Paddles

Updated July 2021 I’ve added three new paddles which have come to market since this article was first written.  They include the Gamma Compass, Engage Encore MX 6.0, and Selkirk Amped Invikta.  All of these have enhanced technology and are in the $150 range.  All are considered to be an elongated paddle since they are...
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The focus of this post is to do a Niupipo Pickleball paddle review of the Explorer. But before I dive into detail about this paddle, I want to give a little history of the Niupipo company along with where they are now. So, let’s start with when I first heard about the sport of Pickleball...
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What Pickleball Paddle Do The Pros Use – Updated July 2021 Have you ever wondered what Pickleball paddles do the pros use? Over the last few months, I’ve interviewed over 30 professional Pickleball players on the Pickleball Fire podcast and asked them which pro Pickleball paddle they use and why. This included senior pros and...
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I recently spoke to Brandon Swanson, the Paddle Geek, about Pickleball paddles on the podcast.  Since you may not have had a chance to listen to the podcast, I thought I would write a post to summarize what I learned from Brandon. Brandon became the Pickleball geek after he broke his first paddle.  Apparently, he...
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Pickleball paddles began to evolve when Arlen Paronto decided to employ the material used by Boeing to construct their aircrafts.   This ‘honeycomb’ design used in the construction of the aircraft was transposed by Arlen onto the pickleball paddle.  This paved the way for more technologically-advanced designs which we see in new pickleball paddles today. 2020...
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Putting spin on the ball can be advantageous when playing pickleball.  It’s a great tactic for keeping the ball low when dinking or hitting a third shot drop.  Players who hit heavy top spin have an advantage when trying to keep their opponent deep in the back court.  When I chose my first pickleball paddle,...
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As Pickleball players we have hundreds of Pickleball paddles to choose from.  More come on the market each month so it’s hard to know which one too choose.  Since I’m in the market for a new paddle, I did an exhaustive review of Pickleball paddles to understand which ones consistently have great reviews across the...
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Companies like Selkirk, Paddletek, and Prolite have designed and pioneered countless innovations in the game and continue to do so today! But there’s one paddle manufacturer that’s brought something completely new to the game and revolutionized the way paddles are made.  Engage Pickleball paddles are the result of the manufacturer being the ‘crazy scientist’ of...
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One of the many great things about Pickleball is you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get started.  In fact, you can purchase a Pickleball paddle set with two paddles and balls for under $80.  If your have local courts you don’t even need a net.  If you don’t have courts nearby, I...
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When I first started out to write this updated post, I decided to focus on Pickleball paddles used by pros. I figured the best players are using the best Pickleball paddles. However, I quickly learned the paddles favored by the pros may not be the favorite of most other Pickleball players. I compiled a list...
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