Selkirk Wows the Pros & Brings Improvements You Can Feel to Amped Paddles

Whenever new paddles are released you hear promises of equipment being taken “to the next level.” But what does that really mean?

In certain cases it involves a manufacturer creating something we’ve never seen before—a unique paddle shape, grip or look. Just as often, however, we see fresh iterations of pre-existing gear.

Selkirk Amped Paddles

Tyson McGuffin won the 2017 USAPA Nationals Gold in Men’s Open Singles with the Amped Maxima 

Paddles might get a new decal or weight class, minor tweaks which can nonetheless result in significant differences in play. With Selkirk’s recently released Amped series, however, the paddles have undergone so many alterations from their original design that they truly are on a “different level” than the predecessors.

The main thing the Amped paddles share with their original models is shape. Selkirk has taken 4 of their most popular paddles and mirrored their style to address different types of play.

Each paddle comes in multiple colors in addition to those shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic – A traditional widebody paddle shape that balances handle length and surface area. Its wide sweet spot helps with fast volleys at the net and can suit any player type.

S2 – Has the largest sweet spot of any of the Amped paddles, providing a very responsive and lively feel. The broad design provides plenty of surface area to easily return pickleballs while focusing on technique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omni – Provides reach and control. Paddle has a shorter handle designed for players who grip lower on the handle or those who play with a finger against the face. This allows for maximum reach while maintaining a decent width.

Maxima – The longest paddle; ideal for power players who drive the ball but requires precision due to slimmer face. Weighing only 7.5 oz, it features a power-generating, head-heavy balance preferred by tennis players.

These paddles have already proven their success on the courts, but through their Amped evolution, the designs have been strengthened further. Both the faces and cores have been updated to provide improved touch, consistency and control.

Thanks to these changes, Selkirk believes they’re truly hit on a combination of “power and control” that players will love.

FiberFlex Unidirectional Fiberglass

The face material’s “unidirectional” quality relates to Selkirk’s unique manufacturing process, including the way inks are melded onto the face. This affects performance by providing players with an even feel and additional “cushioning” that causes pickleballs stay against the face longer.

X5 Polypropylene Core

This thicker, patent-pending core creates a larger sweet spot, reduces vibration to prevent pickleball elbow and minimizes torque. Torque is what happens when you hit off-center, causing a paddle to twist in your hand and reducing accuracy.

Unibody Design

This sturdy design melds the core and face together for improved performance and durability.

Many 5.0 players have already tried the Amped paddles and are loving how they play. You can find pro reviews in the Selkirk paddles category on PickleballCentral.

Amped Fans Include:

Tyson McGuffin, 2016 National’s Medalist & 2017 USAPA Nationals Singles Champ
Kurtis Campbell, SoCal Summer Classic Gold Medalist
Tonja Major, 2017 US Open Gold Medalist & 2017 USAPA Nationals Bronze Medalist
Morgan Evans, 2017 TOC Champion

And many others! Check out the video below to hear more about the Amped paddles from top player Glen Peterson (US Open & USAPA Nationals Gold Medalist):

To find the perfect selection for your play style, check out the Amped paddles at PickleballCentral and get ready to supercharge your play.

Amped Contest

We’d also like to extend a special offer to our readers by providing a chance to win one of the Amped paddles for yourself.

Just click the image below and enter a few details to test your luck. Entries close on November 21st, so make sure to join in soon!

Amped Contest

Pickleball Youth Leagues on the Rise, Bring New Talent to the Game

Pickleball is a fantastic hobby for young players for the same reasons it’s great for adults—the nature of the game is a strong equalizer which lowers the barrier to entry, both financially (for their parents) and from a skill-based perspective.

Many players have come to pickleball not only from other racquet sports but from non-sporting backgrounds entirely, which makes it ideal for kids who don’t consider themselves particularly athletic. Bring the game to a school gym or community center, and time and again, we’ve seen young players take to the sport like it’s second nature.

As noted by Beverly Youngren of the Carlsbad Pickleball group, “While older competitors are often former tennis players looking for a sport that’s easier on the knees, young players often go the other way. They become confident at pickleball and move on to tennis.

“You can see the glimmer in their eyes, and they say, ‘I can do this.’ ”

Carlsbad Pickleball hosted their first tournament for youth in December 2016.

“We had other youths that wanted to play, but I had to cut it off because there [aren’t] enough courts.”

