What is your current paddle?

A_Instead

Legend
Hello Team....
lets discuss our current paddles..

Mine is the Onix Evoke Premiere light weight with an added overgrip to bring it to mid weight..
it's a very impressive paddle with great control and feel..
I also have a Gamma Compass LH which I use from time to time...and have a Franklin Ben Johns signature model on the way from Santa...

I prefer longer paddles for the added reach and leverage...and the extra pop is always an added benefit...
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
My high-tech blade:
Found this on a tennis court some years back. Had been sitting there for several days. Might have been from a HS pickleball class.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Your poor elbow...
No elbow issue. I've really only played pickleball once so far. It was actually pretty hard on my lower back given my bad hip (limited flexion; needs replacement) and the difficulty with having to deal with a lot of low shots. The cold weather here is not helping either. No indoor places open in this area cuz of the very high covid threat here.
 

A_Instead

Legend
Yes... with pickle you have to go low...as you know...the Ball does not bounce..
Someday...if you get a chance....try a modern paddle...
Your wooden Blade is like playing tennis with a wooden racket..
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro - I had Paddletek create one for me at 8 oz with the smaller grip size, since I use an over grip.
 
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A_Instead

Legend
Wave pro feels great...but also feels very short. .
I have 2 of the 1st gen paddletek bantam e xl that I use from time to time outdoors. But they to feel short...
I keep them cause the are golden classics..
 

A_Instead

Legend
My club pro is sponsored by Gamma...so I can demo all Gamma models. My pb club has 300 members... play is on pause now due to CV 19 ...but should start back up in January..
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
-i got a UpStreet paddle!! (my first and only one)
-"say hello to my little friend"" scar-face quote!!!
-i went for the looks; gotta have some style!
-i would consider buying bison-padles next?!?!?!, but no need, since i dont play that much

-ohh, an FYI, this paddle is not legal for tournament play!,
-i guess it has "too much" power,, not sure i agree, ????!!!
-if you are playing/considering tournaments, you might wanna consider that fact!!
 

tennytive

Professional
^^^ looks nice.
I have two Paddleteks, Phoenix Pro (black), and Bantam EX-L, not the current design, but a few years old. Orange, gray, black, and yellow face. Both have full overgrips wrapped twice around and weigh over 8oz.
 

djNEiGht

Hall of Fame
Gamma Mirage with a tad bit of lead on the handle and at the top.
Head Extreme Lite with more lead than the Gamma (as I have a lighter static weight to start with).

I prefer the feel of the Extreme but still trying to dial in the weight.

lol...
 

A_Instead

Legend
I too have 2 of the original "P" Paddletek bantam e xl... A blue and a purple scheme...
Nice timeless paddle...but to short for my preference nowadays...
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Hello Team....
lets discuss our current paddles..
Niupipo USAPA Approved Graphite Pickleball Paddles w/ Carbon Fiber Surface, Polypropylene Honeycomb Core, Cushion Grip, Paddle Cover, in Blue. Picked up two for around $60 through azon.

 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Just moved from the Paddletek Sabre Pro to the Gearbox GX6 Power 8.50 ounce!

I own the GX6, 2 Sabre Pros, Paddletek Bantam EX-L, Paddletek Phoenix LTE, Selkirk NEO Composite, and Paddletek Arc. A couple of those I've given to my son, my wife, and my daughter so we can all play at the same time.

TripleB
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
I am itching to try a Gearbox paddle....many many users in my area..
Absolutely nobody in my area, although not a large area, uses a Gearbox paddle.

I took advantage of their demo program ($20, 4 paddles, for one week). Really loved both the GX6 Power 8.5 oz and the GX6 Control 8.5 oz (both play lighter than the weight). Finally decided to go with the one I had the best results (most confidence in)...GX6 8.5 oz Power.

Coming from tennis I've always gravitated towards longer paddles...that's why I tried the GX6 model over the GX5.

Wasn't sure the handle would feel long enough for my two-hand backhand but the paddle is so thin it works perfectly.

I tried the Gamma Compass LH because it has the longest handle I've ever found. I added lead tape all the way around the head to take it from 7.2 ounces to 8.2 ounces. I had a lot of success with it (especially in singles) but just didn't do well with it on touch shot - although I struggle in that area anyway. Absolutely fantastic power level with the Compass LH and it gave me easy access to spin (something I use quite a bit) - I could definitely use it as my go to paddle and not think twice; but I just had a better success from all areas of the court with my Sabre Pro and especially the Gearbox GX6 8.5 oz Power.

