Best New Pickleball Paddles 2017-2018 | Paddle Releases & Reviews

newly launched paddles 2017 & 2018

If you love trying out new pickleball equipment as much as we do, you'll have to check out the following list of new pickleball paddles that just hit the market. 

We continue to update this page whenever new paddles are released by any of the major pickleball brands we track.  Please check back for frequent updates. 

As pickleball continues to be the fastest growing sport in the US (and other parts of the world), more pickleball equipment manufacturers are coming on the scene - bringing new pickleball paddles to the market. 

In addition, established pickleball paddle makers continue to add new models to their existing product lines. By using the newest lightweight durable materials they continually push the limits of what a modern paddle can offer. 

This is a great trend for all of us that love pickleball since we now have more paddle options in 2018 than ever before. Pickleball equipment has come a long way since the days of just heavy wooden paddles and 2017 gave birth to the best paddles yet.   

January usually gets off to a slow start since there is usually a lull of new products after the holiday season but we already have a few new paddles in 2018 to share with you, which we've added below. 

The 2017 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, FL​ was a an opportunity for many companies to launch new products for the pickleball industry.  With increased mainstream exposure of the sport, including live national TV coverage on CBS Sports, many pickleball manufacturers used the Open to launch their new 2017 paddles - including several new paddles from Paddletek, Onix, Prolite and Gamma Sports

We are looking forward to the ​2018 Open which takes place in Naples FL from April 21-28, 2018, Of course the tournament is the main attraction but it's also a great opportunity to see  what new gear comes out for pickleball players.

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

New Paddles 2018 Reviews

Jan 23rd,  2018 was a busy day in the pickleball market. Both Selkirk and ProLite published press releases announcing the launch of new versions of their existing paddles designs.

Selkirk AMPED Paddle Line Expanded

As we reported last year, Selkirk released their new AMPED paddle line using a new patent pending paddle core technology they call the X5. Since its release,  there has been quite a bit of buzz around the chunky X5 core.  The unibody core is noticeably thicker than standard pickleball paddles which gives it a unique feel.  


Many consumers commented that the Selkirk AMPED line on average we on heavy side of the spectrum.  While this extra weight is welcomed by power hitters, it was not necessarily a huge draw for players looking for a more control oriented game, someone with tennis elbow, or generally any players looking for lightweight paddles. 

The good news is there are new options for payers who want new X5 core but are looking for lighter paddles as the company has introduced two new versions to AMPED line.  Coming down from the 8+ oz range, the new mid-weight paddles range from 7.8-8.3 ounces and the lightweight versions average 7.3-7.7 oz. 

The paddle faces on the AMPED line are finished in "FiberFlex"  Fiberglass​ and are completely bonded to the core material making for a solid, durable paddle.   We've done a full review of the Selkirk Amped Paddles HERE.

With these new additions to the  AMPED line, Selkirk now offers three separate weight classes all using the same X5 core. The paddle technology was included in several paddle models: Selkirk Epic, Selkirk Maxima, Selkirk S2 and the Selkirk Omni. These new weight classes really round out the AMPED line with choices for all playing styles.

ProLite Rebel PowerSpin New Look

ProLite made news in 2016 by introducing the Rebel PowerSpin paddle, specifically designed for optimal ball spin with its proprietary PowerSpin™ textured surface.  In 2018 they introduced a new version of the Rebel with a same exact features and specifications just with new graphics. 

The look of the Rebel PowerSpin was definitely unique with bright colorful graphics. This remake of the paddle has more  discrete colors designed to appeal to players who are not looking for a spin paddle without drawing a lot of attention on the pickleball court. Whereas some paddle shout out your arrival on the court, your opponents  won't see you coming with this one - think of it as your silent weapon. 

Head Pickleball Paddles

It was major news when Head announced they were entering the pickleball market in 2017 with a whole line of paddles.  The move by a major tennis brand like Head, following Wilson's lead (they launched into pickleball a few years ago) is  a strong testament to the growth of the sport. 

The Head Radical Tour paddle seems to be getting the most attention so far with its "Extreme Spin" paddle face and premium grip.  We gave a brief overview of the new paddles last year but finally were able to test them out and give you a full review of Head pickleball paddles here.

New Paddles: 2017 Reviews

Paddletek: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

Paddletek launched three new paddles at the US 2017 Pickleball Open, including a new elongated body paddle and a paddle designed just for kids- so it looks like the R&D team at Paddletek has definitely been pretty busy!  Here is a quick review of each of the new paddles. 

