Professional pickleball. It’s a pretty huge dill. See what we did there? But in all seriousness, while many consider pickleball to be primarily a recreational activity, there are many who make a great living playing pickleball professionally. In fact, the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) hosts annual tournaments where the biggest names in the sport dink it out for hefty purses. Not to mention the sponsorship opportunities available. And as the sport continues to grow, as will the professionals.
But who are these professional players and what kind of pickleball paddles are they using? How are they different from pickleball paddles for beginners and intermediate paddles? Why should you get a top-tier paddle when there are great pickleball paddles under $50? Our Paddle Experts answer all these questions and more. Let’s start with a breakdown of the top players in the nation and which pickleball paddle brands they use.
TOP FEMALE PICKLEBALL PROFESSIONALS
It’s only right to start this list with the most decorated female pickleball player in the United States, Simone Jardim. As one of the most recognizable names in the sport, Simone has been dominating the game since she began playing in 2015 and has won multiple triple crowns. Her signature paddle, which she used during her historic run at the 2018 US Open in Naples, the Prince Response Pro Middleweight was one of the first of its kind with its rounded shape.
Other notable features of Simone Jardim’s pickleball paddle include:
- Paddle weight of 7.8 - 8.3 ounces
- Paddle length of 15.75”
- Paddle width of 8.25”
- Large sweet spot with a fiberglass face
- Polypropylene honeycomb paddle core
Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters
This famous mother-daughter duo has been absolutely crushing doubles pickleball over the years. Their journey into the sport is one for the storybooks. For starters, they are the only mother-daughter team on the professional circuit and Anna Leigh is only fourteen years old! They recently shocked the pickleball community when the two of them upset Simone Jardim and Corrine Carr at the Florida Grand Slam. And which pickleball paddles did they use to do so, you ask? None other than the top brand of Paddletek. To be more precise, you can play like Anna Leigh by using her custom Paddletek Bantam TS-5 Pro Middleweight at your next match.
This one-of-a-kind design is where power and speed come to meet finesse. Other notable features include:
- Available in thin and standard grips
- Expanded playing surface with an extra-large sweet spot
- Standard paddle shape
- Paddle length of 16”
- Paddle width of 7 ⅞”
TOP MALE PICKLEBALL PROFESSIONALS
First things first, you can’t talk about professional pickleball players without mentioning Ben Johns. He was a young prodigy and currently the most dominant pickleball player in the nation. Ben is a 13 time Major Champion sponsored by none other than Franklin Pickleball. The Franklin Ben Johns Signature paddle is a heavyweight design with a fully composite construction.
Other notable features include:
- Elongated paddle shape
- Standard grip thickness of 4.25”
- Paddle length of 16.5”
- Paddle width of 7.3”
- MaxGrit technology designed to dampen vibration
- Manufacturer’s limited 90-day warranty
The best part? This is the same paddle that Ben used to complete the Triple Crown in 2021. You can’t go wrong with this model or any other Franklin pickleball paddle for that matter.
Next up on our list of professionals Tyson McGuffin and his pickleball paddle, the Selkirk Amped Invikta Middleweight.
A longtime pro, father to three, and five-time Major champion, Tyson is an unparalleled talent in the pickleball world. His paddle, manufactured by Selkirk Sports, is created for the pro by the pro. With a massive sweet spot and an elongated paddle shape, this model provides power, control, and accuracy. Other notable features include:
- Paddle weight of 7.8 - 8.4 ounces
- Paddle length of 16.5”
- Paddle width of 7.375”
- Fiberglass paddle face helps enhance spin
- Honeycomb paddle core ensures exceptional durability
- Manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty
As mentioned earlier, the number of professional pickleball players will continue to increase over the years. And with that, more pro models will be coming out in the near future. Within the next couple of years, we expect to see more and more professional players with their own pickleball paddle and can’t wait to carry them all.
Now, how are the above pickleball paddles different from beginner paddles and intermediate paddles? And why should you get a professional pickleball paddle when there are great paddles under $50? In short, these pro models have all been proven on the professional circuit of pickleball and are made with the highest quality of materials. That’s not to say you shouldn’t consider a beginner or intermediate paddle. There’s an option for every player at JustPaddles!
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