9 Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin

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By Third Shot Blog

Spin is becoming increasingly important in pickleball, especially in singles. Players are constantly looking for more topspin to add shape and control to their shots, allowing them to hit more aggressively.

Even though singles is most commonly referenced with wanting more spin, there are plenty of benefits for increased spin production for doubles players. Players can hit more aggressive serves, cutting dinks, and sneaky speed-ups.

If you’re looking for more spin with your pickleball game, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled some of our favorite spin-friendly pickleball paddles for 2023. Let’s dive in.

JOOLA Ben Johns Perseus 16mm Pickleball Paddle

JOOLA Ben Johns Perseus 16mm pickleball paddle
Joola Ben Johns Perseus 16mm Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Play like the best pickleball player in the world, Ben Johns! The JOOLA Ben Johns Perseus CFS 16 pickleball paddle is the long-awaited follow up to the successful Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16 paddle.

The Perseus CFS 16 features a 16mm core. The 11″ by 7.5″ Carbon Friction Surface (CFS) and 5.5″ long handle create an elongated shape for leverage and power. The “charged” carbon fiber face grips the ball for added spin and control.

Overall, this paddle is perfect for anyone looking for touch and control from all areas of the court.

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

Core Material: Reactive Honeycomb Polymer Core

Price: $249.95

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerJOOLA
Average Weight8.0 ounces
Weight Range7.8 – 8.2 ounces
Grip Size4.25″ (Medium)
Grip StyleSure-Grip Technology
Handle Length5.5″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle Face“Charged” Carbon Friction Surface (CFS)
Core MaterialReactive Honeycomb Polymer Core
Core Thickness16mm (0.63″)
Edge Guard1/8″ overlapping paddle face

Selkirk VANGUARD Power Air Invikta Pickleball Paddle

SELKIRK Vanguard Power Air Invikta pickleball paddle
Selkirk Vanguard Power Air Invikta Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Selkirk is the paddle of choice for Tyson McGuffin and several other pickleball players at the pro level. Players looking for more topspin will greatly enjoy the Selkirk VANGUARD Power Air Invikta pickleball paddle.

Tennis players getting into pickleball will also find this paddle helpful for their game. Selkirk specifically engineered this paddle to be more aerodynamic like a tennis racquet, with the opening near the base of the paddle face.

Paddle Face: Hybrid Blend of Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polymer Honeycomb

Price: $249.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerSelkirk
Average Weight7.9 ounces
Weight Range7.7 – 8.1 ounces
Grip Size4 1/4″ (Medium)
Grip StyleSelkirk Geo Grip
Handle Length5 1/4″
Paddle Length16 1/2″
Paddle Width7 3/8″
Paddle FaceHybrid Blend of Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness1/2″
Edge GuardEdgeless DuraEdge

Electrum Pro Graphite Pickleball Paddle

Electrum Pro Graphite pickleball paddle
Electrum Pro Graphite Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Electrum pickleball paddles are popular with players at all levels thanks to their solid construction, quality, and spin potential. Anyone looking. for more spin in their game will find a reliable option in the Electrum Pro Graphite pickleball paddle.

Featuring a raw carbon fiber paddle face, players will have no problem shaping the ball and hitting diving passing shots. The traditional shape provides plenty of playing surface for reliable dinks, quick counters, and speed-ups.

Paddle Face: Raw Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Whole Cell Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $119.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerElectrum
Weight Range7.9 – 8.2 ounces
Grip Size4 1/4″ (Medium)
Grip StyleErgonomic Leather Wrapper
Handle Length5″
Paddle Length15.5″
Paddle Width8.5″
Paddle FaceRaw Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialWhole Cell Polypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness11mm (0.43″)
Edge Guard1/4″ overlapping paddle face

Volair Mach 1 Pickleball Paddle

Volair Mach 1 pickleball paddle
Volair Mach 1 Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

The paddle of choice for pro Julian “Andiamo!” Arnold, the Volair Mach 1 pickleball paddle offers exactly what it advertises: pace and spin. This paddle is available in 14mm and 16mm core options for players who prefer a bit more power or control, respectively.

The raw carbon fiber face provides a textured hitting surface that causes the ball to linger, allowing you to hit spin-heavy groundstrokes and precise dinks. The 5.5″ handle provides plenty of space for two-handed backhand drives.

