How to Choose a Pickleball Paddle

June 7, 2017

GAMMA Pickleball blog about how to choose a pickleball paddle.

True or false?  All pickleball paddles are created equal.

We’ll answer that for you: False!

Now, don’t be alarmed. We’re not here to frighten you or to make you overthink your next pickleball paddle purchase. However, what we do want to do is help you find the pickleball paddle that perfectly complements your style of play.

When shopping for pickleball equipment, there are three major components to keep an eye on: weight, grip size, and the materials that are used to make the paddle.

Weighing in

The weight of the paddle factors into the feel of the paddle. When you pick up the paddle, how does it feel to you? Could you imagine yourself holding it during an entire match? A good approach is to test it out and see how it feels when you swing it. Our GAMMA pickleball paddles range in weight from 7 ounces to 8 ounces depending on which paddle you choose. The overall weight of the paddle will affect the power and control you have during a match.

Take our lightest paddle, the Neutron 2.0, for example. Its lower weight makes this pickleball paddle the fastest paddle in our line-up, and its ultra-lightweight frame offers players better control and maneuverability during play. On the other hand, our heaviest paddle, the Atomic 2.0, is perfect for power players. Although it offers less control, it gives way more power and drive behind each strike.

If you’re new to pickleball, we highly suggest starting with a light paddle and eventually working your weigh up as you build more strength and skill.

Get a grip

At GAMMA Pickleball, we know a thing or two about grips. After all, we’re the official grip sponsor of the US Open Pickleball Championships and it wasn’t long ago that we went #GripCrazy! So, yes, grips are right up our alley, and when you’re choosing a pickleball paddle, they should be at the top of your mind as well. The first thing to look for when choosing a grip is to feel how it fits in your hand. A paddle that has too large of a grip will cause your hand to slip and can potentially cause injury – not good! However, it’s important that we note that a larger grip will likely provide more stability to your play while a smaller grip can lead to more control and spin on your shots.

Just as you test the weight of your paddle, test the grip as well by picking it up and seeing how it feels in your hands. In most cases, it’s a safe bet to start with a smaller grip size and work your way up.

What’s it made of?

As we’ve said before, not all pickleball paddles are created equal—this applies from the materials on up. At GAMMA Pickleball, our pickleball equipment is made with innovative materials that complement the play of a variety of players.

Composite core – A mixture of nomex and a polyester material is usually used when creating a composite core. When these materials are combined, they create a foam-like substance that provides a softer, quieter feel.

Honeycomb core – If you’d crack open a pickleball paddle, chances are you’ll find that the inside looks like a honeycomb, no matter which material it’s made from. Our aramid honeycomb core provides players of all skill levels with extra strength, power, touch, and control.

Fiberglass surface – In comparison to graphite paddles, fiberglass pickleball paddles are often a lot heavier. Because they are heavier, pickleball paddles with a fiberglass surface are considered to pack a more powerful punch, which is perfect for power players who are looking for a more stable feel and power on all strokes.

Graphite surface – When a pickleball hits a paddle that has a graphite surface, the ball will deflect off the paddle almost instantly. Because graphite is a very hard surface, there’s less give to the face of the paddle, which inhibits the ball from sinking into it. Our Phaser 2.0 pickleball paddle has a graphite face which provides more control, finesse, and consistent play.

If you’re in the market for a new paddle and just not sure which to choose, let Team GAMMA know and we’ll help you find the pickleball equipment that’ll take your game to the next level.