Gamma Pickleball Paddles | Comparison & Reviews 2018

Gamma Pickleball BrandGamma Pickleball Paddles are made by Gamma Sports, located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The company has a history of manufacturing equipment for racket sports that spans over 40 years, they are most known for tennis rackets and strings. However in recent years they’ve become one of the best selling brands of pickleball equipment.

The company dates back to 1974 when Dr. Harry Ferrari, nuclear engineer and keen tennis player, set out to develop a superior tennis string.The result was a patented process and new type of gut tennis string that  has continued to earn accolades in the tennis community for decades as one of the best strings on the market.

More recently, with the rise in popularity of pickleball, Gamma has added a line of equipment including paddles, balls and other pickleball accessories. They are one of the cutting edge brands in the industry with their new poly core technology gaining a lot of attention in the past year.

Gamma is also well known for it’s paddle grips and over-grips. They can be seen on several other paddles sold by several other major pickleball paddle manufacturers.  Gamma is also the official grip of the US Open Pickleball Championships.

New Gamma Pickleball Paddles​

These 4 paddles were launched in 2017 and feature Gamma’s Premium “Sensa Poly Core”:

New paddle: Needle by Gamma
Needle Paddle (Image Source: Gamma Sports 2018)

Twister:  Poly Core Paddle: Lightest paddle in the PolyCore paddle line-up.

Mirage:  Premium Poly Core Paddle: mid-weight paddle with textured composite face.

Razor Premium Poly Core Paddle:  mid-weight pickleball paddle, textured graphite face.

Needle Elongated Premium Poly Core Paddle: the first blade style long paddle by Gamma Sports. *Launched March, 2018

Pin: This is the newest Elongated Paddle from Gamma


Gamma Sports Twister Polycore Pickleball Paddle - Licensed - Oregon State In the spring of 2018 Gamma also made news by being the first paddle company to offer officially licensed collegiate pickleball paddles featuring the school emblems of several major US colleges. This is a cool idea for college students and families as well as alumni looking to show off their school pride on the pickleball courts.

The paddles were released in two waves and currently (summer 2018) offer paddles with logos of the following 10 schools: Syracuse University, Washington State University, University of Oklahoma, Michigan State University and University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Arizona State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland and Oregon State University.

You can see all the college paddles and check prices here on Amazon or buy directly from Gamma.


Gamma Pickleball Paddles​ (Quick Comparison: 2.0 Models)

Paddle Price Range Paddle Style
Micron 2.0 $ Beginner
Fusion 2.0 $ Widebody
Phaser 2.0 $$ Balanced
Atomic 2.0 $$ Power
Neutron 2.0 $$ Speed
Voltage 2.0 $$$ PRO

 **Below, you’ll find our more detailed reviews; you can also click the links above to check prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

The Gamma pickleball paddle line includes over half a dozen models with options for beginners to advanced or even pro players.

The product names (such as Atomic, Micron, Fusion, Neutron, etc) honor the founder’s scientific background and Gamma’s constant innovation using the latest technology.

The newer 2.0 line of pickleball paddles was released in 2017 and uses the same naming convention as the 2015 with the addition of “2.0”,  for example: Atomic (2015) and Atomic 2.0 (2017),  Voltage (2015) and Voltage 2.0 (2017), etc.

Since the 2.0 paddle line, Gamma Sports has launched a new line of Premium “Sensa Poly Core” paddles that includes the: Twister, Razor (renamed RZR in 2018), Mirage and most recently two new elongated blade paddle called the “Needle” (March 2018) and the Pin.


Gamma Sports Needle  Pickleball Paddle Review

Gamma Needle Elongated Pickleball Paddle: Pickle Ball Paddles for Indoor & Outdoor Play - USAPA Approved Racquet for Adults & Kids - Pink/Blue The Needle is Gamma’s first entry into the elongated paddle market. When blade style paddles first came out, they were considered a specialty paddle. However, they have become more mainstream and are becoming more and more popular.

Long paddle tend to appeal to cross over players migrating from tennis and especially for players that play singles as the longer paddle gives them more reach and enables them to get to shots that shorter, traditional paddle shapes cannot- since in singles you have more ground to cover on the court the extra length, even a couple inches – can make a difference.

This blade style paddle by Gamma weighs an average of 7.6 oz and has a grip size of 4 ⅛”. The Needle has a textured graphite face.

To compare to the other top elongated pickleball paddles on the market, click here.


Gamma Mirage Composite Pickleball Paddle Review

The Gamma Mirage composite paddle is a powerful 8 ounce power hitters paddle that the company markets as a middle-weight pickleball paddle for a balance between hard and finesse shots. The textured composite paddle face  gives it some added grip or bite on the ball which helps at the NVZ with added control for those critical dink shots and surgically placed winners.