Overall, anyone who enjoys hitting big and playing fast will find a natural fit with this paddle

Paddle Face: Raw Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $159.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerVolair
Average Weight7.5 ounces (14mm), 7.9 ounces (16mm)
Weight Range7.2 – 7.8 ounces (14mm), 7.6 – 8.2 ounces (16mm)
Grip Size4 1/4″ (14mm), 4 7/20” (16mm)
Grip StyleCushion Performance Grip
Handle Length5.5″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceRaw T700 Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″), 16mm (0.63″)
Edge Guard1/8″ Overlapping Paddle Face

CRBN-1X Power Series Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

CRBN1x Power Series pickleball paddle
CRBN 1X Power Series Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Thanks to their spin-friendly paddle faces, nearly all CRBN pickleball paddles are popular with players who like to hit big and with plenty of topspin. A particularly popular option among spinners is the CRBN-1X Power Series Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle.

Available in both 14mm and 16mm core options, these paddles provide premium performance and exceptional control from all areas of the court. The 8-ounce weight helps you achieve quick swing speed, resulting to dominant drives and solid overheads.

Players of all levels will enjoy taking the CRBN-1X for a spin.

Paddle Face: Raw T700 Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $229.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerCRBN
Average Weight7.5 ounces (14mm), 7.9 ounces (16mm)
Weight Range7.2 – 7.8 ounces (14mm), 7.6 – 8.2 ounces (16mm)
Grip Size4 1/4″ (14mm), 4 7/20” (16mm)
Grip StyleCushion Performance Grip
Handle Length5.5″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceRaw T700 Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″), 16mm (0.63″)
Edge Guard1/8″ Overlapping Paddle Face

Engage Pursuit Ultra MX 6.0 Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle

Engage Pursuit Ultra MX 6.0 pickleball paddle
Engage Pursuit Ultra MX 6.0 Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Engage pickleball paddles have plenty of fans thanks to their solid construction, with several options for different play styles. One option with plenty of spin potential is the Engage Pursuit Ultra MX 6.0 Carbon Fiber pickleball paddle.

Available in Lite and Standard weight options, the Pursuit Ultra MX 6.0 features a 16mm core, giving players ample control on groundstrokes, dinks, and counters. The high-texture carbon fiber offers plenty of spin potential.

Padle Face: R210 High-texture Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Control Pro Black Honeycomb Polymer

Price: $259.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerEngage
Average Weight7.95 ounces (LITE), 8.35 ounces (Standard)
Weight Range7.8 – 8.1 (LITE), 8.2 – 8.5 ounces (Standard)
Grip Size4 3/8″ (Medium)
Grip StyleHigh Tack, Ultra Perforated Cushion
Handle Length5.75″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceR210 High-texture Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialControl Pro Black Honeycomb Polymer
Core Thickness16mm (0.63″)
Edge GuardUniform Guard overlapping paddle face

ONIX Evoke Premier Pro Raw Carbon Pickleball Paddle

ONIX Evoke Premier 16mm Raw Carbon pickleball paddle
ONIX Evoke Premier 16mm Raw Carbon Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

Made popular by pros like Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova, ONIX has paddle options for players of all levels. The newest iteration of the Evoke Premier line, the ONIX Evoke Premier Pro Raw Carbon pickleball paddle, is perfect for players who love heavy topspin.

Available in 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, and 16mm core options, this paddle can be used for virtually any play style. The raw carbon fiber face provides plenty of topspin, allowing you to hit diving serves and aggressive passing shots.

More advanced players will likely prefer the 14mm and 16mm core options. Newer players or players looking for more power on their shots may enjoy the 10mm and 12mm core options.

Paddle Face: Raw Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $199.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerONIX
Weight Range7.25 – 7.75 ounces (10mm), 7.5 – 8.0 ounces (12mm and 14mm), 7.75 – 8.25 ounces (16mm)
Grip Size3-7/8″ (10mm), 4-1/8” (12mm, 14mm, and 16mm) (Small)
Grip StylePerforated Cushion Grip
Handle Length5″ (10mm and 12mm), 5.35″ (14mm and 16mm)
Paddle Length16″
Paddle Width8″
Paddle FaceRaw Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness10mm (0.39″), 12mm (0.47″), 14mm (0.55″), 16mm (0.63″)
Edge GuardAtomic13 Minimal Edge Guard by ONIX

ProXR Zane Navratil Signature 14 Pickleball Paddle

ProXR Zane Navratil Signature 14 pickleball paddle
ProXR Zane Navratil Signature 14 Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

The signature paddle of pro Zane Navratil, the ProXR Zane Navratil Signature 14 pickleball paddle is great for anyone who wants to whip through their shots with pace and spin.

