11 Best Pickleball Paddles for Power

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At all levels of competition, power is crucial for winning in pickleball. Power makes your speed-ups, drives, and other shots more effective, helping you win more points.

With the latest advancements in development and technology, paddles are hitting harder and faster than ever before. And with a wide range of shapes, weights, and core materials, there is truly something for everyone.

In this post, we go over some of our favorite pickleball paddles for power in 2023. Let’s explore some bonafide powerhouses.

Paddletek Bantam TS-5 Pickleball Paddle

Paddletek Bantam TS-5 pickleball paddle

Paddletek Bantam TS-5 Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

If you’re a fan of top pro Anna Leigh Waters, then you’re going to love her paddle of choice: the Paddletek Bantam TS-5 pickleball paddle. Beyond being the choice of a pickleball prodigy, this paddle packs a punch.

Featuring an average weight of 7.3 ounces, a fiberglass paddle face, and polymer honeycomb core, players will have no trouble hitting with power and pace. It’s perfect for putting balls away at the net and hitting decisive overheads.

Overall, this is a great choice for pickleball players who want a paddle that is fast, forgiving, and provides ample amounts of pop. At $99.99, it’s also great for any player shopping for a top-tier paddle on a budget.

Paddle Face: Fiberglass

Core Material: Polymer Honeycomb

Price: $99.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerPaddletek
Average Weight7.3 ounces
Weight Range7.0-7.5 ounces
Grip Size4 1/4″ – (Medium)
Grip StyleCushion, Perforated
Handle Length5″
Paddle Length15 1/2″
Paddle Width7 7/8″
Paddle FaceFiberglass
Core MaterialPolymer Honeycomb
Edge Guard1/8″ overlapping paddle face

ProKennex Kinetic Black Ace Pro Pickleball Paddle

ProKennex Kinetic Black Ace Pro pickleball paddle
ProKennex Kinetic Black Ace Pro Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Fans of power on the pickleball court will find a terrific partner in the ProKennex Kinetic Black Ace Pro pickleball paddle. Featuring Kinetic technology, this paddle continues ProKennex’s legacy of unmatched power and pace.

Compared to other paddles in the Black Ace line, the Black Ace Pro offers a classic paddle shape with 15.8” by 7.6” dimensions. The power-boosting 11mm core is augmented with the Kinetic shock and vibration mitigation system, giving you a paddle with both power and feel.

If you also need a paddle with extra spin, the Black Ace Pro has you covered with its Toray carbon fiber paddle face. Overall, if you need a nice blend of power, spin, and feel in your game, this pickleball paddle is for you.

Paddle Face: Toray Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $250.00

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerProKennex
Average Weight7.94 ounces
Weight Range7.9 – 8.0 ounces
Grip Size4″ (Small)
Grip StyleHigh Tack Thin Grip
Handle Length5.3″
Paddle Length15.8″
Paddle Width7.6″
Paddle FaceToray Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness11mm (0.43″)
Edge GuardReplaceable Air-O-Guard Bumper System

CRBN-1 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

CRBN1 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle
CRBN1 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Players looking for extra power and reach on their shots may find the CRBN1 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle perfect for their needs. Known for their spin-friendly paddles, CRBN produced a paddle that packs plenty of punch in the CRBN1.

This paddle is 16.5” long and available in 13mm, 14mm, and 16mm core thickness options. This combination gives players plenty of length on hard-to-reach-balls with options for max power (13mm) or max control (16mm). The T700 raw carbon fiber paddle face grips the ball for exceptional spin, allowing you to control your drives and passing shots.

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Tennis players who want to try pickleball will find the CRBN1 helpful in transitioning to the new sport. The 5-½” handle length provides ample space for two-handed backhands, which many tennis players are accustomed to hitting.

Overall, a wide range of players will enjoy the CRBN1’s combination of length, power, and spin.

Paddle Face: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $179.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerCRBN
Average Weight8.0 ounces (13mm and 14mm), 8.2 ounces (16mm)
Weight Range7.9-8.1 ounces (13mm and 14mm), 8.1-8.3 ounces (16mm)
Grip Size4.25″ (13mm and 14mm), 4.375″ (16mm) – Medium
Grip StylePerforated Comfort Grip
Handle Length5.5″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceT700 Raw Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness13mm (0.51″), 14mm (0.55″), 16mm (0.63″)
Edge Guard1/4″ overlapping paddle face

Head Radical Tour Graphite Pickleball Paddle

HEAD Radical Tour Graphite pickleball paddle
Head Radical Tour Graphite Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Speaking of tennis players, they’re likely to recognize the iconic sporting equipment brand Head – the next paddle on our list.