With a 4 1/8  grip is wrapped in Gamma’s Honeycomb Cushion Grip that adds the tack and extra sweat absorption for a solid grasp on the paddle. Featuring the new Sensa Polymer core and finished with enough texture for added control, this Gamma paddle will appeal to players looking for solid feeling paddle with solid grip and good feel.

Mirage Paddle Specs:

  • Paddle Range: 7.8-8.2 ounces (Average 8 ounces)
  • Grip Size: Medium 4 1/8
  • Grip: Gamma Cushion Grip
  • Handle Length: 4 3/4″
  • Paddle Length: 15 7/8”
  • Paddle Width: 8″
  • Paddle Hitting Surface: Textured composite
  • Core: Gamma Sensa Poly Core

Gamma Twister Composite Pickleball Paddle

Gamma Twister Composite Pickleball Paddle: Pickle Ball Paddles for Indoor & Outdoor Play - USAPA Approved Racquet for Adults & Kids - Red/Blue The Twister composite paddle by Gamma is lightweight (weighing in at 7.3-7.5 ounces). The small grip (4 1/8”) is finished in Gamma’s honeycomb grip with perforated and cushioned finish while the handle measures on the short side at 4.25 inches. The paddle has a traditional shape of 15 ¾” x 7 ¾.

The key to the new Twister paddle is its Sensa Poly Core – Gamma’s new premium poly core which dampens vibration without sacrificing power. The Twister was also selected by Gamma for their whole new line of college sponsored paddles that are designed with emblems of several major US colleges and marketed to college students and alumni.

The composite hitting face gives enough texture to give good touch for players looking to add to the feel of their control game and putting extra “English” on their serve. The Twister is approved by the USAPA for sanctioned tournament play.

Gamma RZR (Razor) Graphite Pickleball Paddle Review

The Gamma RZR paddle is one of the company’s premium offerings that features the new Sensa Poly Core. The core gives the Razor a soft feel which is great for control at the net and the short game. The control is matched well with the paddle’s weight of 7.6 – 7.8 ounces.

The large paddle face (15 ⅞ x 8”) has a large sweet spot and the graphite hitting surface gives it plenty of pop. The Razor is a good option for an all around player looking for power graphite paddle with the soft touch Gamma’s new poly core.

The paddle has a small -medium 4 ⅛ in featuring the comfort of Gamma’s cushioned grip. The shorter 4.25 handle makes it easy to maneuver and adds control for smaller hands and players that like a more stout grip shape. The RZR comes in stylish graphics in pink and yellow options.

Here’s a good overview and comparison of Gamma Mirage, Razor and Twister with pro pickleball player Lucy Kitcher who actually collaborated with Gamma to help design the new paddles based on her experience on the court. While she previously played with the graphite (nomex core) Phaser 2.0 and now plays with the new Mirage.


Gamma Neutron 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Gamma Neutron 2.0 is the lightest and fastest paddle in the Gamma line. If you are a touch player who relies on feel and control then this is the Gamma paddle you are looking for.

The maneuverability is a huge advantage for the controlled dinking at the net and the textured* graphite hitting surface gives you added ball bite for adding spin to your pickleball shots.

The paddle is weighs a mere 7 ounces.  At this ultralight weight it’s the option for a speed game that relies on the ability maneuver quickly at the net.

The light weight and small grip size of 4″ makes it a perfect choice for smaller hands which is why we’ve included it as a top pick on our list of Best Junior Pickleball Paddles.

The Nuetron 2.0 blends all of the innovative features that Gamma has brought to the pickleball market and include in their top paddles:

  • Live Periphery™ Frame: Eliminates dead spots and reinforces paddle edges.
  • Flush-Fit™ Bumper: reduced profile compared to traditional edge guards, still protects while taking up less of paddle face.
  • Unibody™ handle: Single molded handle for solid feel.
  • GAMMA Honeycomb Grip: perforated stitched grip for increased comfort while absorbing moisture for better grip.
  • Paddle Face: Textured Graphite Hitting Surface for increased touch and ball spin.

The “textured” paddle surface is actually slightly rough to the touch and makes a scratching noise when you run your fingers across it, similar to very fine grade sandpaper.

Click here to read reviews on Amazon by owners of the Neutron 2.0

Here is a quick video review of the Neutron from Gamma where you get a better idea of the surface texture :


Gamma Micron 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Gamma Micron 2.0 is a mid-weight paddle (7.6 oz) with a small 4″ grip.  The fiberglass textured face provides good touch and control.  The paddle features an Aramid Fiber (Nomex®) composite core sandwiched between two fiberglass paddle faces.

This is Gamma’s entry level paddle and normally sold at a price point that makes it a good value purchase for beginner players.