At PickleballCentral we’ve seen this trend continue to grow as clubs open up enrollment to kids and start classes or leagues specifically for them. Even manufacturers have started to take note, with some businesses like Paddletek creating paddles specifically for younger players (see the Ranger).

We’re always happy to see players of any age take up pickleball, but it’s especially exciting to know the next generation will be bringing some fresh talent to the courts.

Jack Munro

Jack Munro won US Open gold

Younger players have already been engaging in more competitive events as well. One particularly fun example is that of 12-year-old Jack Munro, who won gold with 69-year-old JoAnne Russell in the 2017 US Open Mixed Doubles.

They were respectively the youngest and oldest competitors in the 19-49 group!

The USAPA launched a Juniors Division in 2016 which was kicked off at the USAPA Nationals VIII Tournament where the kids got a chance to play with pros. You can find additional resources and information on the USAPA site specifically for junior players or those interested in promoting the game to a younger demographic.

Check out some of the amazing play from these up-and-comers at the Nationals VIII Tournament:

From both official tournaments to local initiatives, we know pickleball can only benefit from more youth involvement.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out our articles on the Yavapai Detention Center and Ontario Pickleball Club. Both of these groups are great examples of local pickleball associations that have taken the initiative to provide healthy outlets to kids in their community.

We’re glad that existing pickleball communities are welcoming young players with open arms. Do you know of any youth programs or leagues started up in your community? If so, let us know in the comments!

 

Gamma Proves Beauty Isn’t Skin Deep… When It Comes to Paddles

All paddle surfaces are not created equal.

When it comes to graphics, Gamma has found that good-looking design isn’t only a matter of appearance; it also affects how a paddle plays.

This means that you should never have to choose between style and function. And now with Gamma’s new paddle releases, you can own the best of both worlds.

The Mirage and Razor are here to bring together the best aspects of paddle technology and surface design.

Gamma Mirage

Gamma Mirage, $89.95

This duo’s most clever feature is all in the face, in that Gamma uses a direct print process rather than a screen print or a printed label during manufacturing.

Direct Printed Graphics

Chuck Vietmeier, Director of Product Marketing at Gamma, explains, “[Direct printing] not only gives us a clear, clean and high-end look, but it allows players to get the most response from the face of their paddle. Vinyl graphics in our opinion do not allow for proper ball feedback.”

Gamma dug into customer research to find out what players were seeking in their equipment at high levels of play. Aside from determining that polymer core paddles were clearly the top choice when it came to trends, they found many players craved a responsive feel and softer sound.

Smooth Poly Core

This resulted in the paddles utilizing Gamma’s new “Sensa Poly Core” for increased control, while offering variation in surface materials and weight.

Chuck says that the new polyester core in the Gamma paddles make them a more comfortable option for players at all levels of play. “The core is so responsive that allows a player to hit more accurate shots with less effort.”

Gamma Razor

Gamma Razor, $109.95

The Mirage uses a composite face while the Razor has a graphite surface.

The Perfect Face/Weight Combo

Chuck explains the graphite-faced Razor “allows for a lighter, more maneuverable paddle with lots of pop and ball feedback. It has more more power without sacrificing control and feel.”

The Mirage weighs in at a heavier 8.0 oz, with the Razor sitting at 7.6 oz.

These paddles do have a standard edge guard unlike Gamma’s original series with their patented flush edge guard, but the face overlap is minimal (~1/8″) and only serves to broaden the sweet spot within the paddles.

One thing Gamma has brought back is their popular updated honeycomb grip from the 2.0 line, offering high traction and increased comfort thanks to the cushioned design.

USA-Made and US Open Success

We know many of our customers care about where paddles are manufactured, which is why we’re also happy to report that Gamma paddles are produced wholly within the USA.

All of the paddles are, of course, USAPA approved so you can take them to your next tournament.

Lucy with Phaser 2.0

Lucy with her original Gamma favorite, the Phaser 2.0

A top player who’s been making use of Gamma’s line is 5.0 player Lucy Kitcher. Lucy took home several gold medals at the 2017 US Open and originally met Gamma reps at the tournament last year.

Gamma felt “her passion and drive to excel in the sport of pickleball matched [theirs],” and from there on out an ideal partnership was formed.

