If you’re just getting started with pickleball and are looking for a paddle to quickly get you on the court to see what this sport is all about, we wish you luck! This is the beginning of what will most likely become a healthy addiction that consumes your Spring, Summer, Fall, and maybe even some Winter evenings. With that said, let’s get back to buying quality pickleball paddles for under $50.
When buying a pickleball paddle, there are a lot of factors you’ll want to consider. Generally, the more expensive the paddle, the more specific you will likely become when choosing it. But for now, we recommend taking a look at these three categories to get a quality, well-rounded paddle for a low price. Remember that choosing the perfect paddle can be subjective and so they are listed in alphabetical order below.
Choosing a reputable pickleball brand is always a good place to start.
It’s important to understand that less expensive paddles won’t always have the most premium materials. Checking out materials like graphite, carbon fiber, fiberglass, composite, and other high-end materials will offer everything you need in a great paddle.
Some less-expensive paddles are made of wood or cheaper metallic materials, making the paddle very heavy. When looking for an inexpensive paddle, consider finding a paddle within 7.0-8.5 ounces to maximize the versatility of the paddle.
Pickleball Paddle options under $50 (in alphabetical order).
Utilizing the same HMT fiber as the higher-end Riptide line, the Diadem Hero is lightweight, easy to swing, and offers everything a new player needs to compete. The thick edge guard prevents damage as you battle. An 8 mm honeycomb core provides ample feel and touch, and power will be easy to come by with a fiberglass hitting surface. The next pickleball champion starts here!
- Paddle Weight: 7.6 (+/- .25) oz
- Paddle Face Material: Composite HMT Fiberglass
- Paddle Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb
The GAMMA Quest has a fiberglass hitting surface and a polypropylene core - two characteristics found in many $200+ paddles! It features an average weight of 7.80oz and is considered a middleweight pickleball paddle, the most-popular weight class in pickleball paddles. The GAMMA Quest is an affordable paddle that is a great option for players looking to get into pickleball or play at a high level without breaking the bank!
- Paddle Weight: 7.8 (+/- .25) oz
- Paddle Face Material: Fiberglass
- Paddle Core Material: Polypropylene
Looking for an aerodynamic, lightweight paddle to bring to your court? The Oneshot X Lightweight Composite Pickleball Paddle is the paddle for you! This is a great option for any player looking for an affordable, maneuverable option that offers touch and feel. The classic paddle shape will give you the comfort of a traditional pickleball paddle, and with a fiberglass hitting surface and a poly core, you’re getting a true “player’s paddle.”
- Paddle Weight: 7.2 - 7.3 oz
- Paddle Face Material: Fiberglass Composite
- Paddle Core Material: Polypropylene
The PROLITE Bolt features a carbon fiber face and a polypropylene honeycomb core. The slightly textured surface helps spin the ball. This is a terrific pickleball paddle for players of any style and level. The hitting surface is powerful and textured to help maximize spin. For those playing in a neighborhood, the soft poly core also offers quiet play.
- Paddle Weight: 7.4 - 8.0 oz
- Paddle Face Material: Carbon Fiber with textured Polycarbonate
- Paddle Core Material: 10 mm Polypropylene Honeycomb
If you need any further assistance choosing a paddle, we’re here to help! Do you have additional questions? Reach out to our Paddles Experts today. They are standing by and ready to help you find the right gear. Give them a call at 866-382-3465, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to live chat. Don't forget, we're JustPaddles and we're with you from Click To Court.