TripleB
 
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TripleB

Hall of Fame
I've gone towards a heavier set up but haven't tried a longer paddle.
How heavy have you gone and liked?

I thought 8.0 ounces plus an overgrip and headtape was my perfect weight until I tried the GX6 8.5 ounce. It's doesn't feel near that heavy...even after adding an overgrip and headtape (which brought the weight up 8.80 ounces), it still played lighter than my 8.50 ounce Sabre Pro. Not sure if the GX6 is more headlight or the thinness is part of the reason, but it is really quick through the air (yet extremely stable).

TripleB
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
^^^ looks nice.
I have two Paddleteks, Phoenix Pro (black), and Bantam EX-L, not the current design, but a few years old. Orange, gray, black, and yellow face. Both have full overgrips wrapped twice around and weigh over 8oz.
-haa i did that to mine also,
-in the first week, i threw on a fresh wilson progrip!!
-my orignal paddle grip was still brand new, but coming from tennis, that's just something i do!! :)(y)
-other people in the group saw it and were like ,"now that's smart!" haaaaa :D
 

A_Instead

Legend
I have a hard time using any paddle under 16 inches...I like/need the extra reach and pop of the extended length.. helps with wristy strokes..and dinks..
Long handled models are preferred... really like the Ben Johns paddle which BTW is sale at the moment at Total Pickleball at a great price...but I have no problem using paddles like the Gamma std Compass, ProLite Cypher Pro Black Diamond, (which is a great paddle) or the Head Radical XL.
 

gerryh

New User
Hello Team....
lets discuss our current paddles..

Mine is the Onix Evoke Premiere light weight with an added overgrip to bring it to mid weight..
it's a very impressive paddle with great control and feel..
I also have a Gamma Compass LH which I use from time to time...and have a Franklin Ben Johns signature model on the way from Santa...

I prefer longer paddles for the added reach and leverage...and the extra pop is always an added benefit...
The Onix Evoke Premiere is not a long paddle. After getting the BJ paddle what do you think now that you've had it for awhile? I used to play with the Evoke Premier and then switched to the Electrum Pro (really same shape & weight). Most recently I have been trying out the new Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro (16.5" paddle).
 

srvnvly

Hall of Fame
Tempest Reign Pro is due soon at TPB, I would go 8 oz minimum, like I did for my Tempest Wave Pro. Has anyone played with both and can compare them?
 

Lorenn

Semi-Pro
I'm starting to wonder if some day we're going to see "oversize" paddles like we do in tennis.
There are extremely different shapes, but there is a current range limit. There are illegal paddles in existence. Most players don't like the super large paddles anyways. Reduces swing speed. XL paddles quite a few players seem to like, but as mentioned before you are limited to seventeen inches. Players tend to eventually switch back to smaller paddles aa it helps with reaction time which tends to be key.
 

TripleB

Hall of Fame
Started having elbow problems with the Gearbox GX6 8.5 oz so I have moved to the Engage Elite Pro Maverick. I gave up a bit in the power department but have gained an incredible amount of touch, a bit more control, and better maneuverability, while giving up very little in the solid feel department.

TripleB
 

A_Instead

Legend
Have to watch your swing technique if you are getting elbow pain... perhaps you are using more of tennis stroke... which is a no no in PB..
 

A_Instead

Legend
For some old reason that I can't put into words.. Paddletek Paddles have a weird feel to me...I just can't predict or feel the ball as I can with others...
 

CHtennis

Rookie
So I had an old Paddletek tempest that was getting pretty used, so I tried a Selkirk Mach 6 since I have a 2 handed backhand and I have liked it, but I really liked my Tempest. So I go the Tempest pro and it has dead spots. Meaning like if I dont hit it in the center then it will not go as far or barely go anywhere. If I always hit it in the center it was fine, but now I had pretty much switched to the Mach 6 since it does not have any dead spots. Is that normal for paddles to have dead spots?
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
Anyone tried Harrow paddles? I know they left the market for a bit but are now producing paddles again. The older models like the Stealth, P230 and P220 are quite cheap on the Interwebs, $60-65. I love and use their squash and racquetball racquets and just getting into pickleball, so don't want to spend a ton. Thanks!
 
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