Anyone try the new Gamma Hellbender paddle?

A_Instead

Legend
Current using the Onix Premier light weight with overgrip to bring it up to std weight.. looking at the gamma hellbender as I prefer the feel of Gamma.. anyone have any experience with it...? Comparisons?
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
I wish Gamma made longer handles on their paddles; my preference is at least 5” (waiting for the that’s what she said ), and it seems all of their paddles have a grip length less than 5.
 

A_Instead

Legend
Yes...agree ... The compass LH is Good...but then you sacrifice Head real estate...
I have found success with the franklin Ben John's Signiture... best of both worlds...
 

A_Instead

Legend
By adding 2 overgrips added a lot of weight to the lower balance point.. should be whippy
..I too added heavier overgrip to my paddletek to make them more nimble...
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Yes...agree ... The compass LH is Good...but then you sacrifice Head real estate...
I have found success with the franklin Ben John's Signiture... best of both worlds...
Agree - the handle on the Compass LH is the longest in the business but the head of the paddle just seems way too small when you're using it...every time you have a mishit you wonder if that would have happened with a paddle that had a larger face on it.

I've upped my level of play since moving to the Gearbox GX6 Power paddle...very similar specs to the Ben Johns paddle except it's a very thin paddle (which I love - lightning fast and easier, for me, to get spin). 5 5/8" length handle, 16 5/8" length overall, 7 3/8" width.

Both Paddletek paddles of mine weigh 9 oz. Full over grips double wrapped over each.
My Gearbox GX6 Power 8.5 ounces weighs in at 8.9 ounces with two overgrips. It was extremely head light to begin with so with the added overgrips it is unbelievably whippy. It almost feels like an under 8 ounce paddle so you get the quickness at net but the solid feel of an 8.9 ounce paddle from everywhere on the court.

TripleB
 

A_Instead

Legend
I tried the prince quantum pro which is also a good one... Many folks in my area use gear box paddles.. I have now tried one...nice... Reminded me of my Pro Lite Blaster gen 1 core.. and basically many other pro lite paddles..
Just like Tennis rackets and strings...it's all about the feel...
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
I tried the prince quantum pro which is also a good one... Many folks in my area use gear box paddles.. I have now tried one...nice... Reminded me of my Pro Lite Blaster gen 1 core.. and basically many other pro lite paddles..
Just like Tennis rackets and strings...it's all about the feel...
I'm the only person in my area that uses Gearbox and only one other person that I know of has tried a Gearbox paddle!

Completely agree - you have to try as many paddles as possible to see what best fits your game and which paddle you feel most comfortable with.

I tried the Quantum Pro and here were my lasting thoughts: Positives...fantastic spin, nice control, only other handle (compared to GX6 and Sabre Pro) that feels comfortable for my two-hand backhand. Negatives...lack of power, lack of consistency across the paddle face compared to the Encore MX 6.0 (which I was trying at the same time). Of the 12+ paddles I've tried over the last 4 months the Quantum Pro would probably be my 6th favorite out of the bunch.

TripleB
 

A_Instead

Legend
BBB...
Isn't it strange how a simple "plastic" paddle can play so differently..
Some have dead spots and hot spots in the same paddle...
My Onix Premier is pretty uniform...
 
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