in backyards at both highly competitive and purely recreational levels. Because it is easy to learn, it is enjoyed by players as young as eight and as old as old bones allow.

Platform Tennis Equipment

You don’t need a lot of gear to play platform tennis, but there are a few essentials you will need to start with.  Obviously a paddle is crucial, as is a ball, footwear and court, but you might want gloves as you are playing in freezing temperatures, sunglasses as the sun is bright and low in winter and a bag to keep everything in.

To help, I have listed some great choices for each of these types of platform tennis equipment, or you can take a look at the detailed buyers guides in the review section.

Paddles

Unlike the majority of the racquet games, in platform tennis, we usually use paddles, and not the regular racquets with strings.

Graphite and Titanium platform tennis paddles have quickly become the standard for both recreational and competitive palyers. These paddles feature a molded, one piece design that absorbs the shock of hitting the ball in the head of the paddle instead of in the player’s elbow or shoulder.

SaleBestseller No. 1
WILSON Platform Tennis Paddle - Blade UL Gruuv
  • GRUUV optimizes spin and feel through angled holes that maximize ball contact on the paddle surface and allow edges to grab the ball more effectively
  • Lite Density Foam maximizes responsiveness in a lightweight composition to produce stronger results without suffering arm fatigue
  • No Grit Zone establishes unparalleled comfort by removing the rough grit texture from the bottom of the paddle
SaleBestseller No. 2
Wilson Xcel Smart V3 Platform Tennis Paddle
  • Beam: 19.5 mm
  • Core Type: Smart Density Foam
  • Head Size: 84 sq in

Balls

One more thing that makes this game stand out is that the balls used here are spongy and come with a flocking layer, and not a felt one.

The spongy, rubber ball measures 2.5” in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.

Bestseller No. 3
Platform Tennis Balls by Xenon, Bright Yellow for High Visibility, Superb Durability, APTA Approved, 2 Balls per Sleeve
  • DURABLE FLOCKING Xenon platform tennis balls provide excellent durability in both dry and wet weather conditions. Their resistance to balding results in longer wear, better bounce, control, and...
  • BRIGHT YELLOW Provides superior visibility and holds its color during extended games
  • PLAY LIKE A PRO The Xenon ball is honored to be the choice of multiple Grand Prix events as well as the 2024 National Championships
Bestseller No. 4

Shoes

Platform tennis is not just about paddles and a court, having the right footwear is a crucial part of winning and staying injury free.

As platform tennis is similar to other paddle and racket sports, finding a good pair of platform tennis shoes is actually a little easier than you might expect.  Shoes designed for badminton, pickleball, tennis or volleyball are all excellent choices and perform extremely well on a platform tennis court.

You need to look for a shoe with excellent ankle support as twisting ankles is a common problem as is impact, so make sure you choose a shoe with good cushioning.

SaleBestseller No. 1
ASICS Women's Gel-Dedicate 7 Tennis Shoes, 9, White/Amethyst
  • Durable synthetic leather toe overlays:
  • TRUSSTIC technology and wrap-up outsole: Improve stability
  • TRUSSTIC technology and wrap-up outsole: Improves stability.
Bestseller No. 2
adidas Women's GameCourt 2 Sneaker, White/Silver Metallic/White, 11
  • Women's tennis shoes with a padded collar and a durable outsole
  • BREATHABLE UPPER: Open mesh upper is breathable and flexible
  • LIGHTWEIGHT MIDSOLE: EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning
Bestseller No. 3
ASICS Men's Gel-Dedicate 8 Tennis Shoes, 10.5, White/Black
  • Durable synthetic leather toe overlays:
  • Solution dye sockliner helps reduce overall water usage by approx. 33% and carbon emissions by approx. 45%:
  • TRUSSTIC technology and wrap-up outsole: Improve stability
Bestseller No. 4
ASICS Women's Solution Speed FlyteFoam 2 Tennis Shoes, 9, Hazard Green/Reborn Blue
  • DYNAWRAP Technology: Enables better midfoot stability by keeping the foot centered on the shoe's platform.
  • FLYTEFOAM Technology: Provides lightweight cushioning.
  • FLYTEFOAM Propel Technology: ASICS energetic foam formulation that provides supreme bounce thanks to a unique elastomer compound.

Gloves

Winter is cold, there is no getting away from that, so keeping your hands warm is important to your game.  If you want to win, you need to keep yourself warm, especially your hands, this is the bottom line.

As the cold weather has such a huge impact on the sport, gloves and mitts have been designed to enable players to stay warm, keep their hands freely moving and improve grip on their paddles.

There is an excellent selection of platform tennis gloves and mitts available, and some players are finding that racquetball gloves are a very good alternative.

