Pro-Lite Sports has been making high quality pickleball paddles for thirty years, longer than just about anyone. When pickleball was first invented, the first pickleball paddles were actually heavy wooden paddles modeled after table tennis paddles. Pro-Lite Sports changed that forever when in 1984 its founder, Arlen Paranto, a Boeing industrial engineer, noticed the large lightweight panels that Boeing was using to make airplanes and had the idea to use these panels to make pickleball paddles. Arlen purchased panels from the Boeing Surplus Store in Kent, Washington and the rest is history! Most pickleball paddle are made out of similar panels of graphite or fiberglass faced honeycomb sheets originally created for the aerospace industry. Today Pro-Lite Sports continues to be an industry leader with innovative new paddle designs and technology. Elite pickleball players recognize Pro-Lite paddles as extraordinary products. You'll find Pro-Lite paddles in the hands of many tournament champions. With the perfect blend of touch and power, Pro-Lite paddles are like no other.
Pickleball Paddles from Pro-Lite Sports
True to its name, Pro-Lite Sports makes no super heavy pickleball paddles. (We categorize a paddle as super heavy if it's over 9.6 ounces.) Because wood paddles are always super heavy, this company doesn't make wood paddles.
Mark Friedenberg acquired Pro-Lite from Arlen Paranto and took pickleball paddle design to the next level with innovative technologies and design variations. Mark Friedenberg knew what he was doing in crafting the world's best pickleball paddles. Mark was a national pickleball champion and the author of the
Official Pickleball Handbook. A sponsor of many clinics, tournaments, and other events, Pro-Lite Sports continues to contribute to the great sport of pickleball today as they have since their founding. Pro Lite's current line of pickleball paddles includes:
Classic Composite – This is it – the original composite pickleball paddle. With its longer handle and nearly eight inch wide face, this fiberglass paddle is great for beginners to intermediates. The paddle face is decorated with the Pro-Lite lightning bolt through a pickleball logo. It's a light to medium weight paddle with the company's standard black grip with a circumference of 4 1/8 inches.
Power Composite – As the name implies, this paddle carries quite a punch. Its fiberglass face adds just a little more weight making this one of the heaviest paddles from this company. Tennis players love this paddle for its extra-long handle.
Magnum Composite – This paddle has a classic shaped paddle face with a fiberglass face over a Nomex honeycomb core. It's a high performance paddle that is highly regarded by many players. The graphite version of this paddle is extremely popular.
Blaster 2 Alloy – This paddle incorporates the popular Blaster large paddle face. It has a fiberglass face and an aluminum honeycomb core giving it both power and touch. The painted "2" graphics decorate the paddle with a fun design.
Blaster Graphite – One of the most popular paddles on the market and with top rated players. Lightweight and fast, this over-sized graphite paddle is great for all level of play. You really can’t go wrong with this paddle.
Impact Graphite – A lightweight graphite paddle with a long reach. It has a Nomex honeycomb core with graphite facing that is decorated with a vinyl decal. The paddle face is more oval shaped than other paddles giving it a unique balance that is lightning fast.
Magnum Graphite Stealth – A very popular paddle that is often referred to as the MGS. This paddle comes in two graphic designs the original version with the lightning bolt coursing through a pickleball and the "burst" version with a shadow figure hitting a pickleball with a yellow burst in the background. The burst is one of the more colorful paddles on the market. This lightweight graphite paddle has a terrific shape and balance making it a gold medal winning paddle.
Enforcer Graphite – This paddle has a unique teardrop shape that shifts the weight of the paddle toward the paddle's head. It's light, quick and, with its extra-long handle, has a super-fast swing. It's a winning paddle that's a long time favorite.
Aero-D Graphite – A standard sized graphite paddle with one of the longest handles on the market. This paddle has a decal decoration with a classy black and gray pattered background set against a bright accent color text. This paddle is a great graphite paddle at a great price.
Rocket XL - An innovative poly core paddle with a fiberglass face material. This paddle offers solid hits and great middle to heavy weight power. Pro Lite breaks with tradition and added a cushion thick grip to this paddle.
An Interview with Pro-Lite Owner, Neil Friedenberg
Here's a transcript of Neil's interview:
I'm here with Neil Friedenberg of Pro-Lite Sports and big news recently came out that you purchased Dink Sports. What was the motivation behind that?
Well the motivation was, they had a ton of innovative and great ideas, they're a Wisconsin-based company, we actually all play pickleball together and we wanted to share our information with each other and really build on the Pro-Lite and still have the attitude.
And I had an opportunity to watch you play a little out there! I want to know how being a pickleball player influence you as a paddle manufacturer?
Well it's pretty influential, you know. I get the time to play and obviously that's great, I like being competitive and I like playing pickleball. But you meet a lot of good people; you need all those players and a wide variety of paddles out there, shapes, weights, everything and you have the chance to talk to them and what they enjoy, what they're looking for in a paddle and that's important to make sure we're covering everyone's preference out there, that's really important to us. It also lets us talk with other manufacturers. We're all friends out here and motivated to make great paddles for everyone... you meet a lot of good people, good friendships.
And in talking, there's some hints that there's some new stuff coming from Pro-Lite!
We have a lot of great ideas and we are very antsy about it, very excited. I can't give away too much here but just watch out for Pro-Lite... we have a lot of new items coming out that I think are going to be outstanding for pickleball, very innovative things.