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09/24/2021

Best Pickleball Paddles

The Best Pickleball Paddles

If you have spent time on a pickleball court you have likely heard the question “what is the best pickleball paddle on the market?” Unfortunately, this question is a little more complicated than a one-word answer because it’s really all about you, the pickleball player! All pickleball players have different strengths, weaknesses, and preferences when it comes to their paddle. Because of this, we have put together a general list, in alphabetical order, of some of the best pickleball paddles! If you aren’t seeing your favorite paddle on our list, let us know you think it’s one of the best in the game!

Best Pickleball Paddles

  1. Armour HELIO Hybrid Carbon Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  2. Babolat RBEL Touch Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  3. Diadem Icon Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  4. Electrum Model E Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  5. Engage Pursuit EX 6.0 Thick Core Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  6. Franklin Ben Johns Signature Composite Pickleball Paddle
  7. GAMMA Hellbender Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  8. Gearbox GX6 Control Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  9. Head Extreme Tour Max Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  10. Onix Evoke Premier Composite Pickleball Paddle
  11. Oneshot Pureshot Carbon Fiber Brian Ashworth Pickleball Paddle
  12. Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  13. PB Pro Tour Force Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  14. Prince Response Pro Composite Pickleball Paddle
  15. Prokennex Ovation Flight Hybrid Pickleball Paddle
  16. PROLITE Rebel Pro Black Diamond Series Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  17. Selkirk Vanguard Hybrid S2 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle
  18. TMPR Expanse GXT Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  19. TOPP Viper Graphite Pickleball Paddle
  20. Vulcan V550 Hybrid Pickleball Paddle

Paddle Assurance

Breaking Down the Paddles

Armour HELIO Hybrid Carbon Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer -“This paddle has helped transform my game from a pure power player to a more balanced player. I still have the power I love from the baseline and slams, but I now have more touch and control than ever before because of this paddle.”
  • Touch, touch, and more touch. Due to its thick core, the Helio will give any player the control and touch needed for precise dinks. Ideal option for bangers looking to slow down their game! 

Babolat RBEL Touch Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • A fiberglass material for superior tolerance, control, and spin.
  • Speed and quickness make this paddle a top pick for players at the net. Using their quick reactions to separate from the competition, the Babolat RBEL Touch Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle is an excellent option for athletic players looking to control the net. 

Diadem Icon Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • Spin RP is Diadem's proprietary two-component polyurethane coating that allows the Icon to be the most spin-friendly USAPA-approved paddle on the market.
  • Harder paddle surface that will provide the power for the put-away shot. The Spin RP will provide a soft feel for dinks and drops, while not giving on slams or put away shots. A great option for players looking for an edgeless paddle with a softer feel while at the net.

Electrum Model E Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • Super-Gritty RAW Carbon Fiber
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “Creates a ton of spin. The reach is unmatched, covers almost every shot on the court, and is great for dinking. Makes for a powerful drive, lots of ‘pop’ off this paddle. The grip provides quite a bit of support.”
  • The Model E delivers extended reach, incredible spin, and power! One of the more versatile paddles on the market, an all-court attack! 
  • Used by pickleball pro, Collin Johns. Collin is currently ranked 5th in the world! 

Engage Pursuit EX 6.0 Thick Core Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • Proprietary Polymer Composite (Control Pro ‘Black’ Technology)
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “Very responsive and has helped my golf elbow.”
  • Unmatched power for a graphite paddle! Take a little off your swing and see the power. Great for players looking to finish points without sacrificing the much need dinking ability! 

Franklin Ben Johns Signature Composite Pickleball Paddle

  • Designed by pickleball pro Ben Johns, this premium quality paddle has been constructed to compete, and win, at the highest level.
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - ”The grit on the face of the paddle is unmatched. For $99, this paddle is a STEAL!”
  • Shines when attacking! If you are looking for a paddle to bring power to the court this is it. 

GAMMA Hellbender Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • Paddle Face Material: Textured Graphite
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - ”Love my HellBender!”
  • Enormous sweet spot giving the play a consistent shot wherever the paddle face is hit. Great for players looking to enhance their defense or slow down their game.

Gearbox GX6 Control Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • Carbon Fiber Edgeless Frame: Larger Hitting Surface Area, Reduced Mishits
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “The edgeless design on this paddle is super flashy and the paddle has an incredible look and feel. The whole paddle is responsive to shots because you do not have to worry about miss-hits from an edge guard.”
  • The edgeless design enhances the surface area of the paddle and allows for a true feel throughout all shots! 
  • Cuts through the air, giving it a lightweight, aerodynamic feel.

