6" handle?! Should you use a long handle pickleball paddle?

6" handle?! Should you use a long handle pickleball paddle?

Have you ever seen a pickleball paddle that seems to have a handle that’s WAY too long? Well, in 2019 a few paddles came out on the market that sports a 6″ handle. I’ve received quite a few questions about these types of paddles and today I’ll answer them!

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  1. Benjamin Leavitt on May 12, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Will you show us how to replace our paddle handles? Thanks to you, I already know how to overgrip mine, but I’d like to know how to modify the actual handle.

  2. Zach Carmichael on May 12, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Is it weird to keep your index finger on the bottom of the paddle (think ping pong)? I’ve found myself unable to hold the handle normally now and usually put my finger on the paddle instead.

  3. Megan Bell on May 12, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I’m curious if my hand placement will be more comfortable with the extra length. I do not do two handed backhand shots. Basically I would rather not have the thick end on the bottom of the grip. Do you know why they design them that way? Before pickleball when I played tennis I must have never gripped the racquet very low because the thick part never bothered me. Any recommendations for paddles with grips that are the same circumference on the entire length of the grip? Is this something players ever talk about?

  4. Di771000 on May 12, 2021 at 12:21 am

    This was soooo helpful. Thank you!

  5. NickUchiha on May 12, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Hi great video

  6. Fred Stuebe on May 12, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I’ve played for a number of years with Paddletek’s Tempest Wave Pro and find it’s ability to help me "soften" shots, absorb pace and reset the point excellent. Now that I’m over 70, I have looked for a paddle that helps me in singles play. So far, Paddletek’s Sabre has been helpful. I get a little extra reach and as the paddle feels, to me, a little head heavy allows me to feel more comfortable in using more topspin off both sides. The Sabre, however, doesn’t have the same feel at the kitchen as does the Tempest Wave Pro. I find I have to be very mindful of using an easier grip pressure with the Sabre on third drops and as I work in getting to the kitchen and dinking. So, I think that there are paddles that are more helpful in singles that in doubles play, especially as we get older. Anybody have any comment on Engage’s Encore MX 6.0?

  7. BlitheringAl on May 12, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Based on your earlier video I just upgraded from an Onix Z5 to a Prince Spectrum Pro. It’s totally transformed my game. The control is amazing, with plenty of power for my skill level. I considered the longer handled Prince Response Pro, but figured at this point it would be better to sacrifice power for the larger sweet spot on the Spectrum. If my skills continues to progress, and I gain accuracy and desire power, I’ll reconsider the trade off once again.

  8. Jeff W on May 12, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I took a hacksaw to mine. Feels great…I got the Simone Prince paddle just like you. I want control. Power is not an issue for me and not hitting a two handed backhand

  9. E. Doctor Smith on May 12, 2021 at 12:37 am

    I’d also be curious to know how the Prince compares to both the Selkirk Invikta Vangaurd and the Paddletek Bantam Sabre Pro used by Scott Moore. They also have 6" to 6.25" long handles. Have you tried them? I actually own a Sabre Pro and really like it.

  10. peakay2002 on May 12, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Hi there, big fan of you and your videos. I recently got a prince response pro and it does everything better than my cheap gamma except top spin. In dink rallies I used to be able to step back and take a big swing that got the ball up and over the net and importantly back down before going out. With the prince i seem to hit into the net or long as it doesn’t seem to lift the ball or dip it back down. I’ve completely lost this weapon.

    The gamma fusion I had has no texture at all in the face, but seems better for top spin. What gives paddles more top spin potential? The gamma seems lower powered and generally puts more action on the ball.

    The gamma weighed 7.8 and the prince response pro weighs 8.2. I asked tennis warehouse to send me the heaviest in stock due to you saying it was head light and another player I respect saying they felt it was too light

    Would love a response before my 30 day return window runs out! Thanks!!

  11. James Cowling on May 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    WINNING MOAR!!!!!!!!!!

  12. sanchay jain on May 12, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I m playing since 2years with selkirk s2amped should i go for franklin ben johns paddle?

  13. Jina Allen on May 12, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Recently I swap from the tempest to the bantam. I could notice right away how much more power I had on my drives and put away shots. My dinking and reset shots weren’t as great but I rather have the power. My husband made me try his Vulcan V550 which is the elongated paddle type. What I found out is that the drives are even greater, is easier to put top spin with it, my digs are great and the serves are awesome. The big but is I can’t seem to make it work at the kitchen. Do you think these paddles are trickier at the kitchen because of the sweet spot?

  14. Thejoeb on May 12, 2021 at 12:50 am

    This is why the vanguard invikta paddle is such a game changer. It has the extended length without an extreme long handle and the sweet spot is MUCH bigger than the standard invikta vanguard amped, so you are getting the benefits of the extra attack power, and also maintain a solid sweet spot which helps on quick defense plays. Ive never played with a extended paddle that has the sweet spot the vanguard has due to that double layer of carbon fiber.
    I was curious to try the quantum, because I love the response pro, but 6 inch handle is just too long for me.

  15. iTakashi on May 12, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I would like to know the regulation of different length or even surface of paddle acceptable, I am beginner just start a few month ago, but I used to play Tennis and ping pong a lot. If I can change the surface of paddle like a Ping Pong, I can convert as rubber surface.
    I think, I am surely like long length of paddle

  16. Tony Bell on May 12, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I’m looking for a longer handle but not very heavy. I switch hands a lot and I think the extra handle length will help since I tend to drop the paddle more with my shorter handle paddle. At least, thats what I can tell from the 2 entry level paddles I have now.

  17. Greg Rishel on May 12, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Or save the earth , ….hmm., what to do?

  18. georgia beletsos on May 12, 2021 at 1:04 am

    BTW: what is the weight of paddle?

  19. Trogg on May 12, 2021 at 1:07 am

    I started playing a few months ago and my first paddle is a cheap one with a small handle. Recently, I bought the Gearbox GX, and paid 140 for it. The handle is long, just like Gearbox racquetball racquets, so I thought it was a good idea. However, after playing with it for a while, I went back to the cheap paddle, and I think what you said explains it: the lack of a sweet spot on the Gearbox. The sweet spot is better on the cheap paddle.

    I went ahead and re-gripped the Gearbox so I can feel the elevated tape on the back of my hand, hoping I can more comfortably choke up on it. I’ll see how it works out this morning. Thanks.

  20. georgia beletsos on May 12, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Would it be a good paddle for those with limited mobility? How does it compare to Selkirk Invi at Amped?

  21. lemon tree on May 12, 2021 at 1:08 am

    No i dont think there is a singles only paddle mabye a paddle that might give you a little help but i don’t think one paddle is FOR singles that gives you a notable advantage. Great vid