Pickleball Magazine 4-2 WD - Page 48

Pickl e ls a e e r g i d Have a M ost players take it for granted that the pickleballs they use will have a consistent bounce, last a long time and not go out of round. Franklin Sports, Dura, Onix and Gamma manufacture their own line of top- notch pickleballs. I sat down with Adam Franklin to learn how the balls are made. Adam explains a rotational molding process whereby the optic yellow plastic powder is poured into a round mold, which is then enclosed, evenly heated and 46 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 888.308.3720 OR GO TO THEPICKLEBALLMAG.COM consistently spun for an extended period of time. “The rotation ensures that the balls come out of the mold truly round and evenly weighted 100 percent of the time," he says. The cavity mold is then dipped into temperature-controlled cooling water so the ball hardens evenly. The durability of the ball is controlled by the chemical formula of the powder. Next, the balls are placed into a machine that drills the holes called the Four Roto process. The spider look-alike machine has 10