Head Extreme Tour Max Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • Endorsed by professional player Sarah Ansboury, Mixed Doubles US Open Champion
  • 4-star review from JustPaddles customer - “Excellent for control, touch, good spin. You can get good power if you have good form, timing, and technique.”
  • The diamond shape allows a player to dig out ground shots without scraping the playing surface. Creates an effortless dig and will not damage the edge guard of the paddle.

Onix Evoke Premier Composite Pickleball Paddle

  • Co-developed by Pickleball National Champions Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova.
  • 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.
  • Atomic13 Edge Technology will disperse any unwanted vibration and create a true feel throughout the paddle. Great for players with nagging elbow injuries.

Oneshot Pureshot Carbon Fiber Brian Ashworth Pickleball Paddle

  • Pro Model of Brian Ashworth
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “Pros Paddle!”
  • An all-court paddle with great responsiveness and feel. If you are looking to absorb an opponent’s slams, the Oneshot Pureshot is for you!

Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • The Tempest Wave Pro delivers unmatched accuracy, power, and forgiveness, allowing you to reach your highest levels of performance.
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “Mercedes of Paddles. Love this paddle! Total comfort and control.”
  • Control every game! This paddle will give a player ultimate control and forgiveness on all shots. Great paddle for an all-court player looking to add control and finesse to their game. Paddletek always comes ready to play! 

PB Pro Tour Force Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • This paddle gives you incredible FEEL, CONTROL, and SPIN!
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “The quality of paddle and performance you get from this paddle is insane. I have hit some of the hardest shots I have ever hit with this paddle.”
  • The gritty carbon fiber pickleball paddle face will give any player added spin and overall control on every shot.

Prince Response Pro Composite Pickleball Paddle

  • Simone Jardim used the Response Pro during her historic run at the US Open in Naples, FL.
  • The broad face of the Response Pro paddle allows players the chance to return any shot that comes their way with plenty of speed, control, and pop.
  • Innovation in the world of pickleball, due to its rounded shape. The paddle will give any player a sense of comfort and a lightweight feel.

Prokennex Ovation Flight Hybrid Pickleball Paddle

  • The Flight Series is the lightest paddle offered by Prokennex and results in lightning-fast reflexes and superb maneuverability.
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “The lightweight design has given me more paddle speed, which ultimately has helped me get better swings on more shots.”
  • Gives a player ultimate speed and agility on the court without taking away from the overall performance of the paddle.

PROLITE Rebel Pro Black Diamond Series Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • PROLITE's exclusive carbon fiber and vibration dampening system helps alleviate chronic tennis elbow and wrist pain through the dispersion of energy throughout every fiber of the paddle.
  • Noise Approved for Pickleball Communities
  • It is packed with power but has a soft touch and good control, making this paddle great for players transitioning from tennis.

Selkirk Vanguard Hybrid S2 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

  • Made in the USA
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “The colors are great and really show at the courts! Large sweet spot and great power. Can't thank JustPaddles enough! Got a free t-shirt out of it as well!”
  • Selkirk’s engineers developed a proprietary QuadCarbon technology with two layers of carbon fiber on each side, instead of just one. This unique approach delivers a paddle like no other that gives you ultimate consistency, accelerated ball velocity, an extra-large sweet spot, maximum spin, and a perfect feel! 

TMPR Expanse GXT Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • With slightly rounded edges the TMPR Expanse GXT Middleweight Graphite Pickleball Paddle will have an aerodynamic feel to make the weight feel feather-like at the net.
  • Will come with a graphite face for the ultimate control and feel in the GXT line.
  • Great for players who are always at the kitchen line, attacking their opponent with control and precise shots.

TOPP Viper Graphite Pickleball Paddle

  • The unique V shape reduces the overall weight of the paddle as well as allows players to gain more space for that two-handed backhand shot.
  • 5-star review from JustPaddles customer - “This paddle is slick looking and the sharper-edged corners help with providing a large sweet spot.”

Vulcan V550 Hybrid Pickleball Paddle

  • Paddle Face Material: Hybrid - Carbon Fiber V-Skin Surface and Inserts
  • Sweet spot positioned above the mid-point of the paddle face.
  • A great option for a player transitioning from racquetball or tennis.

From power to touch, there is a paddle on our list that is sure to work for you. Take your pickleball game to the next level with one (or a couple) of the pickleball paddles on the list above and become the king or queen of your local court. If you are undecided on which paddle to choose, reach out to our Paddle Experts and we can help find the perfect pickleball paddle for you! 

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