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PROLITE 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.   PROLITE 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 PROLITE Sports continues to be an industry leader with innovative new paddle designs and technology.  Elite pickleball players recognize PROLITE paddles as extraordinary products. You'll find PROLITE paddles in the hands of many tournament champions. With the perfect blend of touch and power, PROLITE paddles are like no other.
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PROLITE Rival PowerSpin 2.0 pickleball paddle with SpinTac surface texture, choose from blue, purple or red. Rival PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle

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A rounded and adaptable paddle with a large sweet spot. Oversized width for strong striking and defense.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $144.99
Sale Price: $115.99

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Rebel PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Pickleball Paddle with SpinTac face material, choose from three color combinations. Rebel PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle

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A rebellious attitude and extended reach will follow you onto the court. Long, textured face for increased spin capability, and perfect balance of controllable power.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $144.99
Sale Price: $115.99

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CRUSH PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle with SpinTac surface, choose from High Tide, Iridescence or Sunrise colors. CRUSH PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle

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This paddle offers a light head weight for quick response. PROLITE's textured surface creates extreme spin and versatility!

Middleweight/Small Grip

MSRP: $144.99
Sale Price: $115.99

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Supernova Pro LX Paddle  features the PROLITE Hyperweave tri-layered face material with gold or silver fibers, your choice, interwoven into the top carbon fiber layer. Supernova Pro Hyperweave LX Paddle

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Broad 8" surface means outstanding blocking and resetting capabilities, and the tri-layered tightly-woven carbon fiber face plays amazingly consistently from all court depths.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $209.99

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Rebel Pro LX Paddle features the PROLITE Hyperweave three-layered face material and is available in gold or silver color options. Rebel Pro Hyperweave LX Paddle

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A tight carbon fiber weave creates more precise shots in this high-performing and great-looking paddle with a 4-3/4" long handle, and 16" overall length.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $209.99
Rebel Pro XLT Hyperweave LX Paddle features the proprietary PROLITE tri-layer carbon fiber face, and is available in gold or silver color options. Rebel Pro XLT Hyperweave LX Paddle

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Paddle with a consistently responsive, yet controllable tri-layer carbon fiber face and long 5-1/4" handle for double-handed backhands and blocks.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $209.99

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Titan Pro LX Paddle features the PROLITE Hyperweave tri-layered face material, broad hitting surface, and premium performance from its premium materials. Available in two color options, gold or silver. Titan Pro Hyperweave LX Paddle

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An ultra-premium paddle with a broad, precision-oriented, tri-layer carbon fiber face, excellent balance, and a 5" long handle.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $209.99

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Ignite Hybrid Pickleball Paddle-choose from red or black Ignite Hybrid I-Series Graphite Paddle

Versatile paddle with a tapered bottom and rounded top for quick exchanges and more usable surface.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $89.99

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Illuminate 2.0 Pickleball Paddle-choose from blue or coral. Illuminate 2.0 I-Series Graphite Paddle

A light-to-midweight paddle with a textured surface to enhance spin on many of your best shots.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $79.99

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Illuminate 2.0 2-Paddle Bundle with Sling Bag features 2 carbon fiber paddles, 3 yellow outdoor balls, and convenient yellow sling bag to carry it all. Illuminate 2.0 2-Paddle Bundle w/Sling Bag

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Bundle with 2 balanced, medium weight carbon fiber paddles, a convenient sling bag, and 3 outdoor pickleballs.

Middleweight/Small Grip

MSRP: $187.99
Sale Price: $169.19
PROLITE Fuel Pickleball Backpack features adjustable dividers inside large main compartment. PROLITE Fuel Pickleball Backpack

This bag will carry all your gear in style. Adjustable dividers in main compartment make is simple to organize your space.

Measures 20 x 11.5 x 8"

Price $79.99

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No-Sweat Diamond Grip, the same popular grip seen on the Titan paddle. PROLITE No-Sweat Diamond Grip

Diamond design improves traction and directs moisture away from your skin for an extremely secure feel. Rubberized cushion surface provides a soft, comfortable grip for your paddle.

Price $8.99

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Phantom Ultra Grip, with increased traction, comfort, and durability. PROLITE Phantom Ultra Grip

Tacky, rubberized cushion provides comfort and slip-free traction. Stable and effective construction improves durability.

Price $7.99

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SofTac 32 Pickleball Grip by PROLITE PROLITE SofTac 32 Pickleball Grip

This soft grip is slightly tacky with dimples to avoid slippage, lightweight, and highly absorbent. Black only.

