PickleballCentral Expert's Corner:
Staff Reviews of the Evoke Premier Composite by Onix
Transcript of Video #1 - Matt Wright
Hi, I'm Matt Wright. I'm from Witchita, Kansas. I've been playing pickleball for about 3 years now. This is my fourth US OPEN. Lucy and I recently signed with Onix several months ago and we had been talking to Zach and Byron for some time and had always heard good things from the Onix team aobut the experiences they were having and that's been our experience as well. Something that was important to use when we started with Onix though, was finding a paddle that suited our game, and I think there were synergies there because Onix was looking for their next, what I'll call pro paddle, and just kind of that next product in the product line. We were able to work together over the next several months on developing what has now become the Onix Premier paddle. What we value in it and what I think Onix values in it and hopefully the general pickleball community, is the balance of control, feel but also power. Something when we were demoing that paddle, we found out a lot of things and learned ourselves throughout that process. So it has a new skin, it has new perimeter weighting and technology, and I think we've found the paddle that works well for our games, and again, I think that people will really enjoy and value.
Club Reviews of the Onix Evoke Premier Composite Paddle
"The thing I liked most about the Evoke Premier was how responsive it felt making all types of shots. The polypropylene honeycomb core combined with the DF composite face provides power without sacrificing control on dinks, lobs and volleys. This paddle is best suited for those who want an all-around game from power smashes to finesse at the net. As soon as I warmed up and hit a variety of shots, I had confidence this paddle was solid in many respects. The Onix Evoke Premier has a 16" length which gives that extra reach when needed. I think this paddle is great for people who prefer something with more weight, since at 8.1 oz. it's heavier than my current paddle. The grip has a smooth feel and the edge technology didn't negatively impact any shots hit on or close to the edge. A 4.5-rated friend tried this paddle as well. His first comment was how balanced the Evoke Premier felt for both power and touch. He likes to spin the ball and felt the coating on the surface softened the ball's impact without reducing spin or pop. He agreed the weight was best suited for those who like more heft."
- Gerry J. (3.5 Player) from Grand Rapids, MN
"When I received the Onix Evoke Premier I knew it was going to be a good fit for me.
Its clean and subtle graphics are very appealing. The new Atomic13 designed edge guard is sleek and creates a more reliable hitting surface. You can feel the handle's angled edges when you grip it, which is apparently similar to a tennis racket. I donít play tennis so I can't compare in that regard, but the grip feels secure and comfortable to me. The design provided more power on my ground strokes yet had a nice feeling when dinking. At 7.8 oz, I was able to handle the Evoke Premier quickly on drive shots, and the composite face allowed for a lot of spin without compromising control. Contact felt very solid. In fact, I had to dial down my returns. There was nice control on drop shots from any position on the court.
The large shape helped maximize reach and power stokes. I've used four paddles previously, and I feel that the Onix Evoke Premier is the best I've used. Its look, shape and construction all contribute to the paddle being the best in itís class."
- Larry (3.5 Player) from Fernie, BC
ďThe Onix Evoke Premier did not disappoint. It feels well balanced and handles nicely. This particular paddle I was using weighed 7.7 ounces, a little lighter than I'm used to, but I was surprised by the nice combination of power and control that it offered. I was able to hit solid groundstrokes while also getting good rallies with my dinking game. The grip on the lightweight model is smaller than I was used to, which would work great for players who prefer it. For myself I would consider adding an overgrip to test how it feels with a thicker handle. The one thing I love the most about the Evoke Premier was the spin I could achieve with it. When you rub your fingers across the paddle's face, it's evident that it has a more textured surface than most paddles I've tried before. I use a lot of spin on my serve and groundstrokes, and this paddle made the ball spin much harder than I expected. I highly recommend this paddle and was happy for the opportunity to try it out.Ē
- Keith R. (4.0 Player) from Calais, MN