What Pickleball Paddles Do the Pros Use

Have you ever wondered what pickleball paddles do the pros use?

I’m in the market for a new paddle as I’ve played for a year now and am looking to see what paddle is the best for my game. I currently use the Onix Z5 which is both a great starter paddle and one that has benefited my game as an intermediate player. Now, I’m looking to take the next step in my game and with my paddle so here’s what I found the pros use. If you look to the right side of the table you will see the number of pros using each paddle.

Review Process

To determine what paddles the pros use, I reviewed more than 50 articles on Pickleball Central which has a section on meet the pros. One of the questions asked is what paddle do you use and why. I documented over 50 open level players from this series to see what Pickleball paddles do the pros use.

The review included two years of articles so you’ll notice some trends just based on the year. For example Selkirk released their Amped Paddle line in 2017 so I see in the recent reviews these paddles were mentioned more often.

One thing you’ll notice from the chart above is the price point of these paddles. While I paid $70 for my Onix Z5, the pro paddles are all above $100. You can also see many of the pros were using the Engage Encore, a paddle mentioned in our review of the best paddles for spin and best paddles. If you are a beginner looking for a paddle, you can also check out our review on the best paddles for beginners.

Top Brands

Brand Count %
Selkirk 25 51%
Paddletek 12 24%
Engage 9 18%
Gamma 1 2%
Gearbox 1 2%
Pro-Lite 1 2%

In summary, the overwhelming favorite paddle manufacturer for the pros is Selkirk. More than half of the paddles mentioned were made by Selkirk. The other top two brands were Paddletek and Engage. Other mentions were Gamma, Gearbox, and Pro-lite. Overall, the pros mentioned 30 different paddles although the Paddletek Tempest is used the most.