Price $4.99

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Comfort Contour Pickleball Grip by PROLITE PROLITE Comfort Contour Grip

Now you can re-grip your favorite paddle with PROLITE's Comfort Contour grip featuring contrast stitching.

Price $7.99

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No-Slip Thin Pickleball Grip by PROLITE PROLITE No-Slip Thin Grip

This thin grip will keep your paddle looking fresh, provides great traction with minimal size. Lots of vibrant colors to choose from.

Price $1.99

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The PROLITE Edge Tape Armor is available in black, red, or white color options and arrives with three strips per package. PROLITE Edge Tape Armor 3-Pack

Extra protection that can be added to the edge of your paddle to protect the structural integrity of your gear and defend against scrapes.

Price $8.00

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PROLITE Paddle Cover, available in two sizes. PROLITE Paddle Cover

Neoprene paddle cover bearing the PROLITE logo will keep your paddle protected and looking fresh. Choose from 2 sizes.

Price $16.99

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Legacy PROLITE trucker-style hat with brand patch featuring lightning bolt and ball logo on the front, available in black, white, pink, red, and khaki colors. PROLITE Legacy Trucker Hat

Mesh-backed hat offered in five colors, with PROLITE emblem and adjustable back snap closure.

Price $25.00
   
 

2021 Q & A with PROLITE owner Neil Friedenberg about New PowerSpin 2.0 Paddle Lineup and More

Q: PROLITE is truly an original manufacturer of pickleball paddles. You have seen tremendous change in the sport. What is the biggest difference in the way pickleball is played today compared to when you started in 1984?
A: The biggest difference that I have seen is the progression to a much faster paced game. Points are still long mind you, but because of the higher skill set and the ability to reset points, the matches are truly remarkable. You are seeing players turning on the power aspect of the game much quicker than before. Before, most were hitting the soft 3rd shot drop and then moving to the line where it became a very long dinking war. Not anymore. Players are coming in with professional and collegiate backgrounds. The fire has been ignited among the older professionals as well, looking for that competitive drive again. And they found it in Pickleball.

Q: There have been a lot of changes in paddles over the years; what do you see as having the biggest impact on paddle performance?
A: It’s funny. Take a look out there at the best. Almost 95% of them play with some type of honeycomb core in some form or fashion thanks to PROLITE. It was not until recently that brands started using thicker cores. And, to answer your question, durability, vibration control, and rebound have been the biggest contributors to paddle performance.

Q: You spend a lot of time in research and development of your paddles; what was the inspiration behind the PowerSpin 2.0 series?
A: My inspiration was being more direct, and to utilize a new type of fiberglass that was more forgiving, felt more controlable, added touch, and thickened up the overall paddle resulting in increased crispness and vibration absorption; the perfect blend! Besides, why in the world would someone buy a paddle that is the same shape, same construction, but different weight or thicker/thinner, and have a “control” paddle versus a heavier version and call it a “power” paddle? Why not have both?

Q: Tell us about the thicker core that we find in the new PowerSpin 2.0 line of paddles.
A: Yes, the core is 14mm thick. It is a different type of polypropylene core that we have not used previously. After heavy R&D, we kept coming back to the 14mm; the ultimate blend of vibration absorption, feel, and lower pitch (sound). We knew it was a step above the rest. It also aided in the overall sense of a player looking for the one paddle that can deliver it all...power, touch, crisp impact, balance, and high quality.

Q: The Rival PowerSpin 2.0 is a unique shape. What is the purpose of the rounded shape?
A: The goal for the rounded shape was to increase the overall size of the sweet spot, basically making it one of the largest sweet spots on the market. While developing this paddle, I wanted to create a fully rounded paddle where there were not flat/straight areas along the perimeter of the paddle. And there is more headweight, just like a tennis racquet. Now you have that in a paddle. Not only is it geared for tennis players, it transitions well for the table tennis player, too.

Q: You've developed a lot of versions of the Rebel paddle over the years; what is it that keeps you updating that particular model?
A: The demand, hands down! The shape is unique because of its blend of oversize, elongated, hybrid with the rounded upper part of the paddle aiding in digging out low balls. And, the name! Think about PROLITE and what we have been doing for almost 40 years. We have always been the "rebel" among the others. We develop new ideas constantly. We think differently. We are not concerned with what others are doing. We enjoy being different and not following the crowds. It is not a popularity contest of which manufacturers have which players on each team. It is an integrity and character contest in the eyes of those who feel comfortable in their own skin and have a vision of what they foresee bringing the overall best quality and innovation to the market. Are you a PROLITE mentality type of player?

