What Pickleball Paddles do the Pros Use?

What Pickleball Paddles do the Pros Use?

I did a ton of research to find out what pickleball paddles the pros are using as of January 1st, 2022. I gathered information on the top 50 pickleball pros and then visualized it using Tableau. The most commonly used paddle brands were Paddletek, Franklin, Onix, Gamma, and Electrum. I’ll hope you’ll find this as interesting as I do!

Tableau Workbook: https://tabsoft.co/3EUwzqv
Google Spreadsheet: https://bit.ly/3mWKZAv
My Just Paddles Affiliate Link: https://bit.ly/3EH0S45
Pickleball Paddle Live Chat: https://bit.ly/3pS5cZS
List of USAPA Approved Paddles: https://equipment.usapickleball.org/paddle-list/
List of Rankings Information: https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/ranking.pl

Paddles:
Franklin – Ben Johns Signature Paddle (Heavyweight): https://bit.ly/32TXXaK
Franklin – Give them Lala (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/31hhxgM
Electrum – Electrum Model E (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3eGkwmf
Electrum – Electrum Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3zm4iIu
Onix – Onix Evoke Premier (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3JzY5NO
Gamma – Riley Newman Signature Paddle: https://bit.ly/3tdWrvB
Gamma – Havoc: Coming Soon
Gamma – Compass LH (Lightweight): https://bit.ly/3zkaLDN
Selkirk – Project 002: Coming Soon
Selkirk – Epic Amped (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3FJeD3o
Selkirk – Maxima Vanguard (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3mOA4ZB
Engage – Pursuit MX 6.0 (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3Huhqhn
Engage – Pursuit MX (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3eTKkv9
Engage – Poach Advantage: Discontinued
Paddletek – Tempest Wave Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3FOSp00
Paddletek – Tempest Wave II (Lightweight): https://bit.ly/3pSFAfv
Paddletek – Tempest Reign Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3zsGiDg
Paddletek – Bantam TS-5 Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3pMSwn8
Paddletek – Phoenix Genesis Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3zkET1S
Paddletek – Bantam Ex-L (Heavyweight): https://bit.ly/3pSI9y9
Vulcan – V560 Power (Heavyweight): https://bit.ly/3eGh8Ym
Vulcan – V520 (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3eP4o1v
ProKennex – Pro Speed 2 (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3FPQCYm
Head – Gravity (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3pLeczU
Head – Extreme Tour Max (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3JDKy7Y
CRBN – CRBN 1 (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3sYgPAm
Gearbox – CX11Q Power (Heavyweight): https://bit.ly/3HwM6ie
Gearbox – GX6 Power (Heavyweight): https://bit.ly/3sRtUM6
Prince – Response Pro (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3sR3I3V
Wilson – Wilson Juice (Middleweight): https://bit.ly/3FS7QVa

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My Paddle: Selkirk Pickleball Invikta Vanguard
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31 Comments

  1. Steve F on January 10, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Great video! My only criticism is that you might have used a hyphen between the first 2 words in the title. I almost passed on the video bc I thought you were selling used paddles for $50-$200. 🙂

  2. Squaredot01 on January 10, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Jill Braverman has been playing the last few tournaments with a Paddletek paddle. I’m not sure which model though.

  3. Nicholas Wise on January 10, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for the informative video!

  4. HardyHarz on January 10, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Great work with this! Coincidentally, I was working on a list very similar to this for myself, but didn’t get it finished—so thanks for the effort! 👏

    I find it super interesting that the most popular paddles in my area seem to be the carbon fiber Gearbox series (GX5 , GX6, CX11, CX14, etc.) and Engage Encore 6.0 series, but hardly any pros use those (none use the Encore). Alternately, we also see a lot of the Paddletek Bantams locally, so that makes sense. Only a handful of Franklin BJ’s around here though, so that’s interesting as well.

    I personally use a Gearbox GX5 control, but I’ve been looking pretty hard at the Onix Evoke Premier… Might need to look a little closer at that one given your research.

  5. Ian Radford on January 10, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Where did my post go? Oh well let’s do it again. Thank you for your work. Great info. I clicked on the just paddles link and purchased a paddle an electrum e. Hope you get paid

  6. racketrick on January 10, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Speaking of "Pro" model paddles…as many of us come from tennis, it might be interesting to look at what would make a "Pro" paddle different from the standard model. In tennis, many "Pro Stock" rackets would be unplayable by 90% of the world(well, not UNplayable; but harder to use). Tighter string patterns, heavier weights and greater swing weights…all are significant when dealing with a 27" long implement used to propel a two-ounce ball 78 feet. Such is not the case in Pickleball, IMO.
    What do you suppose makes a "Pro" paddle "Pro"???

  7. John Caldwell on January 10, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Outstanding analysis here. This info is what folks want to know and you did a great job presenting it. Well done and keep up the great work/content.

  8. James Moore on January 10, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Nice tableau skills….

  9. Mark Attwood on January 10, 2022 at 1:59 am

    It was interesting to see the paddles used by top pro’s – thanks for what must have been a lot of work. However, as you pointed out, they are mostly (all?) sponsored. I think what would be more revealing would be to see the paddles used by players who are not sponsored although that would probably be tough to track down.

  10. racketrick on January 10, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Pretty darned interesting!!! Thanks for the effort!!!

  11. Pickleball Will on January 10, 2022 at 2:06 am

    Bro i dont know what’s more impressive, the video editing skills or the fact that you know tableau. Good stuff!

