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  • Paddle Weight: 7.9 - 8.3 oz

  • Paddle Face Material: Composite/Fiberglass

  • Paddle Core Material: Polypropylene

  • Paddle Shape: Elongated

  • Paddle Length: 16 1/2"

  • Paddle Width: 7 3/10"

  • Grip Size: Thick - 4 1/2"

  • Handle Length: Long - 5 3/5"

  • Core Thickness: 16 mm

  • Colorway: White/Red | Black

  • Constructed with MaxGrit technology designed to dampen vibration for optimal control and precision play

  • Designed by Pickleball pro Ben Johns, this premium quality paddle has been constructed to compete, and win, at the highest level

  • The polypropylene paddle core is built for durability and effortless shot making while the fiberglass surface layer ensures a larger sweet spot in the center of the paddle for flawless contact and increased control

  • Manufacturer's 90 Day Limited-Warranty Policy: 90 Days from the original date of purchase with accompanying proof of purchase (i.e. receipt or order confirmation).

  • USAPA Approved

Franklin Ben Johns Signature Heavyweight Composite Pickleball Paddle

This is the same paddle that the number 1 player in the world, Ben Johns, used to complete the Triple Crown in 2021 in Arizona.

Paddle Benefits

The Franklin Ben Johns paddle features a fiberglass hitting surface and a polypropylene core. This is the official pickleball paddle of Ben Johns. The textured hitting surface helps provide spin and reduces vibration. This paddle is USAPA approved. The traction a player can get off the fiberglass hitting surface is designed to increase control and spin rate.

This is a durable pickleball paddle with a large sweet spot. This particular model is a heavyweight model with an 7.9-8.3 oz weight range. This model also features a thicker 16mm core.

Warranty

Franklin offers a manufacturer's limited 90-day warranty against any manufacturer's defects. The 90 days is from the original date of purchase and is valid with an accompanying proof of purchase(i.e. receipt or order confirmation).

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Love but tennis elbow Rhonda Fink Intermediate

Pros: Great feel

Cons: It has given me tennis elbow though

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Great Paddle John Intermediate

Pros: The grit on the face of the paddle is unmatched. For $99, this paddle is a STEAL

Cons: None as of right now

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Best Bang for your buck George Intermediate

Pros: This paddle is unreal. The grit on this paddle is great and provides such a great grab on the ball. $100 for this paddle is such an unreal deal, as I would stack its performance up with other higher-priced paddles.

Cons: none

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Ben John’s Franklin Black Paddle Jed Hayes Intermediate

Pros: I am getting a really nice combination of touch and power with this paddle. Drops are consistent and I am able to speed things up due the longer handle. This paddle looks really nice and I have received a lot of questions and compliments.

Cons: The paddle is just a touch heavy and the grip is a little on the larger size.

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Ben John's paddle Eric Reed Intermediate

Pros: Love the power without sacrifice of soft feel.

Cons: None so far

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Very Gritty, Very Balanced Milan Niekdam Beginner

Pros: For this paddle it can generate alot of spin, the weight is evenly distributed between the head and handle. It is very very gritty but the grit depending on your level of play may wear off soon. For a beginner or intermediate this is the best bang for the buck paddle in my opinion.

Cons: Grit may wear off in the long run.

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Should be called "Lacks Grit" Dan Maisonneuve Intermediate

Pros: Comfortable

Cons: Grit completely gone after 20 days of rec play. Franklin response? "Normal wear and tear, no coverage or assistance whatever. Never buy another Franklin paddle!

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Franklin Sports got its start in 1946 as a regional brand of sporting goods products. Irving H. Franklin, who co-founded Franklin Sports with his brother Sydney Franklin, brought the innovative idea of centering a complete line of products on a single athlete - Joe Namath. Over the years Franklin has affiliated with the best in sports, including world-class athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard, David Robinson, and Barry Bonds.

The breakthrough for Franklin and the batting gloves came when Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt and Irving Franklin teamed up to create the basic design that is still the preferred glove of most major league hitters. Irving Franklin went to Clearwater, Florida, to meet with Schmidt during spring training in 1983. Together, they worked tirelessly to make sure that the materials and design were perfected, so collaboratively the two were the first authors. At that time, most players wore no gloves. A few wore a single golf style glove, but no company offered a product specifically designed for the needs of professional players. Franklin today is the industry leader as the premier batting glove company, and custom fits batting glove for MLB players.

In 1982, when Franklin signed Mike Schmidt, Irving Franklin asked: "How can I get the name Franklin on field at the Major League level?" Schmidt suggested putting the name on the back to maximize exposure, and then helped to design the glove for lasting success at the major league level.

Franklin Ben Johns Signature Heavyweight Composite Pickleball Paddle
Color White Black
Core Material Polypropylene
Core Thickness Thick
Deals Personalization Eligible
Edging Edge Guard
Experience Level Intermediate Professional
Face Material Composite
Grip Size Thick (4 1/2"+)
Handle Length Long
Paddle Shape Elongated
Paddle Weight Heavyweight
Player Type Balanced
Price $0 - $99.99 $50 - $99.99
Vendor Franklin
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