Engage Pickleball Paddles | Buyers Guide & Reviews 2018

engage pickleball reviewEngage Pickleball is a USA-based brand that manufactures paddles for pickleball. They are one of the leading brands when it comes to pickleball equipment, players from beginners at local clubs to pro players at national tournaments can be seen with Engage paddles in their hands.

Continue reading below for our detailed reviews of three of the top-selling Engage pickleball paddles ending with our favorite- the Engage Encore Pro which is our top pick on our list of best pickleball paddles for spin.  

While Engage is known for high-end professional level paddles, they do also have affordable beginner paddles such as their Raven paddle.

If you are buying your first pickleball paddle, click here to see our buying guide.

Engage has gained respect in the pickleball industry not only for the quality of their paddles but also for the effort they put into growing the sport. Engage donates 5% of all of their revenue to encouraging young people to play Pickleball.

The company also organizes tournaments, donate paddles to local communities and foster the sport in local schools.

Engage performs every step of the manufacturing themselves from design to final production in-house at their own manufacturing plant.  All of the paddles Engage Pickleball makes are made in the USA. 

As per the company’s own website- to come up with the most innovative paddles, they test different paddle dimensions and material configurations almost every week!

Click here to check out the latest pickleball paddles to be released on the market, including paddles by Engage and other top pickleball brands.


 **Below, you’ll find our own detailed reviews or you can click the links above for more details on Amazon.

Engage Pickleball Paddles


Engage Poach Advantage

Engage Poach Advantage Black Graphics Pickleball paddle (Blue, Strd (8.0-8.3 oz))
Engage Poach Advantage

The New Poach Advantage paddle by Engage features it’s proprietary “Variable Release Technology” surface that’s made up of six layers of “skin” on the paddles hitting surface where most other high-end paddles on the market might have two layers. According to Engage, they claim this new second generation poach series is the most technologically advanced paddle in the market.

The texture absorbs some of the shock off the ball and giving the paddle a softer touch. This extra touch and response to the ball help players control the ball better and gives them an advantage when it comes to putting spin on the ball.  

Some top sponsored Engage players have switched over to the new the Poach Advantage, including both Corrine Carr and Ben Johns (USAPA Nationals Gold Medalists) which is proof that these are pro level paddles.

Apart from the high tech face, the new paddles also use Engage’s “Control Pro Black” core, the chemical process used in the making of the poly core actually turns it black which is why you see this and some other Engage paddles marketed as the “black edition”.

The Poach comes in two weight sizes on the Engage website “Lite” (7.5-7.8 oz.) or “Standard” (7.9-8.3 oz.) but the cool thing is that they actually separate the paddles into 5 different weight increments when they sell them here on Amazon so you can narrow down to almost the ounce you want the paddle (you’ll see the available weights listed together based on availability.


Engage Poach Extreme

Engage Poach Extreme Pickleball Paddle This is the big brother to the Poach Advantage (above). Built with the same paddle technology (6-layer Fiberglass skin and Control Pro ‘Black’ poly core), the main difference here is the shape of the paddle. Built for singles pickleball players in mind, or anyone looking for some extra reach, this paddle is 17” long x 7” wide with a: 4 1/4” grip and  5″ handle.

The shape is similar to the Engage Encore Blade which made it on our list of top elongated or blade pickleball paddles

If you are considering this style paddle, the Encore blade is slightly more narrow.

The extra half inch of width on the new Poach Extreme compared to the Encore Blade could work in your advantage, especially if you are looking for the new, responsive skin and control core that the Poach models are known for. The one downside is the new Poach model retails for about $30 more than the Blade and it’s among the most expensive paddles currently on the market.


Engage Encore X-Series (aka Black Series) Review

NEW. Encore X-Series Pickleball Paddle (aka Black Series). The next generation paddle. Pro (7.9 - 8.3 oz) (Red 'Fade') The Engage Encore X-Series paddle is the first ever in the industry created with chemically bonded skin and it was designed and developed by EngagePickleball for better control and ball placement. It has a Polymer core designed for better vibration control.

