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Thick Core Pickleball Paddles

Paddles with thicker cores expand the sweet spot while maintaining power.

Many of the latest paddles on the market feature a core that is thicker than in traditional paddles. The consistent aim of the manufacturers using this design is that these paddles will offer a larger sweet spot for control, while maintaining enough power for put away shots. Below you will find a great selection of thick core paddles with more detailed descriptions to help you make an informed decision on the right paddle for you.

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The ESSNOVA CARBON ATTK  Pickleball Paddle by adidas features a classic black and red design with a big silver adidas logo in the center. adidas ESSNOVA CARBON ATTK Paddle

Provides reach and comfort with a predictably rebounding, low-density poly core in a carbon fiber-faced paddle.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $149.99

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The ADIPOWER ATTK Pickleball Paddle by adidas is offered with a sleek black, silver, and yellow design, with a white adidas logo in the center. adidas ADIPOWER ATTK Paddle

A moderately-elongated paddle utilizing a unique blend of face materials and structural reinforcement creating a soft-playing, yet attack-oriented paddle.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $189.99

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The ADIPOWER CTRL Pickleball Paddle by adidas is offered with a sleek black, silver, and red color combination, with the white adidas logo in the center. adidas ADIPOWER CTRL Paddle

With a Carbon Aluminized face, high density poly core, and traditional shape this paddle is designed to enhance the control skills of the advanced players who wield it.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $189.99

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The ESSNOVA CARBON CTRL HD Pickleball Paddle by adidas features an attractive black and blue design with a big silver adidas logo in the center. adidas ESSNOVA CARBON CTRL HD Paddle

For when you want the control of a carbon fiber paddle that plays solid and consistent with a sweet spot in the dead center of the paddle.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $149.99

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The ESSNOVA CARBON CTRL LD  Pickleball Paddle by adidas arrives with a sleek black and green color combination, with a big silver adidas logo in the middle. adidas ESSNOVA CARBON CTRL LD Paddle

A Carbon 3K face and a thick, softer, low-density poly core add up to a control oriented paddle with a little bit of pop, perfect for an all-court game.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $149.99

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The RX44 Pickleball Paddle by adidas features an eye-catching black, yellow, and red color combination with a large white adidas logo in the center. adidas RX44 Composite Paddle

A well-balanced and midweight paddle with a fiberglass composite face that provides a central sweet spot and enough power to send your drives deep.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $99.99

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The RX20 Pickleball Paddle by adidas arrives in a great-looking black, gold, and red color combination with a large white adidas logo in the center. adidas RX20 Composite Paddle

Puts some spring in your game with a powerful fiberglass face and pliable core that propels your shots across the net.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $99.99

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The DRIVE Pickleball Paddle by adidas features an attractive blue-on-black design with a centrally located adidas logo. adidas DRIVE Composite Paddle

Discover the joy of pickleball with an entry-level paddle from adidas featuring modern technology that makes playing the game so enjoyable!

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $59.99
HELIO Composite Performance Paddle from Armour, available in green/black, grey/blue, or red/blue. HELIO Composite Performance Paddle

A powerful but balanced paddle with a thick 16mm polymer core, gentle touch and forgiving sweet spot.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $149.99

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HELIO Carbon Graphite Performance Paddle from Armour, available in blue/green, grey/blue, or red/blue. HELIO Carbon Graphite Performance Paddle

Balanced paddle with a thick 16mm polymer core given more control thanks to the rigid and responsive graphite surface.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $169.99

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The Baddle Lancer Composite Paddle features a sleek 2-sided design, fiberglass face material, and is available in "lazer" black, blue, or green color options with two handle circumference options. Baddle Lancer Composite Paddle

FREE Paddle Cover
A SpinGrit-textured composite fiberglass paddle with a thick'ish polymer honeycomb core that packs a punch. Traditional shape is great for blocks and resets.

Mid-Heavyweight/Small-Medium Grip

Price $130.00

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Diadem Warrior Pickleball Paddle is available in a red and black 2-sided design, and is so far the thickest paddle ever produced by a major manufacturer. Diadem Warrior Carbon Fiber Paddle

A longer paddle with an ultra thick core that is constructed of 3 honeycomb layers utilizing 2 different materials. Gritty carbon fiber face, tapered neck.

