These paddles are perfect for beginners and for those players seeking a very heavy paddle. When the sport was invented, wooden paddles and racquets were the first ones used by players. Over the years, the designs have improved with the use of higher-quality plywood material, better grips, and safety straps. They are very cost-effective, making them popular with schools, clubs, YMCAs, and a variety of recreational programs. We do not weigh our wood paddles, but most of these paddles weigh between 9 and 11 ounces with some even heavier.