Paddle Weight – It may not be what you're thinking | In2Pickle

Paddle Weight – It may not be what you're thinking | In2Pickle

One of the most important characteristics of a pickleball paddle is its weight. And even more importantly: its swingweight. How heavy is the paddle when you swing it?

If you are playing doubles you are going to likely benefit more from head neutral paddle (balanced swingweight). Singles? You can go for a head heavy paddle.

Next time you are picking a paddle, give some thought to the paddle’s swingweight.

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  1. 760Piper on April 13, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    How do you measure swingweight?

  2. Don Davis on April 13, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I’m curious why you didn’t mention Vulcan paddles ?
    Have you played with or tested Vulcan paddles ?
    They make some of the best paddles in my opinion & the 700 series paddles are made in USA

  3. Thomas Fronk on April 13, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    How long should you use a paddle before replacement?

  4. Jeff W on April 13, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Handle length….short or long?

  5. jazzsnare on April 13, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    What about lead tape ?

  6. ADJoshua1 on April 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Are swing weights specified by some manufacturers? Or do you have to test and try each time?

  7. John Zebrone on April 13, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I think your swing weight is the centripetal force you’re referring to, right? A light (e.g., 7.4 oz) paddle can swing faster (velocity) than a heavier paddle. The resulting centripetal force (from the light paddle) can equal a heavier paddle with a slower swing velocity. In other words, you have equal "swing weights." If we want less stress on our arm, we can swing a heavy paddle slow or a lighter paddle fast, for an acceptable level of stress on our arm. On another point: A light paddle can swing faster, especially at the kitchen when you want speed. It’s harder to swing a heavy paddle fast, but it can impart a greater force on the ball with relatively little swing. For example, you can block a drive shot with little push. I think that’s what you’re saying, right? I used paddles from 7.3 to 10 oz. Heavier ones block, dink, and drive well, but not good for speed. For all around play, 7.8 is the one for me. To make it more interesting, I’ve added weighed lead tape to light paddles to bring it up to about 7.8 or so. Then it becomes a question of where to add the tape along the edge. This affects the centroid or "sweet spot." Anyway, thanks for the post.

  8. In2Pickle on April 13, 2021 at 9:47 pm

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  9. Aloha Leslie on April 13, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for this very informative video. I can relate to much of what you talk about here. About a year ago, I started using the ONIX and began experiencing some elbow issues. As a medical massage therapist, I have pretty strong forearms, wrist and fingers, etc. But still, I hurt!! I heard the Kennex was helpful for elbow issues, so I bought one and found my elbow issues went away immediately and I really like the light weight and control of the paddle on fast net exchanges. However, weirdly, I simply couldn’t get it to work with the new Franklin balls. So I brought out my old Poach Heavy/Medium paddle which I love for its power. At the net, I am slow to recover with it because of its head heavy balance. Back to the old drawing board. I love the Poach so purchased the lighter version and absolutely LOVE it! No elbow issues, lots of power and control/maneuverability up at the net. Sometimes one just has to do some experimenting to find the best paddle for their specific needs. Again, thanks for all of the fabulous information you bring to PBallers. 🙂