Diadem Warrior Paddle Review

tennytive

Professional
Nice looking paddle and better level of playtesters this time. As a finesse player I appreciate seeing a more patient approach instead of the typical banging. Bob even hit an ATP!
The comment by Andrew about the grit wearing off was of interest to me as I suspect more paddles will adding this feature.
Pros are sponsored and can use a new paddle every day so it's no issue for them, but for the average club or rec player 10 hours seems way too soon to notice this happening, especially when these paddles price points continue to rise to over the cost of some tennis rackets. Any paddle will provide decent spin if the right technique is used, but making it easier is not a bad thing.
 

Frisbeepop

New User
Nice looking paddle and better level of playtesters this time. As a finesse player I appreciate seeing a more patient approach instead of the typical banging. Bob even hit an ATP!
The comment by Andrew about the grit wearing off was of interest to me as I suspect more paddles will adding this feature.
Pros are sponsored and can use a new paddle every day so it's no issue for them, but for the average club or rec player 10 hours seems way too soon to notice this happening, especially when these paddles price points continue to rise to over the cost of some tennis rackets. Any paddle will provide decent spin if the right technique is used, but making it easier is not a bad thing.
Losing grit is no issue with generating spin. I play with the warrior and previously to that, I wore a Selkirk Vanguard down to the white undercoat In the sweet spot. Neither have stopped generating spin or altering playability. I think the grit surface makes a minimal difference and technique is much more the thing for spin generation. Gritty surfaces do help with marketing though
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
I currently use the Selkirk Mach 6 MW, and would like to see reviews on the Gearbox C11E, new Engage MX paddles, as well as hoping the new Selkirk Vanguard v.2 is out with a review soon.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
new color for this paddle. Regardless of color, been curious about this paddle and other Diadem paddles. Anyone playing with the warrior?
 
I am a big fan of the new color. I played with the Warrior for a while during the playtest, and it's very unique. More on the control side than I was expecting, but if you can hit enough power to activate the middle nomex core, power is there. It has great touch for dinks and finesse. The uniqueness definitely makes it worth a try. It's my favorite paddle in the Diadem lineup.

-Andrew, Total Pickleball
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
@Total Pickleball Staff / Andrew
Thank you

Although it is the Warrior thread...do you have any insight on the other paddles in their line up? I am recently playing with the Head Gravity which I notice the softer touch. Other than that I had played most often with the Gamma Mirage (seems like a good combo of touch and power) and Head Extreme (leaned more towards power)
 

jonestim

Hall of Fame
I demoed when it first came out and really liked it, but held off after hearing about quality control in that first batch. Lots of breakage, including the demo paddle at my club and a few of the players. Some people have said the newer batches have lasted longer - but not a paddle I would buy used. Get a new one to make sure it is in the new batch and has a warrantee.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
I demoed when it first came out and really liked it, but held off after hearing about quality control in that first batch. Lots of breakage, including the demo paddle at my club and a few of the players. Some people have said the newer batches have lasted longer - but not a paddle I would buy used. Get a new one to make sure it is in the new batch and has a warrantee.
cheers
 
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