SaleBestseller No. 1
WILSON Sporting Goods WILSON Ultra Platform Glove - Large, Black
  • Silicone grip for optimal hold
  • Elastic wristband for superior comfort
  • Black
SaleBestseller No. 2
WILSON Ultra Platform Mitt - Black
  • Ultimate feel in any weather
  • Design makes two-handed backhand easier
  • Waterproof outer
Bestseller No. 4
XENON PADDLE Mitt | Cold Weather Platform Tennis | Waterproof | Windproof | Thinsulate Lining | Warm and Dry Hand | Stretchy Knit Cuff
  • STAY WARM Just because paddle is played in the winter, you don’t need to have cold hands while doing it! Constructed of a waterproof and windproof twill outside shell combined with a soft, comfy...
  • GRIP and CONTROL Compared to a glove, the paddle mitt allows your hand to still grip the handle for maximum control. It is designed for use on either hand.
  • ONE SIZE FITS MOST

Bags

If you have played any sport, you will know that you end up with a ton of gear to carry around from match to match.  Platform tennis is no different, especially as it is played in the winter months.

Platform tennis bags are designed to carry around everything you need, from spare paddles, balls, gloves, shoes, sweaty clothes, towels and shower gel.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Athletico Sling Bag - Crossbody Backpack for Pickleball, Tennis, Racketball, and Travel for Men and Women (Black)
  • REVERSIBLE SHOULDER STRAPS - Comfortable, padded shoulder strap easily flips between the LEFT and RIGHT sides. No matter which side you prefer to wear your sling bag, we've got you covered.
  • TONS OF POCKETS TO FIT EVERYTHING - Our sling bags feature 5 pockets and external water bottle holder. Main compartment can hold up to 6 pickleball paddles, 2 tennis or raquetball rackets, or up to a...
  • HIDDEN ANTI-THEFT POCKET & EXTERNAL WATER BOTTLE HOLDER - The hidden pocket on the back keeps the contents against your back when carried as a backpack so pickpockets do not have access to the...
SaleBestseller No. 2
ACESAK Tennis Backpack Tennis Bag for Women Men - Tennis Bag Holds 2 Rackets, Badminton Squash, Pickleball Paddles Balls
  • 【Insulated Pocket】The front cooler pocket of this tennis backpack is thickened with foam and combined with an aluminum layer, allowing it to keep cold drinks for hours. The easy-to-clean...
  • 【Large Capacity & Shoes Compartment】Main compartment with many little pocket make your items organized and easy to find. The front pocket has a keychain hook for your small items. This tennis bag...
  • 【User-Friendly】The racket compartment of this tennis bag features a padded divider shaped to cradle and safeguard rackets individually. The dual anti-slip zippers effectively anchor the tennis...
Bestseller No. 3
Xenon Platform Tennis Paddle Case | Carry Bag for Men & Women | Holds 1 Paddle | Side Pocket | White with Blue Logo
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Xenon Platform Tennis Paddle Case | Carry Bag for Men & Women | Holds 1 Paddle | Side Pocket | White with Blue Logo
  • Ideal Storage Xenon’s paddle bag easily holds it all! Designed to accommodate 2 paddles, this bag also provides carry space for your platform tennis accessories, keys, phone, etc. The case features...
  • Comfortable to Carry Transport with versatility and ease via 2 adjustable padded shoulder straps, 2 padded top grab handles, and 1 bottom grab strap.
  • Durable Construction Fashioned from high quality synthetic leather, this sturdy material resists damage from dry or wet weather exposure.
Bestseller No. 4
Xenon Platform Tennis Paddle Bag | Men’s & Women’s Backpack | Holds 2 Paddles plus Gear | Ventilated Shoe & Clothing Compartment | Padded Adjustable Shoulder Straps | Grip Handles | Black with Blue
  • Ideal Storage Xenon’s paddle bag easily holds it all! Designed to accommodate 2 paddles, this bag also provides carry space for your platform tennis accessories, keys, phone, etc. The case features...
  • Comfortable to Carry Transport with versatility and ease via 2 adjustable padded shoulder straps, 2 padded top grab handles, and 1 bottom grab strap.
  • Durable Construction Fashioned from high quality synthetic leather, this sturdy material resists damage from dry or wet weather exposure.

Platform Tennis Sunglasses

Platform tennis like regular tennis is an enjoyable sport to play in the sunshine, but unfortunately the sun can really, well, get in your eyes and ruin your game.  So a lot of players have a pair of tennis sunglasses ready at hand, so they can enjoy the sun and still play a great game of platform tennis.

