Amazin Aces (Amazing Aces) is a new pickleball paddle manufacturer on the scene, they started out in the market with beginner to intermediate wood and composite paddles. However, Amazin’ Aces has recently expanded its offerings with a new edgeless graphite paddle.
The first paddle in their newly added “Pro Series” line, which launched in 2017, is the “Bainbridge” aluminum composite edgeless paddle with a graphite and fiberglass face. Amazin’ Aces has since launched two new additions to the Pro Series with the “Cambria“ and “Emerald“ which we review below.
Amazin’ Aces Pickleball Paddles Quick Comparison and reviews:
**Below, you’ll find our more detailed reviews; you can also click the links above to check prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.
Amazin’ Aces ‘Cambria’ Pickleball Paddle Review
The Cambria is a lightweight paddle. The lighter weight lends well to faster play and more control, think the slow dinking game at the net, ball control and ball spin…
The polymer honeycomb is light but still packs plenty of power. Then 1.0 polymer core used in this Amazin Aces paddle (compared to the slightly heavier core of the emerald paddle) keeping the weight of the paddle to a light 7.2 ounces.
The weight of this paddle makes it a good choice for a player looking to maximize their control game. The lightest paddles are better touch shots and finesse playing style like slow dinking and long rallies. The disadvantage of a light paddle is that players have to more put out more force to hit deeper shots which for a weaker player can lead to fatigue…and can also just be frustrating to play, especially from the baseline. Whereas a heftier paddle, even just an ounce heavier will give an extra boost to your shots.
If your playing style leans more toward touch, control and finesse shots at the net then the Cambria would be a good match. If you are a power-hitting banger…scroll down and check out the Emerald paddle.
Amazin’ Aces ‘Emerald’ Pickleball Paddle Review
The extra ounce on the Emerald paddle pushes it into the mid-range paddle weight. Think POWER. That extra weight will give you more power from the baseline and give an extra boost to your forehand and backhand swing. You can push the ball longer and harder with the same paddle stroke.
The paddle is approved by the USAPA for tournament play which is something to consider if you play competitively or have any plans to sign up for tournaments in the future. The paddle is made in the USA and they stand by the quality of their products by offering a one-year ‘dead spot’ warranty.
One thing to consider about weight is that if you suffer from any kind of elbow issues (see our article on Tennis elbow or “Pickleball Elbow” ) you would actually be better with a mid-weight paddle.
It may seem contrary to logic, lighter paddle might seem easier on your joints but actually, if you go with too light of a paddle it forces you to exert more force and swing harder to get the power on the shot…over time and repeated swings will end up putting unwanted stress on your elbows.
Verdict: if you have tennis elbow or “pickleball elbow” (as many now call it) go with the mid-weight Emerald NOT the lightweight Cambria.
Amazin’ Aces Emerald vs. Cambria Paddle Comparison
|Weight||7.2oz (Lightweight)||8.3 oz (Mid-Weight)|
|Length||15 7/8″||15 7/8″|
So you may have noticed on the comparison chart above that the Amazin Aces Cambria paddle and Emerald paddle have very similar specifications! So you’re probably asking: what is the difference between the two paddles? Well, it all comes down to weight. As we explained in our pickleball paddle guide, we think weight is by far the more important feature to look at in a paddle.
So if you are a beginner pickleball player, that approximately one-ounce difference between the Cambria and Emerald may seem minor, there really is a big difference between a 7.2 and 8.3-ounce paddle!
Amazin’ Aces ‘Bainbridge’ Pickleball Paddle Review (Pro Series) Edgeless Composite Paddle
The “Bainbridge” edgeless paddle was Amazin’ Aces first in their new “Pro Series” line. Since then, they have added the Cambria and Emerald paddles. The Bainbridge sets itself apart from the others as it’s the only edgeless composite paddle in Amazin’ Aces’ Pro line.
This 7.9 oz (mid-weight) paddle features a durable blend of fiberglass and graphite face over an aluminum honeycomb core.
The Bainbridge paddle is a good all-around paddle blending power and touch. The paddle is “rimless” or “edgeless”, meaning it does not have the traditional bumper or plastic edge guard around the outside of the paddle face.
If your not familiar with this type of paddle and want to learn more, see our article on Edgeless Paddles with comparisons and Pros & Cons to buying an edgeless paddle. I also explain why I do not play with edgeless paddles.
You definitely want to consider the advantages and disadvantages before buying a paddle with no edge guard. It might be the right paddle for you, but won’t be an ideal paddle for all types of players. A major disadvantage to the Bainbridge paddle is that it is NOT approved for USAPA sanctioned tournaments. If you have no plans to get into competitive pickleball than there’s no worry. However, many of our readers later find that they do want to try playing in a tournament and then need to buy a new, approved paddle to avoid getting banned from a tournament or forfeiting an entrance fee.
Overall we were impressed with the quality of this paddle, especially at the current price. There are other aluminum core edgeless paddles with graphite faces selling for over 2x the price of this paddle. Another plus about the Bainbridge is that it includes a free paddle cover.
You may have already read my rant about paddle manufacturers not including paddle covers. I think a new paddle should come protected, especially an edgeless paddle that doesn’t have the protective edge guard.
If you are looking for an edgeless graphite paddle, the Bainbridge is a good option. Considering the current price and quality of the materials used, along with the free paddle cover, in my opinion, it’s a good value purchase for an intermediate player.
