All About The Explosive Engage Poach Advantage Pickleball Paddle!

All About The Explosive Engage Poach Advantage Pickleball Paddle!

The new Poach Advantage from Engage is the latest in pickleball paddle technology. I got to play with it this week and I may have to switch to it soon. I’ve been using the same paddle for the last year and have tried tons of paddles since then. That gives you an idea of what a switch would mean.

In this video, I explain to you the ins and outs of the Poach Advantage and what it’s all about.

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  1. Leon Bailey on May 14, 2021 at 12:24 am

    What is your thoughts on the bantam ts-5 vs poach advantage. I am currently using the bantam ts-5 and thinking of trying the poach advantage.

  2. leland gorge on May 14, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I can personally confirm what he is describing as I personally work for engage and personally manufacture this paddle

  3. Spencer Munro on May 14, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I’m a bit surprised that you didn’t mention how the 1 way texture impacted your game. Maybe you don’t cut the ball too much with your play style, in which case it wouldn’t matter that much.

    I’ve been playing with it for a month now and I’m still not used to it. Top spin forehand ground strokes seem to almost "slide" down the paddle without giving the ball much spin. Whereas a slice will bite the ball so much more than normal that it almost "carries" the ball through the stroke (albeit while putting insane spin on the ball.) The result is that different strokes give inconsistent spin on the ball, which makes it difficult to put the ball exactly where you want to. Like I said, I’ve only used it for a month, and I desperately want to love this paddle, (everything else, as you’ve said, is amazing) but so far I’m having difficulties.

  4. Roger Poirier on May 14, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Great review. Bought the paddle recently and it performed exactly as you described it. Got used to it right away. Great work.

  5. Ryan Pekarik on May 14, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Have you tried the Poach Extreme Paddle yet? Sure would be a good compare video to the Selkirk Invikta

  6. Ro Gal on May 14, 2021 at 12:44 am

    It is not uncommon to see fiberglass "grain", especially if there is a clear topcoat. As far as the polypropylene, the color should not matter. What I think does matter are the size of the hexagon shapes as well as the thickness of the core.
    You highlight this well in your Invikta review (which is what I play with). I wonder how soon it will be before we see strategic hole placement in the paddle face for less resistance? Would be interesting if that sort of design would pass USA Pickleball scrutiny.

  7. Jorge Ferreiro on May 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Personally I think most paddle manufacturer claims are snake oil to sell overpriced paddles to the hoi polloi. How about an objective test of 100 third shot drops hit from a ball machine using each paddle (Tempest wave and poach advantage) and see if there is a difference. I did this with the Onix Z5 vs Engage Elite Pro and found no difference.

  8. Doomommy Forrest on May 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Do you think this paddle would help wrist arthritis pain when i play? I am a former tennis player, and I know that I need to find the right paddle in order to keep playing this game!

  9. Timoti Batac on May 14, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Im happy with my Franklin made Viper Aluminum paddle (for offensive power shots)…and a composite paddle from Eastpoint Prizm (for power/controlled shots). The two I regularly use… or vise versa. My superior style of playing will dictate to impose my game into the opponents…im not really into trying various paddles. I already found my soulmate paddles. I may test but not gonna buy anymore.

  10. zNoVa Gadbwuah on May 14, 2021 at 1:05 am

    What is your opinion on the Tempest wave vs poach advantage

  11. Chris Connell on May 14, 2021 at 1:08 am

    was the engage as manuverable in a volley battle?