Q: Is there a paddle that you prefer to use in competitions?
A: Usually our Supernova Pro, although in my last tournament I used the new Rival. It changes though. I am the type of person that enjoys trying the entire line of PROLITE paddles. They are all made well, excellent quality control, and all have a definitive feel and vibe within the line. Lately, I have been swinging the brand new PROLITE Rebel PowerSpin 2.0 in aqua/yellow.

Q: We know that top-rated pro players often add weight to change the power or balance of a paddle. Have you done anything to adjust the paddle weight or balance of your paddle to optimize it for your game?
A: Oh yeah. I love additional headweight. I add PROLITE Edge Tape Armor to mine. Why not make it spicy?! I used to add lead weight in the past, but there's no reason to now. Plus the edge tape comes in different colors and is a healthier option than using anything made with lead. I like a little extra force/weight coming through at impact.

Q: Do you have any advice on what type(s) of players are best suited for the different PROLITE paddle models?
A: Absolutely! This is why we developed a FitChart. Not many companies do this, but our goal was to "narrow it down" for customers based on their sporting backgrounds. For instance, headweighted and longer-handled paddles are great for tennis, padel, and platform tennis players. However, paddles which are evenly weighted throughout and feature a short handle are better suited for those with racquetball and ping pong experience.

Q: Here's a weird one...does paddle color matter to you, and which is your favorite?
A: Hey, I am just like the rest of you. I like color and sharp patterns on my personal paddles. I “dress it up." I typically like vibrant colors that give some attitude to your paddle. Red, lime, and silver to name a few. I try to project an 80’s vibe.

Q: Finally, do you have any special rituals that you follow during tournament days that you think amateur players might benefit from knowing?
A: Great question. I don’t play nearly as much as I used to at tournaments. Balancing family along with pickleball tournaments can get tough to do. Honestly, I try to relax my mind and go through a normal routine. Breakfast, warm-up, practice game, and then just chill. It's pickleball...a game of unforced errors. You versus yourself much of the time. Make fewer errors than your competition and you will be in good shape. Try to dumb it down, in a sense. That takes the pressure off of yourself and relaxes the mind. If you are calm, you are patient. If you are patient, you wait to attack. And if you wait to attack, generally, you are the team to beat.

Pickleball Paddles from PROLITE Sports


True to its name, PROLITE 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 PROLITE 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. A sponsor of many clinics, tournaments, and other events, PROLITE Sports continues to contribute to the great sport of pickleball today as they have since their founding. PROLITE's current line of pickleball paddles includes:

Rival PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle – The rounded shape, giant sweet spot, textured face make this paddle a wonderful choice.

Rebel PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle – Offers extended reach, a textured face, and a rebellious attitude.

CRUSH PowerSpin 2.0 Composite Paddle – The textured face and light head weight ensure quick responses and an ability to "crush" the competition.

Titan Pro Black Diamond Series Graphite Paddle – Sound-absorbing polymer and strong carbon fiber face create the ultimate blend of control and top performance.

Large Titan LRG Black Diamond Series Graphite Paddle – Maximized hittng surface, immense power, and vibration dampening all in one package.

Supernova Pro Black Diamond Series Graphite Paddle – Large sweet spot, longer handle, and wonderful balance between power and control.

Cypher Pro Black Diamond Series Graphite Paddle – Elongated shape and head-heaviness yield power, while carbon fiber face softens dinks and drops.

Rebel Pro Black Diamond Series Graphite Paddle – Controllable power, vibration dampening, and perfect proportions; top of the line!

Magnum Graphite Stealth Paddle – Often referred to as the MGS, it's lightweight, has a supple graphite face, and is one of the few paddles using the powerful Nomex honeycomb core remaining on the market.

Ignite Hybrid I-Series Graphite Paddle – A control-oriented, teardrop-shaped paddle which plays like graphite paddles costing much more.

Illuminate 2.0 I-Series Graphite Paddle – Lighter weight, traditional shape, small grip circumference, and control-oriented graphite face in an incredibly affordable package.

An Interview with PROLITE Owner, Neil Friedenberg, circa 2015



Here's a transcript of Neil's interview:

I'm here with Neil Friedenberg of PROLITE 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 PROLITE 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 PROLITE!

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 PROLITE... we have a lot of new items coming out that I think are going to be outstanding for pickleball, very innovative things.

Fantastic, really appreciate your time.

Thank you very much.