Pro Player Lucy Kitchner Shares Her Pick

Lucy formerly used Gamma’s Phaser 2.0 and is now playing with the Mirage due to its balance between touch and power. She notes that players coming from a tennis background may prefer the Razor for its more fast-acting graphite surface.

“Gamma shares the same passion for pickleball as the players,” Lucy says. “They’ve expanded into pickleball because they enjoy the game and have been in and amongst the players asking questions and looking to provide them with what they want.

“They’ve already been on the front lines with grips, ball carts and nets, and are now are producing top-notch paddles that will suit recreational players as well as the pros.”

Finding the Magic Fit

We loved Lucy’s response when we asked her how players could determine the right paddle for them amid the new lineup.

“It’s like Harry Potter: The wand chooses the wizard! You really have to try them and see which one feels right.”

We agree! Wizards—er, players, that is—know there’s nothing quite like trying a paddle for yourself.

We’ll take this moment to gently remind readers that here at PickleballCentral, we give all customers a 30-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

After purchasing any paddle from us you’re free to try it out for those 30 days to ensure it’s a match. If it isn’t, just give us a call and we’ll exchange it for one that serves you better.

Lucy rounds out her admiration for Gamma by adding, “Gamma has been pleasant and flexible to work with and has given me the tools I need to play my best. I’m hoping to be a positive representation of the high quality brand they are. I’m grateful for their support and hope they feel the same about my efforts to share their product line with others.”

Try out the new Gamma paddles and feel their responsiveness for yourself after checking out the lineup.

What’s in a Weight? 4 Ways Paddle Weights Affect Play

There are many qualities to consider when purchasing a new paddle, but the one we hear rallied about the most is weight.

This is a reasonable focus for many players. Weight is the one attribute which can often make or (literally) break someone’s well-being on the court.

If a paddle’s shape doesn’t feel right, you can swap from a long face to a wide one with relative ease. Choose the incorrect weight, and you may find old injuries flaring up, even putting a damper on your play due to pain.

It might seem intimidating, but selecting a paddle with the best weight for your needs doesn’t have to be difficult. If you keep in mind the following attributes, then you’ll be able to make an informed decision:

Mini Weight Lifter

What’s your perfect weight? (Credit: Tim Lauer)

Power

The most obvious way a paddle’s weight affects play is through its ability to generate power. Heavy paddles provide additional speed and heft behind every hit, even when you aren’t focused on slamming.

Contrary to the common myth that players with weak wrists are better off with a light paddle, sometimes an option slightly on the heavier side is just what’s needed to give that extra pop of power to drive balls over the net.

Control

Paddle materials play a large role in how easy it is to direct pickleballs during play, with softer options like polymer considered easier to control. While this is half of the equation, weight is another factor which affects how well you can manage the game’s tempo.

A heavier paddle is more difficult to move quickly. Even strong players take more energy to move a heavy paddle to a different position, which can prove problematic during fast rallies at the net.

A lighter paddle is easier to maneuver, but on the other hand, it’s harder to defend against slams due to having to stabilize the paddle yourself instead of letting a dense paddle absorb the shock for you.

Equations

You shouldn’t need a blackboard to know the ball will go where you want it (Credit: simpleinsomnia)

Material

While it would be nice if manufacturers could magically create their paddles at any weight players desired, it’s tricky to balance so many factors during construction. Composite materials are generally heavier than graphite, which is why you’ll see most heavy paddles use composite faces while lighter paddles use graphite faces.

There are exceptions of course, especially as paddle technology has become more refined. Manufacturers are offering all sorts of material pairings at different weights. But if you prefer the feel of a certain face type, you may want to check what weights are offered for that particular material.

As of now, paddles classified as “very heavy” on our site are still entirely composed of composite or wood options, though you can find a few graphite paddles if you move down to the standard “heavy” category. The reverse provides more options (there are plenty of lightweight composite paddles).

Balance

When discussing weight distribution, paddles can be referred to as head-heavy, handle-heavy or balanced. Depending on your play style and background in other sports, you may prefer a head-heavy paddle since this feels more akin to a tennis racquet and helps lead your swing into the ball.

Handle-heavy designs are great if you have more of a “wristy” game and want the paddle to feel like an extension of your body, where balanced paddles are suitable for just about any player.

A paddle’s weight combined with its shape determines its weight distribution, so be sure to keep an eye on how each paddle’s balance will affect your ability.