Heavyweight/Small Grip

Price $199.95

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The Diadem Warrior Edge Carbon Fiber Pickleball Paddle features a red and black 2-sided design with an etched graphite paddle face and 16mm thick polymer core, with comfort max grip. Diadem Warrior Edge Carbon Fiber Paddle

Thick 16mm polymer core and carbon fiber face deliver control, while gritty surface spins balls like few others.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $174.95
Electrum Model E Carbon Fiber Graphite Pickleball Paddle, polymer core and carbon fiber face, available in black only. Electrum Model E Graphite Pickleball Paddle

Free Paddle Cover!
Elongated 16 1/2" paddle with a thicker core, highly textured carbon fiber face, and full-cell core design which yields consistent feel and accurate placement.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $179.99

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The Encore 6.0 paddle by EngagePickleball-choose from two grips and five colors. Encore 6.0 Paddle

June Special!
The latest release from Engage features a thicker ControlPro Core paired with FiberTEK skin, the perfect combination for enhanced spin. Choose thin or standard grip.

Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

MSRP: $159.99
Sale Price: $127.99

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The Encore EX 6.0 paddle by EngagePickleball-choose from two grips and five colors. Encore EX 6.0 Paddle

June Special!
A perfect blend of control and power from Engage. ControlPro Core paired with FiberTEK skin offer the perfect combination for enhanced spin. Choose from thin or standard grip and 5 colors.

Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

MSRP: $159.99
Sale Price: $127.99

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The Encore MX 6.0 paddle by EngagePickleball-choose from two grips and five colors. Encore MX 6.0 Paddle

June Special!
Extended length for more reach from Engage. ControlPro Core paired with FiberTEK skin offer the perfect combination for enhanced spin. Choose from thin or standard grip and 5 colors.

Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

MSRP: $159.99
Sale Price: $127.99

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The Pursuit EX 6.0 Graphite paddle by Engage Pickleball  available in black. Pursuit EX 6.0 Graphite Paddle

4th of July Sale
Thick core reduces shock and improves control, while omni-directional face texture improves spin. Available in 3 weight ranges.

Light-Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $209.99
Sale Price: $157.49

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The Pursuit MX 6.0 Graphite paddle by Engage Pickleball available in black. Pursuit MX 6.0 Graphite Paddle

4th of July Sale
Long-handled paddle with textured graphite surface and thick core for better control and spin.

Light-Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $209.99
Sale Price: $157.49

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Ben Johns Signature Pickleball Paddle available in white, black, or blue or pink. Ben Johns Signature Pickleball Paddle

From one of the top players in the game comes this paddle designed for an all court game, featuring Max Grit technology for precise, controlled play.

Standard Weight/Medium Grip

Price $99.99

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Legend Composite Pickleball Paddle by GAMMA GAMMA Legend Composite Pickleball Paddle

Features thicker large-celled core to provide a soft and quiet responsive feel. Textured composite face enhances power.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small Grip

Price $139.99

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Shard Graphite Pickleball Paddle by GAMMA GAMMA Shard Graphite Pickleball Paddle

Fracture the will of your opponent with this poly-core graphite paddle from Gamma. Choose from 2 color combinations.

Heavyweight/Small Grip

Price $149.99

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Compass Graphite Pickleball Paddle by GAMMA GAMMA Compass Graphite Pickleball Paddle

Navigate your way to a win with this elongated paddle from Gamma, featuring a thicker core and textured graphite face.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small Grip

Price $159.99

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Jester Graphite Pickleball Paddle by GAMMA GAMMA Jester Graphite Paddle

Keep them guessing with the quick and quiet Jester, featuring a thick core and a textured graphite face.