Players who want a paddle that is powerful and fast at the net will love the Head Radical Tour Graphite pickleball paddle. Featuring a ½” core and aerodynamic design, this paddle gives players a smooth, reliable option for speed-ups, counters, and touch volleys.

This paddle has an average weight of 7.9 oz, making it easy to handle at all positions of the court. The 7-⅞” paddle width gives players plenty of space to confidently handle drives and body shots. The 3-⅞” and 4-⅛” grip circumference options help you pick the right paddle for your needs.

Overall, if you want a pickleball paddle that is more beginner-friendly, easy to handle, and powerful, the Head Radical Tour will be a solid option for your game.

Paddle Face: Graphite/Carbon

Core Material: Polymer Honeycomb

Price: $149.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerHead
Average Weight7.9 oz
Weight Range7.7 – 8.1 ounces
Grip Size3-7/8″ (x-small) or 4-1/8″ (small)
Grip StyleHydroSorb Pro
Handle Length5″
Paddle Length16″
Paddle Width7 7/8″
Paddle FaceGraphite/Carbon
Core MaterialPolymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness1/2″
Edge Guard1/8″ overlapping paddle face

Diadem Warrior V2 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

Diadem Warrior V2 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle
Diadem Warrior V2 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Diadem has become highly popular with pickleball players, and for good reason. Their innovations in development make their paddles great for nearly all players and play styles.

One of their more powerful offerings is the Diadem Warrior V2 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle. The V2 is the follow-up to the original Diadem Warrior, which gave players plenty of power and pace. This paddle is no different.

The Warrior V2 maintains the 19mm thick core with three honeycomb layers that create a large sweet spot, exceptional touch, and mis-hit forgiveness. A new addition is the Etched Carbon Fiber paddle face, traditionally found with the Diadem Warrior Edge, which gives players plenty of grip on the ball for spin.

Overall, if you want a power pickleball paddle with ample touch and control, the Diadem Warrior V2 is worth a try.

Paddle Face: Etched Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Poly Honeycomb + Aramid (Nomex) Honeycomb + Poly Honeycomb / Sandwich Construction

Price: $229.95

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerDiadem
Average Weight8.25 ounces
Weight Range8.0 – 8.4 ounces
Grip Size4 1/8″ (Small)
Grip StyleComfort Max Grip
Handle Length5.3″
Paddle Length16.4″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceEtched Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPoly Honeycomb + Aramid (Nomex) Honeycomb + Poly Honeycomb / Sandwich Construction
Core Thickness19mm (0.748″)
Edge GuardMolded Edgeless Thermoformed

Gearbox CX14E Ultimate Power Pickleball Paddle

Gearbox CX14E Ultimate Power pickleball paddle
Gearbox CX14E Ultimate Power Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Gearbox, known for their high quality of products, has a wide range of power-based pickleball paddles. Players looking for a paddle with tons of leverage and power will find the Gearbox CX14E Ultimate Power pickleball paddle perfect for their needs.

The “E” in the name stands for elongated, referring to the paddle’s 16-5/8″ long by 7-3/8″ wide shape. The Solid Span Technology Core (SST) is made up of T-700 Graphite chambers that are fused together through heat, resulting in a paddle that is seamless and free from any weak points. This design greatly improves its strength and lifespan.

Additionally, the Ultimate Power series has reached a milestone with the introduction of Hyper-Bite 2.0 Technology. This cutting-edge advancement incorporates elements from the core to the carbon fiber face and includes two applications of urethane and texture. With the CX14E, pickleballs can now be bitten into and spun like never before.

Overall, if you want a paddle that is stable, insanely powerful, and control-oriented, the Gearbox CX14E Ultimate Power is for you.

Paddle Face: 3K Woven Carbon Fiber

Core Material: T-700 Carbon Fiber SST Core

Price: $249.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerGearbox
Average Weight8.5 ounces
Weight Range8.4 – 8.6 ounces
Grip Size3 5/8″ (Small), 3 15/16″ (Small)
Grip StyleGearbox Smooth Wrap
Handle Length5 5/8″
Paddle Length16 5/8″
Paddle Width7 3/8″
Paddle Face3K Woven Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialT-700 Carbon Fiber SST Core
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″)
Edge GuardEdgeless

Joola Scorpeus 14mm Anna Bright Pickleball Paddle

JOOLA Anna Bright Scorpeus CFS 14 pickleball paddle
JOOLA Scorpeus 14mm Anna Bright Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

With a focus on power and defensive control, the JOOLA Anna Bright Scorpeus CFS 14 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle surpasses expectations in all areas of play. Its key strength lies in its innovative 14mm Reactive Honeycomb Polymer core, which offers an unexpected level of bounce and explosiveness to elevate your shots to new heights. This core not only enhances power but also provides the tactile feedback that elite players desire.