Balance

If only we all had this level of balance! (Credit: Ricardo Liberato)

 


 

If you like the way a paddle plays but still feel something is “off,” take advantage of our 30-day return policy and give it a shot in a different weight. Even something as small as a 0.2 oz difference is noticeable to pros at a high level of play.

You never know when a simple change may give you just the edge you need.

Kovalova and Wright Elite Pros

Following this train of thought, Engage has recently announced their famous Elite Custom Pro is now being offered in a new “Lite” model which averages an even 7.6 oz.

This is lighter than their original 7.9 oz Standard model, so players who loved the Custom Pro’s length and versatility but craved more speed are recommended to give the paddle another perusal.

Check out the Elite Custom Pro listing and let us know if you have any questions about how to determine your most suitable paddle weight!

Planning a Pickleball Tournament Just Got Easier: PickleballTournaments.com and PickleballCentral.com Become Affiliate Partners

Are you planning on holding a pickleball tournament? Do you have your committee and volunteers in place? Do you have your venue and dates picked out? What about the hundreds of other details?

The number of pickleball tournaments in the United States, and around the world, is increasing and helping to grow the sport of pickleball. At PickleballCentral we are thrilled that it is getting easier for a player to find a local pickleball tournament, but we also understand that the planning and directing of a pickleball tournament is a very complicated and time-consuming endeavor. That is why we are excited to announce that PickleballCentral.com will now be making it easier than ever for tournament directors to get everything needed for a fun, affordable and stress-free event.

PickleballCentral and PickleballTournaments Logo

On September 7, 2017 PickleballCentral and PickleballTournaments.com will begin an affiliate partnership to provide the needed services and products for pickleball tournaments. PickleballTournaments.com is the worldwide industry leader in pickleball tournament software, management and services, while PickleballCentral.com is the world’s leading online store for pickleball equipment. Working from the same set of core values, these two companies are determined to see participation in pickleball continue to grow, and the best way to accomplish that is to increase the number of available tournaments.

Tournament Planning Becomes Less Complicated

Now tournament directors will be able to quickly and easily access the #1 resource for pickleball equipment and the #1 resource for pickleball tournament registration and management during the tournament planning process. Instead of spending additional time searching a variety of sources for custom gear, apparel, medals and other tournament merchandise, now support and supplies will be just a few clicks away.

“We will offer custom pickleball t-shirts, pickleball medals, referee gear, custom pickleballs and custom pickleball paddle covers,” states Anna Copley, co-owner of PickleballCentral. “We have lots of product ideas that are unique and affordable for pickleball tournaments.”

The number of pickleball tournaments has grown at an incredible rate over the past few years, and PickleballTournaments.com has been growing as well, providing services to tournament organizers that ease their workload and make for streamlined events. Their web-based tournament management system is used by the thousands of tournament directors who register, organize and manage tournaments of all sizes, and is the one website all tournament players visit for tournament information, registration and to follow themselves or friends and family through live tournament brackets and player results.

PickleballTournaments.com

Developed by Bob Lanius, a Microsoft developer who needed a more timely and efficient tool for directing large events, this proprietary software handles everything from registration and payments to event marketing, scheduling and real-time activity tracking during the tournament. Many credit their easy-to-use management software as having a large impact on the rise in tournaments.

“No other software in the world can manage hundreds of matches across multiple brackets in the automated fashion that PickleballTournaments.com does,” states Melissa McCurley, CEO of PickleballTournaments.com. “If it weren’t for Bob developing this site, there would not be the explosion in the growth of tournaments like we see today. It just wouldn’t be possible. We all owe Bob a lot of gratitude.”

Partnering for Pickleball Growth

Having sponsored a number of tournaments, PickleballCentral had been looking for a way to become more directly involved in the planning process. The opportunity to work directly with PickleballTournaments.com came at the perfect time.

“We saw a need for pickleball specific tournament supplies, so we were thrilled when Melissa approached us last spring to discuss an affiliate partnership,” added Anna. “Partnering with PickleballTournaments.com connects us with the epicenter of pickleball tournaments. We are honored to be the Official Supplier of pickleball tournament supplies for PickleballTournaments.com and are excited about our new line of pickleball tournament products.”

Take a look at the pickleball tournament items we’re offering in conjunction with this wonderful partnership!

HEAD Paddles Bring Tried-and-True Performance to the Industry

Today we’re excited to introduce a new line of paddles from a manufacturer just entering the world of pickleball but experienced in creating equipment for many other racquet sports: HEAD.