Light-Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $119.99

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Hellbender Graphite Pickleball Paddle by GAMMA in blue and yellow graphics and a striking shape. GAMMA Hellbender Graphite Pickleball Paddle

Features thicker large-celled core to provide a soft and quiet responsive feel. Textured graphite face enhances control and spin.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $169.99

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Hybrid hitting surface, polymer core. Choose from two weights and two colors Gravity Pickleball Paddle

Newly Added to 4th of July Sale!
This paddle's face features a hybrid blend of graphite/composite and a thicker polymer core. Ergonomic HydroSorb Pro Grip

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $169.95
Sale Price: $149.95

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The JOOLA Vision CGS 14 Graphite Paddle features a black paddle surface with the JOOLA logo and white grip with sure-grip technology. JOOLA Vision CGS 14 Graphite Paddle

Textured surface and Aero Curve face shape result in spin, speed, and power. Longer 5.5" handle for double-handed strikes.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $169.95

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The Vision CGS 16 Graphite Paddle showcases a black textured carbon grip surface with the JOOLA logo and white grip. JOOLA Vision CGS 16 Graphite Paddle

Thick 16mm (0.63") poly core paddle with textured surface and fast-playing head design. Less vibration on impact, and controlled strikes.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $169.95

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The Solaire FAS 13 Composite Paddle features the JOOLA logo in yellow on a blue paddle face and white perforated grip. JOOLA Solaire FAS 13 Composite Paddle

Multilayered fiberglass paddle with heavier weight and textured face for powerful yet controlled play. Sensitive touch and feedback create an intuitive feel.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $149.95
The Radius CGS 16 Graphite Paddle from JOOLA has a table-tennis inspired shape and is available in black with long-lasting Carbon-Flex5 textured surface, featuring the JOOLA brand logo prominently on the face. JOOLA Radius CGS 16 Graphite Paddle

A table tennis-inspired paddle with a wide and rounded face shape. Provides great responsiveness and includes unique texture for spin.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Price $179.95

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The Ben Johns Hyperion CAS 13.5 Graphite Pickleball Paddle from JOOLA has a Carbon Abrasion Surface which features an abstract design in a pink, purple, and orange color combination, and the JOOLA logo featured prominently on the face. JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion CAS 13.5 Graphite Paddle

A long 16-1/2" paddle with a 13.5mm core that provides a fast and aerodynamic feel. Arrives with a powerful 8.2 oz. weight and textured surface for spin capability.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $159.95

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The Ben Johns Hyperion CAS 16 Graphite Paddle from JOOLA  has a Carbon Abrasion Surface which features an abstract design in shades of blue, and the JOOLA logo prominently on the face of the paddle. JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion CAS 16 Graphite Paddle

Heavier, 16mm (0.63") thick poly core paddle with tri-layer face delivering control from close up, and power from deep. Elongated shape allows for improved reach and follow-through.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $159.95

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The Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16 Graphite Pickleball Paddle from JOOLA features a unique Carbon Abrasion Surface in black, with the outline of the JOOLA logo and Ben Johns' signature printed on the face. JOOLA Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16 Graphite Paddle

Foam-injected polymer core mixes control and responsiveness for a pro-level paddle. Length allows for easy court coverage and follow-through.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $219.95

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Oneshot Pickleball Proshot 2.0 Series Paddle with a polypropylene core and graphite face. Available in slick-looking Black, only. Oneshot Proshot 2.0 Paddle

Reactive graphite surface provides great touch. Longer handle offers reach while maintaining a broad 8.2" face.

Lightweight/Medium Grip

Price $130.00

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Oneshot Pickleball Powershot 2.0 Series Paddle with a polypropylene core and fiberglass face. Available in Black, Blue, or Red. Oneshot Powershot 2.0 Paddle

An extremely well-balanced composite paddle, great for all levels of play. Generous handle length is perfect for two-handed shots.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $100.00

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Pureshot Brian The Beard Ashworth Pickleball Paddle with a polypropylene core and carbon fiber face. Available in slick-looking Black, only, from Oneshot Pickleball. Oneshot Pureshot Brian Ashworth Series Paddle

Textured graphite face easily enables spin, and thick polymer core reduces shock and creates a consistently responsive feel.

Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $140.00

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Oneshot Aero Powershot Paddle with a polypropylene core, textured graphite face, and revolutionary airflow paddle face vents. Available in Blazing Blue color. Oneshot Aero Powershot Paddle

FREE Oneshot Paddle Cover ($16.99 value)
Airflow Technology results in more power behind your strikes. Reduced aerodynamic drag equals faster paddle speeds and quicker hands.