Paddletek ​Phoenix Lte Paddle Review

 The Phoenix Lte™,  the newest offering from Paddletek, is a lighter weight paddle with average weight between 7.0 - 7.3 oz (light to mid-weight).

The core made of Polymer with what Paddletek calls a "vibration dampening technology".  

This is very welcomed news for those players who suffer from "Pickleball Elbow" since racket vibration is one of the most common complaints from tennis elbow sufferers and many have longed for similar technology to be introduced in pickleball paddles. 

​Paddletek Phoenix Lte meets all USAPA Tournament guidelines and is the lowest priced Paddletek paddle approved for sanctioned tournament play (based on MSRP at the time of publishing this article). 

The light to medium weight, large playing surface and generous sweet spot along with it's price point make it a good paddle for beginners looking for a solid tournament approved paddle.

Other features of the Paddletek Phoenix Lte:

  • Weight: 7.0 - 7.3 oz
  • Grip Circumference: 4.5”
  • Length 15.75”: Width 8”: Handle: 4.5”
  • Sold in Red and Blue

The paddle comes with a One Year Limited Warranty and is made in the USA.

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Paddletek Horizon™ Paddle Review

This other new offering from Paddletek in 2017, the Paddletek Horizon,  is a blade style elongated paddle. Although it looks like it would be heavy based on the shape, it actually only weights an average of 7.2 to 7.4 oz. 

This paddle reminds me a lot of the Glen Peterson Signature Graphite Paddle from Selkirk. The Paddletek Horizon™ comes in at a very similar weight and price but is actually 3/4 inch longer than the Selkirk giving it an even longer reach. ​ 

It is also a close cousin to the existing Paddletek Helo, another elongated 17" paddle from Paddletek. 

We would call these elongated "blade style" paddles a specialty paddle. **If you are a beginner that has never used this style of paddle and are looking to buy your first pickleball paddle we recommend you first consider a"standard" traditionally shaped paddle. If you are considering buying this type as your first paddle, it's a good idea to demo a paddle or borrow one and trying it out for an hour before making your purchasing decision.

However, if you are in the market for an elongated blade style paddle then this new Horizon Paddle from Paddletek would definitely be on the short list of possible paddles.   The paddle measures a full 17" which is the maximum allowed by the USAPA. The sweet spot extends throughout the paddle body for even touch and feel across the whole paddle face. 

Based on the weight and features of the paddle, it's a nice option for anyone that already looking for the extra reach at the net.  If you can adjust to the paddle length, this can be a great "poaching" tool to dominate at the net! 

Other features of the Paddletek Horizon™

  • Weight: 7.2 to 7.4 oz.
  • Length 17”: Width 7”: Handle: 4.5”
  • Grip Circumference: 4.5”

The Paddletek Horizon™ is sold in orange, blue, green and pink.

The Horizon™ comes with a Paddletek Lifetime Limited Warranty and is made in the USA.

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A Pickleball Paddle for Kids!

Paddletek Ranger™ Paddle Review

This new Ranger paddle from Paddletek is the first youth paddle on the market designed for pickleball players 12 years and younger. *

We are excited about this new paddle!

The fact that a major player in the pickleball market has launched a kid's pickleball paddle shows there is a growing demand among younger players.  We hope to see other manufacturers coming out with youth pickleball equipment as the game takes on popularity.

This children's pickleball paddle should be a welcomed option for parents looking to buy their young players a paddle made to fit them.

The main benefits of this paddle for children are: the smaller grip size (​4" Grip Circumference), lightweight (average weight 6.5 to 6.9 oz) and large sweet spot. 

Other features of the Paddletek Ranger™

  • Extra-large playing surface with balanced weight distribution
  • Honeycomb Poly-Core construction with vinyl face
  • Ultra Cushion Contour grip

The Ranger paddle comes with a One Year Limited Warranty and is made in the USA.

* You may have already seen the Selkirk 200P Mini Pickleball Paddle (Riley's Paddle) but we would consider that paddle more of a novelty item or toy whereas the Paddletek Ranger is a real pickleball paddle designed for young pickleball players.

Please note the Ranger is NOT USAPA approved for tournament play so if your young player is looking to compete this is not the right paddle for you.  Instead we recommend you buy a lightweight adult paddle with a small grip that is USAPA approved.  We've done a ton of research and come up with a short list of the best paddles that meet those 3 criteria:   See the list here: 

Best Junior Pickleball Paddles for Kids.

Will we see a USAPA approved paddle specifically designed for kids?  We hope one of the pickleball companies will step up to the challenge and come up with a solution as we start to see more kids 12 years and under wanting to compete in local pickleball tournaments. ​


ProLite: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

To read our detailed reviews of these, and other ProLite paddles, click here.