  12. 5th & Lane on January 10, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Another great video, thanks Shea!! Have you tried the new CRBN paddles yet?? I switched to the CRBN 2 (16mm) about a month ago and it’s by far the best paddle I’ve ever had!! In the year I’ve been playing I’ve had the Paddletek TS-5, Electrum Pro, Selkirk Invicta Vanguard, Engage Pursuit EX 6.0 and the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro. The CRBN 2 blows them all out of the water! Plenty of power, great touch at the kitchen and crazy spin. You have to try it Shea! (I’m not sponsored by CRBN, lol)

  13. rachaelpachel on January 10, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Nice work, smart.

  14. brianbta1 on January 10, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Awesome job collecting and updated the data. It is very interesting to see what paddles the pros play with.

    Idea for another episode one year from now would be update the same list of players to see how many of these pro players changed paddles and was it just to a new model with their existing manufacturer or to a different manufacturer altogether.

  15. Kay Vickers on January 10, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Wow, nice job!

  16. Ravegg on January 10, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Thanks for the great information. I wonder why a top 25 pro would use another top pros signature paddle. It seems odd that someone other than Ben would use his signature paddle, I would think they would try to get their own sponsorship.

  17. austin dempsey on January 10, 2022 at 2:11 am

    I feel like more and more pros are moving to Electrum. I’m would have thought that number would have been a little higher. Good stuff!

  18. Shea Underwood - Pickleball Road to Pro on January 10, 2022 at 2:12 am

    If any of the data is wrong or you have additional data (like thickness of paddles, weight, etc…) just leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the Sheet ✌️

  19. TheDinkDoctor on January 10, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Would be good to know the thickness pros use like whether all the ben John’s paddles are 13 v 16mm thickness

  20. B Graham on January 10, 2022 at 2:15 am

    The Ben John’s paddle is decent it just wears out very quickly however Franklin’s customer service is great and will replace your paddle if this is the case. Side note, the black and blue paddles play very different than the original white/orange one.

  21. John Lemma on January 10, 2022 at 2:15 am

    Thanks, Shea for all the work. 

    I’ve spent 50 years in racquet and paddle sports. During that span of time I paid attention, I read, asked questions, I researched. 
    Here are some of my observations: paddles matter, they can make a difference,. But the differences are less about manufacturer and model than weight and configuration. 
     
    Do the paddles the pros use matter?  We can know a particular model is worthy of pro use in some modified configuration. Is that important to you?

    A few months ago while playing on a court in Surprise AZ, I realized Riley Newman was playing next to me holding a Gamma paddle, short handle and all.  I asked him if Gamma bought out his Selkirk contract. He chuckled as if to say -I’m not that important. He answered: My agent got me this contract.  I need to get used to the paddle. I have a tournament in two days.  He did great in that tournament. He was playing with an off the shelf Gamma paddle, but told me that Gamma would make him a new paddle.

  22. Kyle Worthy on January 10, 2022 at 2:16 am

    Great list! You pointed out that most of these players are under some sort of contract or sponsorship. I think the best indicator of what paddle is best, is who is not sponsored and using it. Do you know who’s not sponsored on that list? A couple of the guys using the Franklin paddles right?

  23. Paul McDevitt on January 10, 2022 at 2:17 am

    The challenge here, and you allude to it halfway through, is that many if not most are sponsored, so not necessarily the ‘best’ for them…or us. For example, several reviews mention the poor Franklin build quality and the fact it’s rough face wears off quickly. Even Ben Johns rewraps his paddle to better fit his grip and apparently does it several times during a tournament and goes through a lot of paddles. Having said all that nice job in sifting the Data. Used to love Tableau when it first came out but moved on to Microsoft’s Power BI now as it can do so much more.

  24. DaveLL500 on January 10, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Nine pros play Electrum paddles. Electrum Pro: Lauren Stratman, Pat Smith, Dane Gingrich, Gabriel Joseph, Yana Grechkina. Electrum E: Collin Johns, Scott Crandell, Thomas Wilson, A. J. Koller

  25. Paul Fragoso on January 10, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Here’s the harsh reality about paddles and the pro’s. Companies make the decision to invest in paying pro’s to play with their paddle. We’ve seen the paddle changes made by many players as they accepted a more lucrative sponsorship. At the end of the day, if you gave Ben Johns a 3/8" plywood cut to the shape of a paddle and sanded it and sprayed a little texture spray on it and give him a few days to get acclimated to that paddle, he’d still beat 5.0 players. The old saying, "it’s the indian not the arrow" or bow in this example, rings very true imo. For any player that doesn’t want or can’t afford to change paddles every 2-6 mths because their honecomb plastic paddle had dead spots, broke at the neck, had edge guard break off, then spend your hard earned money on a paddle that’ll last you a very long time and most importantly, hits consistently for a very long time and that’s a carbon fiber made Gearbox paddle. Cherry on top is Gearbox paddles hit with great power and control and they have over 16 different types of paddles now.

  26. Voice of Reason on January 10, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Excellent analysis

  27. Nate Hendricksen on January 10, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Great info. Thanks.

  28. Paul Underwood on January 10, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Great job Shea. What’s your prediction of a paddle brand not currently registering on the pro tour that will start making inroads? Also, are some paddle companies not represented simply because they refuse to pay players to play their brand? You’re the Darrell Survey of Pickleball!

  29. Fuchango on January 10, 2022 at 2:38 am

    Love it! This is great information! Making our lives so much easier!

  30. David Randall on January 10, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Thanks for the info Shea! Well done!

  31. Odoth on January 10, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Parenteau uses tempest REIGN pro, not WAVE

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