If you are a fan of Graphite paddles this one might be the right choice for you. Engage Pickleball used the new technology they call “Liquid Graphite” to increase playability and make the paddle softer and easier to handle.

The average weight of the paddle goes from 7.9 to 8.3 oz., which puts it in the mid-weight category. It has a medium grip (4¼ inches in size). This paddle is designed to enhance spin capability by having a rougher surface texture. It is optimized to pass the most strict community noise requirements and it is also USAPA approved!

The design of Encore X-series paddles is what makes them stand out. The black base and white shading add an elegant touch to this high-quality paddle. You can choose from different color editions- combining blue, red, purple, pink, metallic and aqua with the black base.


Engage Encore Composite Pickleball Paddle Review

Engage Encore Composite Pickleball Paddle (Purple Swirl) This Engage Encore Composite paddle is great if you are looking to gain power and control while playing. It has a honeycomb polymer core and fiberglass skin, which enhances ball control.

This particular model was specifically designed to maximize surface roughness which gives the paddle face some extra “bite” which is great for adding extra spin to your shots.

The Engage Encore Composite is a lighter mid-weight paddle, weighing from 7.4 to 7.7 oz. on average.

It has a medium grip (4 ¼ inches) and a slightly shorter handle than the other paddles in the Encore series. Since it is not too heavy and it gives you proper control and spin, it is good for both beginners and professional players.

Design of the Engage Encore Composite is more minimalist and classic. The base is a glossy white color and you can combine it with purple, red, blue and pink stripes. The glossiness of the color doesn’t affect the grip and surface roughness.

This paddle is USAPA approved and can be used for tournament play.


Engage Encore Pro Pickleball Paddle Review

Engage Encore Pro Pickleball Paddle The Engage Encore Pro has the largest sweet spot in the Encore line. This paddle’s core is made out of polymer honeycomb and the paddle skin is made out of fiberglass. It is designed for enhancing the feel of paddle-ball contact, maximizing the time the ball stays on the paddle.

The ‘specialized skin’ the Engage applies to the Encore Pro maximizes the time the ball stays in contact with the paddle face- this is a paddle tech concept that Encore really came up with.
Apart from adding more “touch and feel” to the paddle, the rough skin maximizes the spin you can put on your shots- this, in addition to the overall quality and build puts the Encore Pro at the top our of list of best pickleball paddles for spin. It lands in the mid-weight category, with the weight of the paddle ranging from 7.8 to 8.3 oz.
It has a medium size grip (4 ¼ inches) and comes in four different colors you can choose from- black, red, purple and green. This paddle is approved for tournament play and often used by national champions:  Brian Staub, Marcin Rozpedski and Phil Bagley.

Engage Encore Pro Paddle holds up well under daily use and it has a comfortable grip so it makes it easy for you play for an unlimited amount of time without suffering from hand fatigue. It has excellent balance and it is very easy to maneuver for touch shots at the net. The paddle face has enough “bite” to allow for a fair amount of spin on your pickleball serve or other shots.

This paddle can be a little heavy for some players so we recommend taking this into account when you are making a decision on purchasing the paddle.


Engage Poach Icon Paddle (Nov 2018) 

This paddle is now available for order and shipping after Nov 16th. The “Icon” paddle was launched to the public at the Engage Booth at the 2018 Nationals at Indian Wells

The paddle combines the core we’ve seen on other “Poach” models (Poach Advantage) with the bonded “Skin” that Engage uses on it’s Elite Pro.  This looks like a winning combination, with the core and hitting surface of two of the brand’s top paddles.

Corrine Carr Siebenschein, the worlds #2 Female Pro Doubles player uses the Poach Icon as her paddle of choice and even used it to take the gold at both the 2018 US Open in the Pro-level Women’s Doubles and 2018 Tournament of Champions.