Mid-Heavyweight/Large Grip

Price $185.00

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Oneshot Aero Proshot Paddle with a polypropylene core, textured graphite face, and revolutionary airflow paddle face vents. Available in Black Nightlight color. Oneshot Aero Proshot Paddle

FREE Oneshot Paddle Cover ($16.99 value)
Exciting new Airflow Technology results in a control-oriented paddle with reduced aerodynamic drag and some extra pop.

Light-Midweight/Large Grip

Price $185.00

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Outbreak Graphite Pickleball Paddle, graphite reinforced face and polymer core. Outbreak Pickleball Paddle

Free ONIX Paddle Cover
Features a graphite-reinforced face and polymer core. ONIX's TeXtreme Technology delivers increased durability without adding weight.

Middleweight/Large Grip

Price $129.99

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ONIX Summit Outbreak Graphite Pickleball Paddle with a thick polymer core and elongated shape, is available in an attractive blue and black color combination. Summit Outbreak Graphite Paddle

Free ONIX Paddle Cover
Elongated graphite face reinforced with TeXtreme carbon fiber, thick core for great control, and shorter table tennis-style handle.

Middleweight/Large Grip

Price $119.99

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Bantam TS-5 Pro Composite Pickleball Paddle, choose from 2 weights, 2 grips sizes and five colors. Bantam TS-5 Pro Composite Paddle

This composite paddle from Paddletek features a thick poly core, allowing a softer game. Choose from two grips, two weights and five colors.

Light or Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

Price $149.99

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Bantam EX-L Pro, choose from two grip sizes in blue, green, purple, red and yellow Bantam EX-L Pro Paddle

The pro series from Paddletek features a thicker core for more increased touch and power. Choose from two grip sizes and five color options.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small or Large Grip

Price $149.99

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The Tempest Wave Pro Paddle is available in two grip sizes and two colors. Tempest Wave Pro Graphite Paddle

The Pro version of the popular Tempest Wave paddle offers softer play via a thicker core for increased control and touch.

Light-Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

Price $179.99

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The Saber Pro Bantam Pickleball Paddle comes in two weights and two grip sizes. Bantam Sabre Pro Paddle

Offers more weight and a longer handle. Great for 2-handed backhands. Choose from five colors, small or large grip options.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small or Large Grip

Price $129.99

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Phoenix G6 Composite Pickleball Paddle, choose from five colors. Phoenix G6 Composite Paddle

With graphite in its core for control and quieter play, the composite face and balanced weight will add some drive, making it a versatile paddle.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $69.99

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Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro Paddle is available in two grip sizes and five colors. Tempest Reign Pro Graphite Paddle

The elongated version of the outstanding Tempest Wave Pro offers greater reach with all the control of a thick-core graphite paddle.

Light-Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

Price $179.99

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The Rally Graphite Power 5.0 with polypropylene core and graphite face, choose from blue green, red or yellow in thicker core for increased power. Rally Graphite Power 5.0 Pickleball Paddle

Powerful polymer core and graphite/fiberglass hybrid face. Designed to offer a large sweet spot and generous playing surface.

Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

Price $104.99

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The Quantum Pro Pickleball Paddle is available in two colors and two grips sizes. Quantum Pro Pickleball Paddle

4th of July Sale
Prince has done it again! Phenomenal power and control due to the longer handle and isometric shape. Choose from two grip sizes.

Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

MSRP: $128.99
Sale Price: $103.19

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Response Pro Composite Paddle by Prince Pickleball, choose from 2 weights, 2 grips sizes and five colors. Response Pro Composite Pickleball Paddle

4th of July Sale
With years of expertise in racquet sports, Prince Pickleball brings us this poly-core composite paddle.

Light or Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

MSRP: $128.99
Sale Price: $103.19

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Spectrum Pro Composite Paddle By Prince Pickleball, choose from 2 weights, 2 grips sizes and four colors. Spectrum Pro Composite Pickleball Paddle

4th of July Sale
Prince Pickleball created this poly-core composite paddle which features a generous sweet spot. Choose from 2 grips, 2 weights and 4 colors.

