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Top Pickleball Paddles

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With nearly five million players in the U.S. alone, you too may be tempted to give the sport a try, in which case you’ll only need a paddle to get started. And while there isn’t one paddle that’s perfect for every player, the best pickleball paddles will help you enjoy (and improve upon) every match.

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Prolite Titan LRG Pro LX

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$200.00 Prolite Shop
93 Overall Score
Prolite is known for making the very fist pickleball paddle back in 1984 and their products are noticeably in a league of their own. The Titan Pro LX is no exception. Available in 2 sizes, the large allows for an oversized sweet spot allowing for maximum control and power. The Titan Pro is Prolites higher end paddle made with 3 layers of carbon fiber and a custom designed end cap giving it a tennis racket feel. The edge guard allows air flow to channel through the edge creating less drag. We highly recommend the Prolite paddle for advanced players.

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Specifications

Material: Hyperweave Carbon FiberLength: 15 3/4″Weight: 7.9-8.2. oz.Grip: ProTac Cushion GripEdge Guard: Aero Channel Edge

Pros

Made in the USAUSA Pickleball ApprovedCustom edge guard and premium grip

Cons

Expensive

Yonex Vcore Pickleball Paddle

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$139.99 Yonex Shop
95 Overall Score
VCORE paddle features a unique slightly more rounded design compared to other pickleball paddles. This optimal shape makes the paddle more aerodynamic for plenty of control and pop, with an advanced sweet spot. Manufactured in Japan.

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Specifications

Weight: 7.6 -8.1 oz Length: 15.8"Width: 7.91"Thickness: 15 mmHandle Length: 4.5"Handle Shape: HexagonGrip Size: 4.25"Face Material: Fiberglass + high tensile graphiteCore: Extra thick polypropylene honeycombTextured Face: Yes, Micro-particleGrip: PerforatedEdge Guard: Yes

Pros

USAPA approvedReduced vibrationSpinPrecise ball placementIdeal for intermediate and advanced playersMid-weight and lightweight options

Cons

Shape may take a few hours to get used to

Electrum Model E Elite

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$189.99 Pickleball Madness Shop
90 Overall Score
Building it's success from the original Model E, the Elite version offers quite the upgrade. It boasts an elongated shape with a thermoformed 16mm core. It offers exceptional reach and balance between spin, power, and control.

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Specifications

Thickness: 16mmWeight: 8-8.3ozHandle Length: 5.25"Grip Circumference: 4.5"Paddle Length: 16.5"

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JOOLA Method CTS 12 Pickleball Paddle

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$99.95 Joola USA Shop
85 Overall Score
For the beginner player looking for maximum control and power.  It offers a generous sweet spot and provides tons of spin.  Enhanced edge guard protection to help strengthen the solidity of the paddle core and help keep the surface from delaminating.  Carbon Flex3 textured surface that grips the ball to create more spin.  Provides reduced vibration and a generous sweet spot with amazing feedback, feel, and control necessary for dinks, blocks, and drives. 

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Avg. Weight: 8.2 ozLength: 15.5”Width : 8.3”Thickness: 12 mmHandle Length: 5.5”Handle Shape: ElongatedGrip Size: 4” (may vary)Face Material: Carbon touch surfaceCore: Honeycomb polymer-smoothShape: TraditionalSpin: 85/100Grip: Perforated sure-gripEdge Guard: YesColors: 1

Pros

USAPA approvedGenerous sweet spotControl rating 93/100Power rating 86/100Spin rating 85/100

Cons

Limited warranty- 6 monthsPaddle is a bit shorter than others

Recess Pickleball Paddle

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$86.00 Recess Shop
85 Overall Score
The Recess Pickleball Paddle is a top-notch choice for intermediate players seeking a paddle that combines power, control, and durability. Its carbon fiber face, responsive core, and spin-friendly design make it a reliable and versatile tool on the court. While it may come at a slightly higher price point, the Recess paddle offers excellent value for money with its performance, durability, and overall quality construction.

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Weight: 7.5-8ozGrip: 4.25"Surface: FiberglassCore: 0.53” thick honeycomb interior

Pros

USAPA Approved Comes with coverGrip cushion

Cons

Not ideal for advanced players

Big Dill Flight Pro XL

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$125.00 Big Dill Shop
88 Overall Score
The Big Dill Pickleball Paddle stands out with its distinctive and eye-catching design. The paddle features a proprietary fine grit carbon fiber face that offers excellent durability and ball control. Considering its performance and durability on the court, this paddle is a remarkable choice for the price point.

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Specifications

Weight: 7.8Surface Material: High-Tech Rough FiberglassDimensions: 7.5 x 16.5 inchesGrip: 5" Cushioned

Pros

USAPA ApprovedIdeal for advanced playersGood grip and spinSweat wicking grip

Cons

Only 1 color option

Gearbox CX14H Pickleball Paddle

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$199.99 GearBox Shop
94 Overall Score
Introducing the all-new CX14 Ultimate Power Collection with new Power Band Technology, the most advanced paddle yet created by Gearbox.  Power Band Technology detaches and suspends the patented SST (Solid Span Technology) core rib structure from the perimeter of the paddle, creating a trampoline effect on the paddle face. SST describes an advanced proprietary molding process using a blend of high strength carbon fiber materials to form a ribbed core and one-piece construction. The carbon fiber material is meticulously hand-laid and then rolled to create the only patented ribbed core in all of pickleball. The paddle's core, face and perimeter are constructed with hundreds of plies of 3K woven carbon fiber and T-700 carbon fiber material. SST has introduced the strongest #1 performing ribbed core paddle in the pickleball industry.The slight slope visible around the paddle's edge is your Power Band, giving you effortless Power with a solid, plush feel. With its improved sweet spot offering more consistency and improved touch, to its upgraded Edgeless Frame now with more reinforcement, stability, and power, the CX14 Ultimate Power collection is the pro-choice of Joey Farias and Frank Anthony Davis. Manufactured in the USA.

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Specifications

Weight: 8.5 ozLength: 15 ⅝"Width: 8.0"Thickness: 14 mmHandle Length: 5 ⅝"Handle Shape: StandardGrip Size: 3 ⅝" Warranty: 1 YearFace Material: 3K Woven Carbon FiberCore: Ribbed SST Core T-700 Canon FiberShape: H: HyperTextured Face: Urethan Face Coat with TextureGrip: Gearbox Smooth WrapEdge Guard: No

Pros

Large sweet spotUSAPA approvedEnhanced spin technologyReduced VibrationSofterImproved perimeter weighting; Stability

Cons

Best for advanced playerspower