A Paddle is what you use to play DX-Ball with. You can move it with your keyboard or mouse. You use it to knock the ball upward and keep it from falling into the pit at the bottom of the screen. If the ball passes your paddle then you lose a life. When you start the ball is held above your paddle by a bolt of electricity. When you click or hit space the ball is released and starts going upward. Depending on how much speed or how many times the ball hits your paddle it will increase speed. Your paddle can be enhanced by various Power-Ups, but can also be affected negatively by certain power-ups. In Rival Ball: Tournament paddles are given names/titles, as well as each have distinct methods of play.