Interesting note- the paddle is named after Bainbridge Island, WA – the home of Pickleball. Click here to see a really interesting video about the history of pickleball.
Amazin’ Aces Review Graphite Pickleball Paddle, Graphite Face Honeycomb Polymer Core
Amazin’ Aces Graphite Pickleball Paddle features a polypropylene (PP) honeycomb core and graphite paddle face.
Polymer cores are the least noisy and softest cores on the market. Because the core is made of plastic the paddle isn’t as hard or loud as an aluminum or Nomex cores (the loudest paddles).
Due to the soft core, these paddles are best for control and touch style of play. The reduced noise also makes them a good option for “green zone” communities with restrictions on pickleball noise.
The Amazin’ Aces Graphite Pickleball Paddle weighs 9.2 oz which lands it in the heavy category. This extra weight will give you more power. So that, combined wit the soft touch core, make this a good all-around paddle for a beginner or intermediate players looking to upgrade a notch from a basic wooden paddle.
As with their other paddles, Amazin’ Aces priced this one at a very reasonable price point compared to other paddles on the market with very similar characteristics, making it a good value in my opinion.
Looking for more than one: this paddle is also available in a bundle that includes 2 paddles and 4 pickleballs which works out cheaper than buying the items separately.
Amazin’ Aces Pickleball Paddle Bundle Set
This bundled set includes two (2) wood pickleball paddles and four (4) pickleballs. Made of durable 7-ply maple wood, these beginner paddles are built to last.
The Amazin’ Aces wood paddle is not sold individually. It is available only as a set of two paddles along with the 4 outdoor pickleball balls.
While it is currently not sold separately as an individual paddle, this bundle is a good option for a couple of beginner players looking to purchase a set of paddles together or parents buying a starter set for their kids.
The Amazin’ Aces wooden paddle bundle is also a good solution if you’re looking to outfit a summer camp, school, community center or other sports organization where you need to purchase a large number of paddles and balls.
As with any wooden pickleball paddles, they are heavier than other types of paddles (composite or graphite). This paddle has a total weight of 10.3 ounces. This is similar to other wooden paddles. The heavier paddle can be a good starting paddle. The weight will give you extra power, especially when hitting back from the baseline.
What to compare it to:
The closest comparable option is the Rally Meister Wood Pickleball Paddle Bundle. These paddles have a similar touch and feel. They are both made of 7 ply maple and are both approved by the USAPA for tournament play. We measured both paddles side by side and they are almost identical in size and weight. If you are looking for a wood paddle, either of these would be a good option.
However, if you have any wrist or elbow injuries please skip the wood and scroll back up for better options. If you’re not sure a wooden paddle is really for you, please check out our Complete Pickleball Paddle Buyers Guide.
Update: Amazin’ Aces bundles sets (for both wood and graphite bundles) now come with a free pickleball accessory- a soft mesh bag designed to hold up to 4 balls. It’s a nice added bonus for a beginner bundle and helps keep your equipment organized inside your pickleball bag.
Speaking of bags, since our last update Amazin’ Aces has also launched a new backpack specifically designed for pickleball . The bag has enough room to hold multiple paddles, shoes and other gear on the inside as well as an exterior side mesh ball holder to store up to four pickleball balls and an insulated pocket to keep your water bottle or snacks cool! How cool is that?
If you’re looking for a bag, this one is definitely a top option – especially if you are looking for a compact backpack style bag. If your shopping for a new pickleball bag you may want to check out all our reviews including sling bags, packpacks and duffle bags.
Amazin Aces is a young and growing company. Although they are new in the pickleball market without a long track record of some other pickleball brands, so far what we have seen are quality products that offer value for beginner and intermediate players.
Are the Amazin Aces paddles good for kids or teens getting into junior pickleball?
As you may have heard, pickleball is growing like crazy! And not just among retirees, the USAPA started a Juniors organization to support the sport for young players and more teenagers are playing (as well as kids under 12!). Maybe you are actually here buying a paddle for your kids and wondering if these paddles would be a good match?
The main thing to consider for a younger player with smaller hands and less arm strength: the paddle should be under 7.5 ounces, closer to 7 ounces is better and a small grip. 4″ grip size is ideal for very young kids. Smaller players *5’3″ to 5’8″ tall could go up to a 4.25″ grip and teenagers even up to 4.5″
At 7.2 ounces and a 4.35″ grip the Cambria comes comes pretty close to a junior paddle, the 4.35″ grip size is a little large for small kids but generally we say a player 5’9″ or taller can go up to a 4.5″ grip so the Cambria would probably work well for a lot of teenagers.
Buying a paddle for a young player?
Check out the Best Junior Pickleball Paddles for Kids.
We’ve reached out to the company and have been told that they have new products in the pipeline that should be launching in the near future. We are looking forward to seeing what new products they’ll launch and we will give you an update here once we’ve had a chance to try out their new paddles.
Amazing Aces has recently launched their own website where they sell paddles direct but we were familiar with the company from Amazon. Until only recently, Amazon was the only place we could find Amazin’ Aces pickleball paddles and they continue to be one of the top-selling brands on Amazon for beginner and intermediate pickleball paddles. The products are sold under their parent company: Lakeshore Brands LLC.