To further maximize power potential, the paddle boasts a 5-¼” handle wrapped in JOOLA’s Sure Grip technology, allowing for increased swing speed and enabling your powerful drives to overcome even the most vigilant defenders with ease.

Overall, the Anna Bright Scorpeus is perfect for aggressive players who want a powerful paddle with plenty of defensive capabilities.

Paddle Face: “Charged” Carbon Friction Surface (CFS)

Core Material: Reactive Honeycomb Polymer

Price: $249.95

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerJOOLA
Average Weight7.8 ounces
Weight Range7.6 – 8.0 ounces
Grip Size4.125″ (Small)
Grip StyleSure-Grip Technology
Handle Length5.25″
Paddle Length16″
Paddle Width8″
Paddle Face“Charged” Carbon Friction Surface (CFS)
Core MaterialReactive Honeycomb Polymer
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″)
Edge Guard1/8″ overlapping paddle face

Vulcan V730HT MAX Pickleball Paddle

Vulcan V730HT Max pickleball paddle
Vulcan V730HT MAX Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

The Vulcan V730HT MAX pickleball paddle, co-created by Team Vulcan pro player Tyler Loong, is specifically designed to match the pace of high-speed play.

Its elongated 11.75” by 7.25” seven-layered V-Skin System hitting surface features a rounded-corner design that widens slightly at the top.

This cutting-edge paddle is constructed with a blend of carbon fiber and fiberglass for optimal performance, and its face material is coated in a resilient HiTRAC texture (indicated by the HT in the name), enhancing your game with increased power, spin, and control.

Used by the “Erne King” himself, this paddle is perfect for players who want to attack with pinpoint accuracy and control.

Paddle Face: “HT” HiTRAC Surface Grit, V-Skin Surface System (Carbon Fiber + Fiberglass)

Core Material: Stateracore Polypropylene Honeycomb (8mm cells) Honeycomb

Price: $249.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerVulcan
Average Weight8.3 ounces
Weight Range8.1 – 8.5 ounces
Grip Size4 1/8″ (Small)
Grip StyleVulcan Max Control
Handle Length4.75″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.25″
Paddle Face“HT” HiTRAC Surface Grit, V-Skin Surface System (Carbon Fiber + Fiberglass)
Core MaterialStateracore Polypropylene Honeycomb (8mm cells) Honeycomb
Core Thickness13mm (0.51″)
Edge GuardCHAN-LOCK Edge System

Babolat MNSTR Pickleball Paddle

Babolat MNSTR pickleball paddle
Babolat MNSTR Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

The Babolat MNSTR pickleball paddle is designed to minimize vibrations and increase spin. It incorporates a combination of polypropylene, EVA, and Graphite Skin Technology to achieve a balanced blend of incredible power and touch.

With a reactive core, this paddle offers exceptional control, protection against injuries caused by excessive use, and precise ball placement.

The MNSTR’s compact 11.14” by 7.8” paddle face, combined with Graphite Skin Technology, creates a rigid surface that ensures consistent reactivity for accurate ball placement. Additionally, the Rough Paint texture on the surface promotes high amounts of spin on serves and drives.

Paddle Face: 80% Carbon, 20% Fiberglass, Graphite Skin Technology, Rough Paint

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb w/EVA Foam Layer

Price: $159.00

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerBabolat
Average Weight8.11 ounces
Weight Range7.9-8.3 ounces
Grip Size4″ (small)
Grip StyleSyntec Uptake
Handle Length5″
Paddle Length16.14″
Paddle Width7.8″
Paddle Face80% Carbon, 20% Fiberglass, Graphite Skin Technology, Rough Paint
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb w/EVA Foam Layer
Core Thickness15mm (0.59″)

ONIX Evoke Mayhem Composite Pickleball Paddle

ONIX Evoke Mayhem Composite pickleball paddle
ONIX Evoke Mayhem Composite Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Staying true to its name, the ONIX Evoke Mayhem Composite pickleball paddle is crafted to seamlessly switch between these two playing styles at a moment’s notice. It comes in two variants, with a 14mm thickness (0.55″) catering to those who favor the “mayhem” end of the power spectrum, and a 16mm thickness (0.63″) for those who seek a more controlled approach.