The below eyewear is designed for racket sports and are safe to wear on the court.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Franklin Sports Pickleball Sunglasses - All Sport UV Glasses for Tennis, Pickleball, Cycling, Rowing + More - Athletic Shades with Headband + Carry Bag, Red
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND DURABLE: The lightweight polycarbonate frames and lenses are impact resistant and built to last season after season
  • UV PROTECTION: Perfect for protecting your eyes from damaging UV rays and preventing glare from getting in the way of your game
  • MULTI SPORT UTILITY: While these sunglasses are built primarily for court sports, they are also perfect for cycling, rowing, skiing, or any other outdoor sports
SaleBestseller No. 2
Tifosi Intense Golf Sunglasses Iron/GT lenses
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Tifosi Intense Golf Sunglasses Iron/GT lenses
  • LENS COLOR ➤ Green GT Golf Tennis - Shatterproof and scratch resistant (not scratch proof) lenses with 100% UVA / UVB protection from harmful UV Rays
  • LENS TECHNOLOGY ➤ Vented lenses increase airflow to help prevent fogging
  • ULTRA LIGHT FRAME ➤ Only 23 grams made of Grilamid TR-90, durable and lightweight for all day comfort.
Bestseller No. 3
Tifosi Optics Swank Sunglasses (Onyx Clear/Smoke Lenses)
  • LENS COLOR ➤ Smoke – Shatterproof polycarbonate glare-reducing lenses and scratch resistant (not scratch proof.) with 100% UVA / UVB protection from harmful UV Rays
  • ULTRA LIGHT FULL FRAME ➤ Only 23 grams made of Grilamid TR90, durable and lightweight for all day comfort.
  • FRAME TECHNOLOGY ➤ Integrated hinge never pulls hair, hydrophilic nose pads for increased gripping, and Tifosi Glide technology allows the frame to slide on comfortably and provide a no-slip fit
Bestseller No. 4
Tifosi Optics Track Sunglasses (White/Black, Smoke Bright Blue)
  • LENS COLOR ➤ Smoke with Bright Blue Mirror - Shatterproof and scratch resistant (not scratch proof) lenses with 100% UVA / UVB protection from harmful UV Rays
  • LENS TECHNOLOGY ➤ Optically decentered the sweet spot has been strategically shifted from the geometric center of the lens to the optimal position in front of the eyes
  • ULTRA LIGHT FRAME ➤ Only 23 grams made of Grilamid TR-90, durable and lightweight for all day comfort.

Platform Tennis Court

While tennis players love the game for a plethora of reasons, the best one amongst them is the one you can play year-round, even in cold times, owing to the elevated, and oftentimes heated platform that makes it a breeze to remove ice and snow.

Platform tennis— or “paddle” as it is affectionately called by players— has been enjoyed at country clubs and in backyards in the Northeast and Midwest for decades. Now, as avid players flock to warm weather communities, Advantage Paddle Courts is bringing the game to regions south of the snowbelt.

By eliminating the raised platform and installing the courts on concrete and asphalt pads you can reduce the height and, more importantly, the cost of paddle court installations.

Traditionally a winter sport, paddle can be enjoyed year-round and is especially appealing when the temperature dips, when other outdoor sports are less alluring. At 1/4 the size of a tennis court, a paddle court is a great recreational choice when space is limited.

Court Dimensions

The game is played on an elevated aluminum deck 1/4 the size of a regulation tennis court, a 60’ x 30’ deck with a 44’ x 20’ in-bounds area and a 34″ net.

Heating

The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, allowing for a heating system beneath the deck (propane, natural gas or kerosene.) The heating system melts ice and condensation off the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions. Most courts have lighting systems for nighttime play. While the official platform tennis season runs from Fall through Winter, the game can be enjoyed year-round.

Screens

The court is surrounded by a 12’ high superstructure with taut “chicken wire” fencing which allows play off the walls, as in racquetball and squash.

Perfect Community Sport

Since paddle is easy to learn and contained within screened walls, the sport is enjoyed by all ages and ability levels. More competitive than “pickleball,” more social than tennis… Paddle is the perfect sport for your home, club or community.

Two or more courts, with a small hut and patio for gatherings, make a wonderful recreational facility for a gated community.

Unlike golf courses and swimming pools, the low operating expense and minimal maintenance needs of a paddle facility are especially appealing to money managers.

  • A heavier racket would be more lasting, but harder to play with
  • A better-density paddle usually offers more stroke power because of the quick trajectory of the ball of your paddle face and the mass of your paddle
  • Paddles with high density are usually the first choice of players with well-versed hands on the ball and who want power from their paddle
  • While a paddle with lower density gives you more control, it offers you less power because of it absorbs the energy of the ball when the impact takes place. The lower density paddles are generally lightweight and are easy to move. Making it preferred for the people looking for paddles that can be swung easily, or people who are not very experienced and aren’t really concerned about the stroking power and more focused on the placement of their ball.

We’ve got the platform tennis equipment you need to ramp up your playing experience. Be it paddles to shoes, gloves to paddle accessories, we’ve got it all.