The textured fiberglass face helps you add spin to your serve and shots and the mid-weight paddle gives a nice balance between power and control although it’s marketed by Gamma primarily as an affordable “Touch” paddle.

The Micron 2.0 is priced for beginners/intermediate players. While it doesn’t have the high end finish nor the newest Premium Poly Core Paddle of the new Twister, Mirage, RZR or Needle but it’s a good all around paddle.


Gamma Fusion 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Fusion 2.0 is a Gamma’s wide body composite paddle with similar core and textured fiberglass face as the Micron 2.0 although slightly heavier (8 oz) and a wider body which maximizes the sweet spot.

This is another beginner/intermediate option, especially for players wanting a wider paddle face.  The fusion has a wide 8” face, small handle and medium weight.

The large sweet spot is ideal for making the most of the paddles’ control properties. The face design is split diagonally with black and red sections , with a honeycomb pattern printed across the entire paddle face.

The Fusion is a good quality composite paddle  that will to appeal to all skill levels while still reasonably priced. The 4″ grip is ideal for small sized hands. Taller players with larger hands may want to look to the grips that Gamma offers so they can build up the stock handle to match their grip size.

Like the other paddles in the Gamma 2.0 lineup the Fusion 2.0 is approved by the USAPA for sanctioned tournament play.


Gamma Phaser 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Phaser 2.0 balances power and control for the all-around player. This type of paddle is a good option for someone who is neither a dominate touch nor power player and is looking for maneuverability while still having enough power for winner overheads and drives.

The Phaser weighs 7.9 ounces and has a 4 inch grip like other Gamma paddles.  The specs on this paddle are a step up from the previous two above with it’s textured graphite face for extra feel and control.

The Phaser 2.0 is the newest of the 2.0 line. It’s graphite hitting surface gives enough texture to add a good amount of touch and optimizes spin ability. At just under eight ounces it’s probably best for a player looking to blend touch with a good boost of power.

The Phaser 2.0 weighs in at about half an ounce more than the Voltage so if you’re looking for a lighter paddle scroll down to check out the Volatage 2.0 which is Gamma’s high end performance graphite paddle.


Gamma Atomic 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Atomic 2.0 is Gamma’s answer to POWER.  This is the heaviest in the Gamma Sport 2.0 paddle lineup,  weighing in at 8.5 ounces.  This paddle packs plenty of punch and would be the choice if you consider yourself a “banger”- the power behind this paddle will give you a boost from the deep court hitting from the baseline or putting away winning overhead smashes.

The power of this paddle is paired with a fiberglass composite faced that won’t leave you empty handed at the kitchen when it comes time to switch from the power game to your short dinking game at the net.

This is a heavy hitter’s paddle. If you are a power player looking for extra drive from the baseline or on your overhead shots, this is Gamma’s solution for you.

With it’s Flush-Fit™ Bumper, Gamma states that this newer style of edge guard provides up to 30% more playing surface while still providing an protective edge guard (compared to an edgeless paddle that has no cover around the outer edge.


Gamma Voltage 2.0 Pickleball Paddle Review

The Voltage 2.0 is the top of the Gamma paddle line aimed at the most competitive players looking for a quality graphite paddle that is both light and powerful.

The Voltage weighs 7.6 ounces and comes with a small 4″ grip. This size is great for smaller hands but can also easily be built out with one of Gamma’s pickleball overgrips. This is the top of the line when it comes to Gamma’s pickleball paddles.

The Voltage 2.0 is designed for the competitive player in mind who needs a high-end graphite paddle for competitive tournament play for the perfect blend of touch and power.

However, for an intermediate to advanced player who is looking to up their game, the Gamma Voltage 2.0 would also be one of the top options to consider when upgrading to your next graphite paddle.


Gamma also organizes the annual Gamma Pickleball Classic in Pittsburgh, PA.  The classic is a 3 day pickleball tournament in June held at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.  The convention center is converted into a 27-court arena.

The tournament is open to players off all ages and skill levels. The very cool thing about this tourney is that it rasises awareness and funding for Parkinson’s Disease with all money raised benefiting the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

In 2017, the tournament was held from June 23rd-25th with over 400 players (413 to be exact) participating from 17 states and Canada.  2017 was the second year of the tournament, the participation double that of the 2016 event. 

In 2017, the Pickleball Classic raised $22,000 for the Parkinson Foundation. What a great event, combining Pickleball and a very worthy cause!

Some players competing in the tournament had Parkinson’s themselves.​ Although we can’t find studies specifically done on Pickleball and Parkinson’s, there are studies that show that cardiovascular exercise does provide benefits and help alleviate the symptoms.

Click here to read more from the Parkinson’s foundation on the benefits of exercise. ​

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