ONIX employs their groundbreaking carbon fiber “Power Frame” technology, enveloping the entire paddle to enhance rigidity, durability, and power in every follow-through. Furthermore, ONIX utilizes a thermo-fusion process to seamlessly meld all paddle components together, resulting in an exceptionally solid construction that can block, reset, drive, and smash pickleballs far beyond your physical endurance.

Paddle Face: DF Composite

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb in Two Thickness Options

Price: $209.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerONIX
Average Weight8.0 ounces
Weight Range7.8 – 8.2 ounces
Grip Size4 1/4″ (Medium)
Grip StylePerforated Cushion Grip
Handle Length5.35″
Paddle Length16″
Paddle Width8″
Paddle FaceDF Composite
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb in Two Thickness Options
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″), 16mm (0.63″)
Edge Guard1/8″ Overlapping Paddle Face

Engage Pursuit Pro EX Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

Engage Pursuit Pro EX Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle
Engage Pursuit Pro EX Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Incorporating a classic design with exceptional technology, the Engage Pursuit Pro EX pickleball paddle strikes the perfect balance between control and power. While it shares the 5″ handle and 11″ long by 8″ wide hitting surface with the original Engage Pursuit EX paddle, the Pro version ventures into uncharted territory.

A cushioned and perforated grip envelops the handle, ensuring a secure grip, while the broad face features a raw Toray T700 carbon fiber hitting surface. This unique surface offers an incredibly textured feel, unleashing tremendous spin potential, coupled with the impressive dwell time of the Toray T700 material, enabling precise, controlled shots and serves that leave your opponent off-balance.

Paddle Face: Raw Toray T700 Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Control Pro ‘Black’ Polymer Honeycomb

Price: $259.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerEngage
Average Weight7.65 ounces (LITE), 8.15 ounces (Standard)
Weight Range7.5 – 7.8 ounces (LITE), 7.9 – 8.3 ounces (Standard)
Grip Size4 1/4″ (Medium)
Grip StyleHigh Tack Ultra Perforated Cushion
Handle Length5″
Paddle Length16″
Paddle Width8″
Paddle FaceRaw Toray T700 Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialControl Pro ‘Black’ Polymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness13mm (0.51″)
Edge GuardCyclone Low-profile Vinyl

Tips When Shopping for Pickleball Paddles for Power

  • In addition to power-friendly elements such as paddle shape and core thickness, it’s important to also consider handle length, paddle face material, and other specs that may be best suited to your game.
  • If you lean towards a two-handed backhand, consider pickleball paddles with handles that are 5.5 inches or longer.
  • If you feel like you also need help with spin, pickleball paddles with carbon fiber surfaces (such as raw carbon fiber) may be best for your needs.
  • Elongated paddles are typically considered more “power-friendly.” However, if you struggle with hitting the ball off the edge of the paddle, consider options that have more of a square, traditional shape.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is power important in pickleball?

Power is important in pickleball because it allows players to hit the ball with greater force and speed, making it more difficult for their opponents to return. A powerful shot can put pressure on the opposing team and force them into defensive positions, giving the player with power a strategic advantage. Additionally, power can help players hit winners or score points more easily, as it becomes harder for the opponent to anticipate and react to a fast-paced shot.

What pickleball paddle has the most power?

Truth is, there isn’t a singular pickleball power that has more power than any other option. There are several factors that affect a paddle’s power potential such as the paddle’s shape, core materials, and paddle face material.

Additionally, the player’s technique greatly determines how much power they can produce beyond the paddle alone. Even with a power-friendly paddle, it’s important to practice good technique to get the most pace out of your shots.

Are there any specific paddle brands recommended for maximizing power?

Certain popular brands like Selkirk, Paddletek, and Engage are known for producing high-quality paddles designed with enhanced power in mind.

How does the weight of a pickleball paddle affect its power?

A heavier paddle can generate more power due to increased momentum, but it may require more strength to maneuver.

Is grip size important for power in pickleball paddles?

Yes, the right grip size ensures better control and allows you to transfer more power into your shots. Make sure you get the right grip size for your hand when shopping for a new paddle.

Can beginners benefit from using paddles optimized for power?

While advanced players typically benefit more from specialized power paddles, beginners can also experience improved shot strength with them.

Are all power-focused paddles suitable for all playing styles?

Power-focused paddles are generally versatile enough to suit various playing styles; however, individual preferences can vary greatly among players.