Light or Middleweight/Small or Large Grip

MSRP: $128.99
Sale Price: $103.19

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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

Free PROLITE Paddle Cover
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

Free PROLITE Paddle Cover
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

Free PROLITE Paddle Cover
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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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

Free PROLITE Paddle Cover
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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The ProXR Signature "The Wall" 14  Pickleball Paddle features a gold and grey graphic design on a 3k carbon fiber weave face and 14mm poly core. Short 4-inch handle is great for table tennis grip-style players. Ranging in weight from 8.0 - 8.4 ounces. ProXR Signature "The Wall" 14 Paddle

A lengthy 16-1/2" paddle with a short 4" handle that allows for a finger on the back of the face. Results in great control, spin, and defense.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $209.99
The ProXR Signature "The Wall" 16  Pickleball Paddle features a grey and gold graphic design on a 3k carbon fiber weave face and 16mm poly core. Short 4-inch handle is great for players with a table tennis style grip. Weight ranges from 8.0 - 8.4 ounces. ProXR Signature "The Wall" 16 Paddle

A long 16-1/2" paddle with a thick 16mm core and short, angled handle. Excellent for maintaining solid defense, stability, and follow through.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $209.99

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ProXR Advantage Blackout Series 16 Paddle features a black and gray design with red graphic accents on a fiberglass face with grit finish and 16mm polymer honeycomb core. Ranging in weight from 8.0 - 8.4 oz. ProXR Advantage Blackout Series 16 Paddle

A consistent paddle with a forgiving touch thanks to its 16mm core, but plenty of composite faced power. Angled handle contributes to spin and quick reloads.

Mid-Heavyweight/Medium Grip

Price $209.99

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AMPED S2 X5 FiberFlex Paddle, choose from red, purple, blue, gold, or regal. AMPED S2 X5 FiberFlex Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
With the largest sweet spot, this paddle is destined to be your favorite. The thicker core combined with softer face provide control as well as power.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small or Medium Grip

Price $149.99

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AMPED Epic X5 FiberFlex Paddle, choose from blue, red, purple, gold or regal. AMPED Epic X5 FiberFlex Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
Traditional shape with vibration dampening technology. Excellent power and control combined with a larger sweet spot make this paddle a sure winner.

Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

Price $149.99

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AMPED Omni X5 FiberFlex Paddle, choose from blue, red, purple, lime green or regal. AMPED Omni X5 FiberFlex Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
The elongated paddle face paired with a shorter handle provide increased reach. Revolutionary thicker core amplifies the power. Choose from four colors.

Light-Middleweight/Small or Medium Grip

Price $149.99

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AMPED Invikta X5 FiberFlex Paddle, choose from blue, charcoal, purple, red or regal. AMPED Invikta X5 FiberFlex Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
The thicker X5 core provides softer play, delivering an extreme amount of control. Available in two weight options.

Middle-Heavyweight/Small or Medium Grip

Price $149.99

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Unparalleled consistency, midweight paddle VANGUARD Hybrid S2 Paddle

Price Reduction!
Large sweet spot, gentle touch and double reinforced carbon fiber surface. Choose from two weights.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99

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Traditional shape, well balanced, choose from midweight or lightweight VANGUARD Hybrid Epic Paddle

Price Reduction!
Longer handle, wide sweet spot and double-reinforced face offer consistent control. Choose from two weights.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99

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Unparalleled consistency, choose from midweight or lightweight VANGUARD Hybrid Maxima Paddle

Price Reduction!
Unique shape, large sweet spot, gentle touch and double reinforced carbon fiber surface. Choose from two weights.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99

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Unparalleled consistency, choose from midweight or lightweight VANGUARD Hybrid Mach6 Paddle

Price Reduction!
Longest handle of the Vanguards, large sweet spot, gentle touch and double reinforced carbon fiber surface. Choose from two weights.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99

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Vanguard Omni Hybrid edition available in midweight or lightweight. VANGUARD Hybrid Omni Paddle

Price Reduction!
Long face paired with a shorter handle create a head-heavy feel for increased power and precision.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

MSRP: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.99

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The Selkirk SLK Evo Soft XL Pickleball Paddle features a white background with large SLK logo in red. Selkirk SLK Evo Soft XL Paddle

Provides a soft touch and large sweet spot for versatile, controlled play. A long 5 3/4" handle, and thick core provide reach and dampen impact vibration.

Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $119.99

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The Selkirk SLK Evo Soft Max Pickleball Paddle features a white background and large SLK logo in blue. Selkirk SLK Evo Soft Max Paddle

Responsive carbon fiber paddle that feels controllable and inspires confidence. Thick 16mm core absorbs vibrations and resists torquing in the hand.

Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $119.99
The Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 S2 Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and in lightweight or midweight ranges. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 S2 Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
Paddle with a classic shape, large sweet spot and super responsive carbon fiber surface with enhanced spin.

Light-Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99

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The Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Epic Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and in lightweight or midweight ranges. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Epic Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
Textured, responsive paddle with a longer handle and thick polymer core which reduces vibrations and improves consistency.

Light-Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99

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The Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Invikta Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and two weight ranges, lightweight and midweight. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Invikta Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
An elongated 16-1/2" paddle with a correspondingly long'ish handle, surface textured for spin, and evenly-reactive carbon fiber face.

Light-Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99

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The VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Mach6 Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and in lightweight or midweight ranges. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Mach6 Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
Durable, spin-textured paddle with long body and handle which improve reach, double-handed backhand ability, and power shots. Wonderful choice for tennis players!

Light-Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99

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The Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Maxima Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and in lightweight or midweight ranges. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Maxima Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
Shape contributes to extended sweet spot and reach, in addition to providing broad surface area. Long handle with a textured quantum carbon fiber face; truly fantastic ball control.

Light-Middleweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99
The Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Omni Paddle is available in blue and black, or crimson and black color options, and in lightweight or midweight ranges. VANGUARD Hybrid 2.0 Omni Paddle

FREE Paddle Case ($19.99 value)
A 16.5" long paddle with a short handle to maximize surface area with a head-weighted feel. Gen2 Durable Surface and Pro-Spin texture are provide durability and control.

Light-Midweight/Medium Grip

Price $199.99

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V530 Power Pickleball Paddle by Vulcan Vulcan V530 Power Paddle

A generous-sized sweet spot delivers extra power for deep lobs and drives.

Middleweight/Large Grip

Price $99.99

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V540 Hybrid Pickleball Paddle by Vulcan Vulcan V540 Hybrid Paddle

This paddle combines control and power in a modern shape making it a versatile choice.

Middleweight/Large Grip

Price $119.99

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Pickleball Central Expert's Corner: Are Thick Core Paddles Right For you?

We’ve worked with over 100,000 players around the world, and what we’ve learned is this: Pickleball players are looking for a combination of control –putting the ball where they want to put it – and power – having the ability to put a ball away when the opportunity arises. To accomplish this feat, manufacturers have used combinations of core materials, face materials, size and shape to create over 100 models of paddles. The combination of all these elements is what gives each paddle its unique playing characteristics.

Manufacturers have put more resources into innovative designs that bring out the best in their products. There is a trend in the paddle market towards models with thicker cores. Over a decade ago composite paddles became the standard for performance paddles, and they generally used cores that were .375” to .40” thick. In the last 18 months, we’ve seen a dramatic number of new products introduced with cores ranging from .562” to .625” in thickness.

The challenge with “putting a ball where you want it” is that different parts of the paddle behave differently in terms of transferring energy to the ball. Informally, players refer to the place on a paddle where the ball receives the most energy (power) as the “sweet spot.” The most dangerous and ineffective shots in pickleball are shots where you "miss your target." Examples of these are balls that you leave up high for your opponent to attack, shots hit into the net, or shots hit out of bounds. Some paddles have a "hot spot" where the ball seems to "explode" off the very center of the face of the paddle, but that same paddle may feel more "dead" the further away you get from the center of the paddle face. This results in balls being hit inconsistently, some being hit too hard, and some too soft. Engineers model this phenomenon using physics, calculating what is called a coefficient of restitution.

To create more consistency in the energy delivered from a paddle to the ball, manufacturers have produced thicker core paddles. According to Jimmy Blue, Pickleball Paddle Product Manager at Pickleball Inc, that change started in 2013 when Paddletek introduced the polypropylene core. “Prior to that most paddles were constructed using 0.4” Nomex or Aluminum cores. The change to polymer honeycomb material coincided with a switch to primarily 0.5” thickness cores.” This change was as much about material as it was about thickness, but both factors lead to higher performing paddles. Now the majority of paddles in the industry use some form of polypropylene core.