Certain companies might make the assumption that what works in one industry can be applied to another, but HEAD took a more humble approach to development and began their pickleball journey without any preconceptions.

HEAD PickleballCentral

Instead, they spent three years researching what makes a paddle great and developing a strong new lineup with input from pickleball pro Sarah Ansboury, 2015 USAPA Nationals gold medalist.

This has resulted in two paddle series called the Xtremes and Radicals. There are four product offerings within each, and players are sure to find a fit that will match their skill level and play style.

As the official launch partner for HEAD Pickleball, we spent some time talking to Sarah and Ben Simons, Senior Business Manager at HEAD. A few defining features of these paddles are laid out below.

High Quality Design

Ben explains that the following features can be expected in all of their paddles:

    • Quality: You can’t take shortcuts to improve your game, and HEAD didn’t take shortcuts to put out their product. Ben explains, “We spent a lot of time in development and continue to ensure we’re making high quality paddles players can rely on. You should be able to walk onto the court knowing your equipment will play the same every time. This includes a well-defined weight, balance, grip size, feel and shape for each individual paddle.”
    • Extreme Control Shape: HEAD’s unique paddle shape contributes to fantastic reach, flexibility and control. The two variations within the Xtreme and Radical lines slightly alter the paddles’ balance to accommodate different play styles.
    • Stylish Graphics: “We wanted to make sure our paddles were attractive to a wide variety of players and demographics, not only in terms of play, but when it comes to appearance. Because of that, our cosmetics are bright and engaging. Fun is central to pickleball, after all!”
    • OTC Honeycomb Core: OTC stands for optimized tubular construction. “While polymer cores are used in many paddles, the truth is that there are countless variations when it comes to things like weight, cell size, shape, wall thickness and tube height. Based on our testing, we found the type we settled on resulted in optimized performance and quality.”

Sarah with Xtreme Tour Paddle

Sarah with the Xtreme Tour Paddle

Weight Ranges

All HEAD paddles weigh in at 7.6 – 8.1 ounces. HEAD explains that, through play testing, they discovered this range was the preferred average for most players.

Ben explains, “We learned that many players do not have the swing to play with an ultra-light paddle. They might think that’s what they need, but when they hit with a well balanced paddle that has a little more weight to help them drive through the shot, they find they play much better.”

After checking out the paddles ourselves, PickleballCentral has been impressed with HEAD’s ability to produce paddles at consistent weights.

Double the Options

Each Xtreme paddle has a Radical equivalent and vice versa, but the two lines have several key differences that make them best suited to certain types of players. We spoke with Sarah to determine the primary qualities of each:

Xtreme Paddles

The HEAD Xtreme Paddles

Xtreme –

  • Slightly thinner shape with corners shaved down. “This adds more speed and maneuverability to your game, particularly at the net. For racquetball players or those who tend the drag their paddles across the ground as they hit, this also prevents damage to the paddle.”
  • Lighter weight that creates an even balance.
  • Includes the Xtreme Tour, Xtreme Pro, Xtreme Pro L and Xtreme Elite
Radical Paddles

The HEAD Radical Paddles

Radical –

  • More powerful, head-heavy shape. A bit thicker design with more forgiveness when it comes to ball placement.
  • “Players will still enjoy great control, but these paddles possess more immediate ‘pop’ due to their weight.” Despite the additional heft, players often pick these up and think they’re lighter than they really are. In truth, the Radicals just have a better balance, so players get the benefits of extra weight without feeling it.
  • Includes the Radical Tour, Radical Pro, Radical Pro L and Radical Elite

Pro Performance

Sarah’s personal preference is for the Xtreme Tour Paddle.

“I told them I wanted a paddle with some power that also had good control. I love the way the paddle grabs the ball making it great when I need to block or add spin. The interesting shape feels much more maneuverable for me which helps me at the net when I need to be fast.


To see featured videos for each of the paddles, go to the HEAD product pages and click the “Videos” tab.

“One of my favorite parts of the paddle is actually the handle. They use a mold and spray foam to surround the handle, making it a solid piece which connects to the paddle as a whole. This creates a more solid feel and durable neck.”

The Xtreme Tour (and Radical Tour) are recommended for players coming from prior racquet sports due to their touch and texture, which more closely mimics the grip you can get from something like tennis strings. The graphite surface on both models provides excellent responsiveness as well.