ProLite Chrome N-R-G

The Chrome N-G-R is the newest paddle offering by Pro-Lite. This is an unusual looking paddle, actually may have set the course for a new style of paddle. While there are many "long" paddles on the market, the Chrome by ProLite is unique.   The gel-coated, triple-layer fiberglass paddle covers a QuadCore™ polymer core. 

ProLite SuperNova

The ProLite SuperNova™  was specifically designed for women's national champ Simone Jardim.  This is the newest paddle in ProLite's Black Diamond Pro line. The paddle's 100% carbon fiber face is great for control and extra spin.  At 8 oz, it's gives a good boost of power and the 5.25" long handle and weight will appeal to cross over players migrating from tennis. The elegant design and detailed finish put it in a class of it's own. 

ProLite Crush Paddle

The CRUSH PowerSpin with SPINtac™

ProLite's newest paddle is a power-hitters dream, featuring their proprietary QuadCore™ polymer core and finished with their newest paddle face material- SPINtac™ fiberglass- and lands it on our list of best paddles for spin as one of the top picks.​


Onix: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

ONIX Evoke Pro Paddle Review

The Evoke Pro is the newer version of the original Evoke paddle by Onix 

Unlike previous models of the Evoke which featured a teardrop shaped paddle face, this newer version has a wide body and tennis shaped paddle handle and grip. 

The paddle was created by Onix based with design collaboration from members of "Team Onix" (the company's sponsored professional players) with recommended specifications and touch and spin needed for a Pro player. 

Here are the detailed specifications of the Evoke Pro:

  • Core: Polypropylene
  • Face: Composite
  • Grip Size: 4 ¼”
  • Handle Length: 5”
  • Handle Shape: Tennis
  • Paddle Shape: Wide Body
  • Paddle Weight: 7.5 – 7.9 oz.

For our reviews of other Onix equipment, including previous versions of the Evoke and Evoke XL, click here Onix Pickleball Paddles.


Gamma: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

Gamma Sports launched all new versions of their pickleball paddles in 2017.  The "2.0 version" paddle of Gamma's paddle line introduces new and improved versions of each of the following paddles: Micron 2.0, Fusion 2.0, Phaser 2.0, Atomic 2.0, Neutron 2.0 and Voltage 2.0.

We reviewed the new line of Gamma Sports Pickleball Paddle here in a  separate article.

Selkirk: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

Selkirk just recently released a whole new AMPED padle line, with a full body transformation of their existing Epic, Omni, Maxima and new S2 paddles. The whole goal of this new product line is to create a paddle that amplifies (thus the "Amped") both POWER AND CONTROL. 

Rather than creating paddles specifically for either a power hitter or touch player, these Selkirk paddles are made to maximize both features - without sacrificing the other.  This has been the major shortcoming of many pickleball paddles in the past as many players feel they are either missing power with a touch paddle or lack some finesse with a "power paddle".  

Selkirk paddle reviews

New Selkirk AMPED Paddles 2017. Source Selkirk Sports

To achieve this goal, Selkirk has come up with a patent-pending material called "X5" polypropylene core which is thicker and softer (for touch) that other materials.


In mid-August 2017 Selkirk launched their new composite.  The Latitude Widebody composite paddle.  Power meets control in this wide-bodied, polymer cored composite paddle.  Weighing in at 6.9-7.5 oz, this lightweight paddle is a nice fit for beginner to advanced players looking for an overall balanced paddle. 

As usual,  Selkirk delivers in the style department. These are good looking paddles with the graphics on this vinyl paddle face. It comes in a wide range of (very interesting sounding) colors including:  Lemon Blueberry, Lakeside Lime, Raspberry Orange, Red Force & Blue Force. 


Amazin' Aces 2017 Paddle Reviews​

Amazin' Aces upped their game in 2017 by launching two new paddles in their new "Pro Series" paddle line. The "Amazin' Aces 'EMERALD' Pickleball Paddle and the Amazin' Aces 'CAMBRIA' Pickleball Composite Racket.

Both paddles are Made In The USA  and are USAPA Approved​.  They both feature a Polymer Core with Polycarbonate paddle face and paddle grip by Gamma Sports. We've just updated our Amazin Aces review page to include the new paddles.

We hope you enjoyed getting this update on newly launched pickleball paddles. With the increase in new pickleball paddles launching, we will plan to update our site more often to keep you up to date with newly launched pickleball paddles and other  gear as soon as it hits the market...and looking forward to seeing what there is to come in 2018 and beyond!

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