Other companies saw this trend, and decided to test the performance limits of thicker paddles. While Paddletek tested and released a number of paddles around .5” in thickness, Selkirk went “all in” with .625” thick cores when they launched the AMPED line of paddles in late 2017. The AMPED FiberFlex technology was developed to provide payers with the best possible blend of both control and power. According to Rob Barnes, a co-owner of Selkirk, “The paddles blend of thicker core, FiberFlex uni fiberglass face and a number of options in weights, grips and shapes, makes it easy for players to select their preferred paddle.”

Prince Pickleball Paddles (which are manufactured by Paddletek), introduced the Prince Spectrum Pro and Prince Response Pro Paddles in the spring of 2018. These paddles featured thicker cores using a 9/16” thick core. Noah Kaplan, Vice President at Paddletek, explains that the idea behind their thick core paddles was to provide a couple of key advantages: “The thicker cores give players at almost every level improved shot consistency due to two factors: The first is energy absorption. Whether it’s an opponent’s driving shot at you or a volleyed dink, the thicker core helps dissipate the energy of the ball into the paddle and allows the player to regain control of the play. The second is stability. Not all of us have the accuracy of Simone Jardim, Kyle Yates, or Irina Tereshenko. The thicker core provides more stability across the paddle face for those shots further away from the center or 'sweet spot' of the paddle."

The next brands to introduce paddles with a thicker core were ONIX, Paddletek, and GAMMA. In the fall of 2018 ONIX launched, the ONIX Outbreak, with a .625” core, matching the thickest core paddles on the market to date. When asked about the advantages of thick core paddles, Zach Scheller with ONIX told us, “The biggest advantage we’ve seen is play at the net, especially for volleys back and forth. The thicker core material further dampens the ball energy which gives you a little more feel and control on drop shots, volleys, and dinks.” The Outbreak was the first paddle to combine a thicker core with a woven carbon fiber face material (made from TeXtreme). This combined the traditional softer play attributes of a carbon fiber face with the enlarged sweet spot of the thicker core.

Also in the fall of 2018, Paddletek launched a line of thicker core paddles all featuring .562” (9/16”) cores. The new Tempest Pro model drew inspiration from its .5” core graphite faced counterpart (the Tempest Wave) to create a breakthrough paddle that many players consider the largest sweet spot paddle ever made. This is the result of combining a thick core with a soft playing rigid graphite face material. Paddletek also released thick core versions of its ultra-popular Bantam EX-L and TS-5 series paddles, giving players lots of options for traditional poly-core/fiberglass faced paddles with weight ranges as low as 7.0 ounces, or as heavy as 8.8 ounces.

In early 2019 GAMMA’s thick core paddles (using a technology they refer to as Neucore) were launched, including a variation of their very successful blade shaped paddles– the Compass. Along with the Shard and the Legend, they offer a variety of shapes and paddles surfaces to give even more combinations for players to try. As far as where the industry is heading, Chuck Vietmeier of GAMMA says, “I see new shapes, softer cores, thicker cores and new materials in the future. Players are looking for options in paddles such as longer handles to accommodate two-handed shots, and softer paddles for more touch and feedback.”

Our testing of these paddles here at Pickleball Central, combined with customer ratings from thousands of players, confirm what these manufacturer innovators learned in their labs. These paddles play great, delivering on the promise of exceptional control with a large sweet spot, with enough “put-away” power to finish points. All of these companies are advancing the sport of pickleball by providing players more creative choices when it comes to their equipment. The thick core paddles are proving a success on the courts and providing greater playability than the original non-wood paddles. Large sweet spots, vibration dampening and put-away power are a great combination to elevate anyone’s game.

The proof of the success is in the player reviews you can read about in each of the products on this page. Over half of these paddles are rated 5-stars, and the remainder rate at least 4.5-stars. They are very well received, and come in an exceptional variation of styles including short handle, long handle, ultra-long, wide-body, and everything in between. Face material options include fiberglass, graphite, woven carbon fiber, and hybrid systems using a mixture of face material build-ups.

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