You gotta spin it to win it! Pickleball has long been known as a sport that at its core, wants to remain a game of patience and finesse with the classic bang-bang rally near the kitchen line. To keep the game from evolving to a sole focus on spin or power, USA Pickleball has limited the amount of deflection (power) and grit (spin) a paddle can have. And if we’re being honest, that’s one of the coolest things about pickleball. It’s not tennis, it’s not ping pong, it’s not racquetball - pickleball is its own unique game that’s pretty darn perfect just the way it is.
That said, there are definitely paddles that feel great spinning the ball. Our paddle play-testers have put together a list of pickleball paddles that excel in the spin category. So, if it’s true that you gotta spin it to win it, here are 10 paddles that you should take a deep look into, in no particular order!
Best Pickleball Paddles For Spin
Choosing a spin-focused paddle that meets your needs will often come down to what feels most comfortable for you and your game. However, there are some general rules you can follow to help find the best spin-paddle for you.
Things to look for when choosing a paddle for spin:
- Composite hitting surface (due to its gritty texture)
- Textured Graphite Surface
- Any paddle with “Grit” added to the paddle face
Could you be missing out because the pickleball paddle you're using may not be designed for spin? The answer is yes. There are specific pickleball paddles that will increase the spin rate on the pickleball! And for all you finesse and spin pickleball players out there, listen up.
Face Material: Carbon Friction
It’s no surprise that one of the best in the game (and perhaps best of all time) uses a paddle that performs well in the spin department. The CFS technology found on this Ben Johns Signature paddle utilizes a more advanced, durable, longer-lasting carbon-Flex 5 textured surface that maximizes RPM’s as you spin the ball over the net. Beyond that, the carbon friction surface harnesses raw power while providing control with top-notch spin. Need a spinner? This is a winner!
CRBN Pickleball Paddles (Any Model)
Face Material: Raw T700 Carbon Fiber
If you know spin, you know CRBN. The Raw T700 Carbon Fiber paddle face can be found on any of the CRBN paddles, ensuring that whichever CRBN paddle you purchase will have the same ball-turning spin potential. The gritty, carbon fiber face provides grip to the ball and plenty of spin on your serves, drives, and anywhere you need to cut the ball.
Face Material: Super Gritty Raw Carbon Fiber
It’s called “Pro” for a reason. The spin potential of the Electrum Pro paddle is as high as any paddle on the market. The super-gritty hitting surface grips and releases the ball with maximum RPM’s, allowing your topspin and slices to dominate the rally. And don’t worry, the gritty surface lasts and provides spin for many months after your first win!
Face Material: Proprietary Omni-Directional Friction Based Graphite
The Engage Pursuit Series sports a friction-based graphite hitting surface, which offers the best of two worlds, high spin rate and pinpoint control. With all of the Pursuit paddles proudly featuring the omni-directional friction-based graphite, you’re sure to get the same excellent spin from any of the Pursuit models.
Face Material: QuadFlex 4 Layer Hybrid Face
The Selkirk Power Air offers more than just power. Selkirk is well known for building paddles that offer power, control, touch, and always spin! The combination of spin with the hybrid face and Air Dynamic Throat make this paddle one of the most popular of the year. The gritty face and max swing speed potential create a fusion of extra oomph and a whole lot of spin.
Face Material: Etched Graphite Face
The Diadem Warrior Edge not only looks fantastic, it spins fantastic! The etched graphite grips the ball and provides maximum accuracy so that you know your serves, drives, and drops are landing between the lines. This durable face also provides longevity so you can confidently spin the ball where and when you want for many matches to come.
Face Material: Textured Graphite
MNSTR Power and MSNTR spin! The Graphite Skin of the MNSTR Power is a strong, gritty, lightweight material that allows for instant responsiveness, explosive power, and ultra spin. Strong in power, control, and touch, the MSTR Power paddle provides plenty of spin from anywhere on the court.
Face Material: Hybrid - Carbon with Diamond Frost Face
The grit on the PK Pro Flight is evident as soon as you pick up the paddle. Combine this gritty surface with the aerodynamic frame and you get a paddle that is spin-friendly, powerful, and maximizes swing speed. If you need a sleek paddle that can spin, drive, and rip through the air, the Pro Flight is your first-class ticket to the winner’s circle.
Face Material: DF Composite
Used by top players all around the world, the Evoke Premier features a durable and gritty composite surface designed for spin. The DF Composite face provides a consistent minimal coating on the surface to soften the ball without losing any spin or pop off the composite face.
Face Material: Reactive Fiberglass with UV Protection Graphics
It is no surprise that “power” and “spin” are in the name of this paddle. The ProLite Powerspin 2.0 features an updated reactive fiberglass face (grit) that allows for maximum spin, along with power and control. An overall great paddle, if you’re looking for spin, you shouldn’t overlook the Rebel Powerspin 2.0.
Face Material: 3K Woven Carbon Fiber
Gearbox has always been known for pushing boundaries with new and innovative technologies that take paddle performance to the next level. The 3K Woven Carbon Fiber face features less grit, but plenty of grab. Gearbox’s Hyper Bite Spin Technology offers more Ball Bite for Max Spin on Demand. The CX Series, from the 14E to the 11Q, is a must-see if you’re looking for spin.
You are probably thinking, "Wow, that is a long list of the best pickleball paddles for spin!" Well, you're right. There are a lot of pickleball paddles that are designed for spin and almost every brand has one for you. To recap, the biggest takeaways when looking at a pickleball paddle best suited for spin is looking for a face with a material that will grab the pickleball and control the shot. Stick to what works for you on the court.
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