For newer players, Sarah believes that the Xtreme Elite or Radical Elite paddle would be a good fit.

Sarah with HEAD Paddles

Sarah with HEAD Paddles

“The two Elites have the lowest price point in both lines. They actually have the same high quality core and surface materials as the other options, but they have harder grips and a smooth face. Either would make a great starter paddle that will also hold up to advanced play, but since the Pro and Pro L options are just a bit more expensive, if players wanted a more cushioned grip they could go that route as well.

“For power players, the Radical series gets the edge due to the extra weight and fiberglass surface. There’s a lot of responsiveness that gives added pop for put-aways.”

HEAD’s Dedication to the Industry

Sarah concludes that, as an instructor, she wanted to feel confident recommending paddles to her students dependent on their individual strengths.

“Being able to choose a quality paddle that’s affordable but still uses the newest technology is important in the long haul. HEAD did a lot of play testing before putting out their final products, and not just with me. The engineer would have me answer about 20 questions, and almost as soon as I had sent a paddle back, I’d get another 20 questions! I loved that they really wanted to understand the sport.

“I believe HEAD got into pickleball to truly help the growth of this sport. In the near future we’ll continue to build the HEAD player team and ambassadors while trying to bring new players into the game. I hope everyone will enjoy the diversity their paddles are bringing to the industry.”


At PickleballCentral we carry over 100 models of paddles and often get approached by new companies attempting to break into the industry. We’re glad to be the official launch partner for HEAD paddles and hope our customers and readers will love the new products!

Co-Founder Anna Copley shared her perspective on the launch by saying: “We started collaborating with HEAD last spring at the 2017 US OPEN Pickleball Championships, and we put the new paddles through our lab and player testing all summer. We’ve found them to be exceptionally durable with fantastic performance. Visitors at our Pro-Shop and staff have enjoyed them, and HEAD has developed a great set of products that we are proud to share.”

Check out the HEAD paddles directly on our site, PickleballCentral.com!

Paddletek Offers Players More Reach and Stability with the Helo

The Paddletek Helo is an exciting new addition to the world of elongated paddles. Where similar styles use smaller grips, the Helo provides exceptional cushioning and sturdiness throughout the handle without slowing down response time.

Using a large 4-1/2″ grip with this paddle greatly improves durability since the head-dominant design can cause structural stress along face/grip meeting point. It also gives players greater stability when using a ping pong-style grip with a finger bracing against the face.

The Helo’s 17″ length is still its most notable feature, offering an extended reach that allows players to cover more ground in both singles and doubles. This makes it an ideal pick for intermediate to advanced players who want the ability to reach long shots, as well as beginners who want to become competitive despite limited mobility.

Individuals coming from backgrounds in other racquet sports in particular may find it easier to familiarize themselves with this style of paddle and enjoy the head-dominant design.

The Helo has an oblong sweet spot that runs from the middle of the paddle to the top of its face. Adjusting from a square-shaped paddle to the Helo’s shape can take some adjustment, but once players start hitting in its upper region, they tap into the full reactivity of Paddletek’s ProPolyCore.

This is the same core used in popular paddles like the Element, known for its vibration reduction. This helps prevent “pickleball elbow” and other stress-related injuries. It produces a quiet sound, making it a great fit for communities with noise restrictions. The sturdy polymer honeycomb creates consistency across the paddle and makes it easier to control than harder cores.

Compared to Paddletek’s other elongated paddle, the Horizon, the Helo has a slightly longer but thinner face, providing even more reach. It also weighs more than the Horizon but still lies in a medium range (7.6 – 7.9 oz), giving it extra power in every hit.

Paddletek has taken special care with the appearance of this paddle in addition to how it plays. Where earlier designs would cover the center of the paddle with paint, the Helo keeps the face clear so that it’s easy to tell where the sweet spot is at a glance. This also reduces the weight of the paddle overall to prevent it from running too heavy.Paddletek Helo

The dotted pattern along the sides of the Helo is elegant yet simple, providing a nice complement to Paddletek’s other offerings. It currently comes in blue, raspberry and red colors.

For fans of the Element who want greater versatility, or for those who love longer paddles and want a high level of durability in their paddle, the Helo will be sure to please.

Take a closer look at the Helo’s specs and high-quality construction at PickleballCentral.