The icon was launched with a weight range of 7.8 – 8.3 oz but Engage will eventually be adding a lightweight version  (7.5 – 7.8 oz).

The Poach Icon is the same size as both the Poach Advantage and Elite Pro, it measuring 16 inches long by 8 inches wide and has a 5-inch length grip.

The new Poach Icon is made in 4 colors plus a special edition Corrine Signature design.


Omega (by Engage) Arctic and Pickleball Paddles

The Arctic paddle is made by Engage but sold under the separately branded Omega by Engage paddle. This is a beginner paddle that’s fairly priced for someone just started out. Engage introduced this affordable paddle aimed at schools, recreation centers, summer camps or other venues looking to introduce Pickleball.
The basic paddle is designed with kids and beginner players in mind. I should clarify this is a full-sized adult paddle but comes in a friendly light weight of 7.1 – 7.6 oz and comes in two grip sizes: the 4 1/4″ circumference or a smaller 4″ grip which is a good option for junior pickleball players or anyone smaller hands looking for a lightweight paddle (click to see our other picks in this category). 
If you order thru their website, Engage will put on your school or organization logo on the paddle face (for a one-time $30 fee). If you just need the paddle, it’s also available here on Amazon.
Another great thing about this paddle is that Engage offers a free trade in offer included in the lifetime of the paddle, you can upgrade to a new premium Engage paddle and receive $30 off.
They offer this same trade-in deal with their Status paddle that is also part of their Omega line.

Engage Pickleball: Company Profile

Engage Pickleball also sells pickleball apparel, nets, and other accessories through their website, they are best known for their paddles.

Engage has a team of internal engineers that use “Applied Physics” to optimize paddle performance and maximize the size of the “sweet spot”. Their goal is to ensure the quality of every product they produce and pride themselves in quality control. All Engage paddles follow USAPA specifications and are all approved for tournament use.

Image Source: Engage Instagram Acct

Engage Pickleball is well known and respected for their investment in“Research and Development” of their products. They are constantly working on bettering the design and quality of their paddles. The company’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for players at all skill levels to play their best Pickleball

Before Engage starts the production process, the company makes sure that beginners, as well as professional pickleball players, try the products and give their feedback. The point of view of an average player is very important to Engage Pickleball and it is taken into account while making the changes to the products and designing new ones.

In this article, we presented you with the overview of EngagePickleball. It is a company that produces high-quality paddles that are used by beginners and pros alike. Their ultimate goal is to help you play pickleball to the best of your ability. Engage only puts out the products they are 100% satisfied with and they seem to really value customer feedback to help improve their products.  Additionally, they really seem to care about the sport and actually reinvest a portion of their profits back into popularizing pickleball!

We update this page with new Engage paddle model and try to give an unbiased overview to help you select which one would best fit your needs. The criteria we paid most attention to were:

  1. Paddle weight
  2. Paddle grip size
  3. Paddle control, power, and spin
  4. Overall paddle design and playability.

Overall, any one of these three paddles would be a great addition to your pickleball equipment collection. If you are looking for a bigger sweet spot and better vibration control, you might want to go with the Engage Encore Pro Paddle. On the other hand, if you are a fan of graphite paddles and elegant design, you might like the Encore X-Series Paddle.

Finally, if you are a beginner and insecure about your power and control while playing or if you like simple, classic designed paddles, check out the Engage Encore Composite Pickleball Paddle.

1 thought on “Engage Pickleball Paddles | Buyers Guide & Reviews 2018

  1. I really like this company. USA made and they honor their warranty.
    I broke my Elite Pro (at the handle), I contacted them, within 30 minutes (Monday morning), Ruth contacted me via e-mail, with a form to fill out. After filling it out, three days later, a new paddle arrived at my door.
    Two years ago, the frame edge cracked on my wife’s paddle, they sent an RMA and return shipping postage tags, two days later, the repaired paddle arrived. They paid postage both ways and were friendly and efficient.
    We’ve purchased six Engage paddles, and I am impressed with Engage.

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