Featuring an ultra-extended 6″ handle, there is plenty of space for two-handed backhands. The raw T700 carbon fiber face offers minimal give and high friction. This combination causes the ball to compress and sit on the paddle face, giving you plenty of spin and control over hard and soft shots alike.

The ProXR Zane Navratil Signature 14 is perfect for anyone who wants pace and control on aggressive swings, while also offering touch for dinks and other soft shots.

Paddle Face: Raw Carbon Fiber

Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Price: $209.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerProXR
Average Weight8.2 ounces
Weight Range8.0 – 8.4 ounces
Grip Size4″ (Small)
Grip StylePerformance-Tac Cushion
Handle Length6″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceRaw Carbon Fiber
Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness14mm (0.55″)
Edge Guard1/4″ Overlapping Paddle Face

Franklin Signature Carbon STK Pickleball Paddle

Franklin Signature Carbon STK pickleball paddle
Franklin Signature Carbon STK Pickleball Paddle (source: Pickleball Central)

The paddle of choice for siblings J.W. Johnson and Jorja Johnson, the Franklin Signature Carbon STK pickleball paddle offers plenty of power and control for players of all levels.

This paddle is available in 14.5mm and 17mm core options, giving players the choice between more power (14.5mm) and high control (17mm). The Toray T700 carbon fiber surface, along with the elongated shape, gives you plenty of power and spin everywhere you need it.

Paddle Face: Nitro Infused Carbon Fiber Surface

Core Material: Enhanced Polymer Core

Price: $149.99

Specs

SpecDescription
ManufacturerFranklin
Average Weight7.8 ounces (14.5mm), 8.1 ounces (17mm)
Weight Range7.6 – 7.9 ounces (14.5mm), 7.9 – 8.3 ounces (17mm)
Grip Size4.25″ (14.5mm), 4.5″ (17mm) – both are large
Grip StylePremium Cushion Grip
Handle Length5.6″
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Paddle FaceNitro Infused Carbon Fiber Surface
Core MaterialEnhanced Polymer Core
Core Thickness14.5mm or 17mm
Edge GuardPremier Protection Edge Guard

Tips When Shopping for Pickleball Paddles for Spin

  • Don’t ignore other specs in favor of a spin-friendly paddle face. Handle length, core thickness, and paddle dimensions all matter for pickleball match performance.
  • If you prefer two-handed backhand drives, look for pickleball paddles with handles that are 5.5 inches or longer.
  • If you prefer or need more power on your shots, a paddle with a 14mm core or smaller may be the best option.
  • If you prefer or need more touch or control on your shots, a paddle with a 16mm core or larger may be the best option.
  • If you struggle with hitting the ball off the edge of the paddle, look for paddles with more traditional, square-like shapes. There are plenty of paddles with traditional shapes and spin-friendly face materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is spin important in pickleball?

Spin is important in pickleball because it can help control the trajectory of the ball and create unique angles on the court. Spin can also make it difficult for opponents to return the ball.

Do I need a raw carbon fiber paddle to hit with spin in pickleball?

No. Any pickleball paddle with a textured surface can help you hit with plenty of spin.

How do pickleball paddles affect spin?

The design and materials used in pickleball paddles can enhance or limit the amount of spin you can put on the ball. Some paddles are specifically designed for generating spin.

Which type of paddle is best for spin?

Paddles with textured or rough surfaces are best known for producing more spin. Composite or graphite-faced paddles often offer better grip on the ball, allowing for increased spin potential. Recently, raw carbon fiber-faced paddles have become highly popular as spin-friendly pickleball paddles.

Can beginners benefit from using a paddle that promotes spin?

Absolutely! Even if you’re new to pickleball, having a paddle that enables spin will help you develop your skills faster and become a more versatile player.

Are there any specific brands known for their excellent spin-oriented paddles?

Several brands are recognized for producing high-quality paddles that excel in generating spin, including Selkirk, JOOLA, Engage, and ONIX.

Can I adjust the amount of spin generated by my paddle?

While certain paddles are designed to maximize spin potential, ultimately it comes down to your technique and skill level in applying appropriate strokes to generate desired levels of spin.

Are there any recommended techniques to increase my ability to put more spin on the ball?

Improving your swing path, practicing different types of spins (such as topspin and backspin), and focusing on proper contact points with the ball will all contribute to enhancing your ability to produce more effective spins during gameplay.