Pickleball paddles have continued to evolve as the sport becomes more popular. In addition, designing pickleball paddles has become more competitive as brands strive to incorporate new and innovative technologies in order to outperform their competition. The research and development teams across pickleball brands are digging into technologies seen in spacecraft, jets, and other sports industries, and are designing equipment that makes the paddles of the present look like they can do your taxes while beating your arch-nemesis! In this article, our Paddle Experts outline some of the unique pickleball paddles in our sport today. Let’s 0-0-start it up.
When it comes to unique paddles, there’s a paddle that’s farther from the “norm” than ProXR’s The Story. Right out of the gate, this paddle offers a one-of-a-kind handle. Used in several other sports, the ax-like design provides a comfortable and unique feel. But, with a deeper look into The Story’s features, this paddle takes innovation to another level with two different hitting surfaces. One side of the paddle features a fiberglass face for power, and the other side is made of carbon fiber, a strong material that provides excellent control, feel, and durability. With the unique handle that pairs with the dual-material faces, The Story paddle can be described as one of the most-unique paddles on the market today.
Gearbox has never taken a backseat when it comes to the design and production of its paddles. Since day one, Gearbox has pushed the limits and strived to create unique paddles that never fall in line with “the standard” design. Gearbox’s CX14 is the epitome of everything Gearbox - premium paddles that are innovative and performance-focused. Gearbox designed the CX14 as a one-piece, 100% carbon fiber paddle, using the latest and greatest material in pickleball to create maximum durability. If you’re looking for a paddle that you can put through the wringer and depend on to perform, check out the Gearbox CX paddles.
The Flipshot was the first product to embrace the two-sided paddle, where one side of the face is textured carbon fiber and the other is textured fiberglass. The Flipshot offers the best of both worlds and allows you to personalize your paddle to your game style. Players that drive the ball with their forehand but often dink and drop with their backhand (or vice versa) find comfort in the Flipshot. When you use the Flipshot’s blue side (made out of textured carbon fiber), you can expect great feel, control, and touch. When you use the red (made from a textured fiberglass), expect to bring the heat and maximize your power or spin. If you want a paddle that steps outside the box but lands you on the podium, check out the Flipshot from Oneshot Pickleball!
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