Best New Pickleball Paddles 2017 | Paddle Releases & Reviews

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If you love checking out new pickleball equipment as much as we do, you have to see the following list of new pickleball paddles that just hit the market 2017.

Article Last Updated on Nov 28th, 2017 with new product info. We've added a review of the Pro-Lite Chrome N-G-R to the list below of new paddles since it just recently launched. 

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 2017 than ever before. Pickleball equipment has come a long way since the days of just heavy wooden paddles and 2017 has given birth to the best paddles yet.  

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

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

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.

 See price and recent reviews on Amazon


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.

 Check Price and see more details on Amazon


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

ProLite Chrome N-R-G

The Chrome N-G-R is the newest paddle offering by Pro-Lite. This is an unorthodox looking paddle, a first in class I would say. There are plenty of elongated or blade style paddles on the market but the Chrome by ProLite really is an original shape. Although it hints at the tear-drop shape we have seen in other paddles, including Prolite's earlier"Dink Black & Blue" but this takes the concept to a whole new level it surely doesn't look like any of the other "long" paddles I've seen. 

Right away when I first saw the Chrome, the paddle shape immediately reminded me of the trend we are seeing in pro-level racquetball rackets with a extended teardrop shape- or inverted egg shape as some people say- like this racket by Wilson.

So apart from the striking appearance to this new model, is there more to this shape?  Pro-Lite claims that by using every available inch of space and paddle dimensions permitted by the USAPA  for sanctioned tournament play they've created a paddle that hits harder than others while the long shape allows the control player at the net to maximize feel as the ball stays on the paddle face slightly longer.  

Source: Prolitepaddles.com

According to ProLite, the paddle shape also maximizes the sweet spot even more than other blade style paddles. 

Under the hood is a QuadCore™ polymer honeycomb core covered in a gel-coated, triple-layer fiberglass paddle face.  Grip Size is 4 1/4". The paddle length is 16 5/8" ​with a width: 7 5/16" and weighs an average of 7.6 - 8.0 oz. 

If you want some point of reference- to compare to another elongated paddle- the Paddletek Horizon which we reviewed above is slightly longer ​at 17" but slightly narrower at 7 inches wide, this makes sense if you look at the paddle shape. ProLite achieves the tear-drop by making it slightly shorter but a little wider.  As far as weight the Chrome is about a half ounce heavier than the Horizon (7.4 vs 7.8 max weight range of the two paddles).

This is definitely a ​differentiator in the "long" category so if you are comparing elongated, blade style paddles this is one to put on your short list.  It will be interesting to see what new paddles we see in 2018, I'm curious to see if other pickleball equipment companies follow ProLite's lead on this new paddle shape. If racquetball technology is any indicator, we may be seeing more of this style paddle in the near future. 

ProLite SuperNova

The ProLite SuperNova™ paddle was designed based on specifications from Brazilian born ProLite Pro and Women’s National Champion, Simone Jardim. The paddle features a 100% carbon fiber surface for great touch and spin.

A power-hitters dream, this paddle is specifically designed for tennis players transitioning to pickleball. 

The SuperNova™ is slightly heavier than the average pickleball paddle and balanced similarly to a tennis racquet. Made of the same material as the Titan Pro, another paddle in the ProLite Black Diamond paddle series.  This product line is the high-end of Pro-lite paddles and these are often seen in the hands of medal winners at national events.  

The high quality carbon fiber facing on the paddle maximizes the feel factor needed for a pro level touch game. ​ This level of finesse and quality materials in a paddle comes at a cost, as you say "you get what you pay for"... this is no cheapo.

The SuperNova is a top-rated paddle but also comes at the cost I'd expect for this pro paddle -it is priced at the top end of the market. This is a paddle to put on your pickleball holiday gift list!

Other features of the SuperNova™ paddle:

  • ​Weight 7.7 - 8.2 ounces
  • Grip circumference 4 1/8" - length 5 1/4"
  • Limited lifetime warranty. Made in the U.S.A.
  • 5-year no dead spot warranty
  • USAPA tested and approved

The CRUSH PowerSpin with SPINtac™

ProLite's newest paddle is a powerhouse of a paddle, constructed of QuadCore™ polymer honeycomb, sandwiched between two sheets of ProLite’s new, durable, SPINtac™ fiberglass panels.​

This is one of the first pickleball paddles we have seen specifically designed to optimize ball spin. ​ ProLite's proprietary SPINtac™ fiberglass surface is designed for ultimate spin control.

Other features of the ProLite Crush Paddle:

The Crush paddle comes in three very unique designs:

CRUSH Surf: emulates an ocean wave curl in deep, dark blue waves and red grip.

CRUSH Skate: turquoise grunge version of the ProLite ball and bolt. Comes with a tangerine No-Slip Thin Grip.

CRUSH Snow: antiqued holographic looking eagle wing.Pink, greens and blue tones. The "Crush" name is highlighted in turquoise, the paddle comes with a lime green paddle grip.


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 review 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 paddle line in 2017.  The new "2.0 version" introduces new and improved versions of the following paddles: 

  • Micron 2.0
  • Fusion 2.0
  • Phaser 2.0
  • Atomic 2.0
  • Neutron 2.0
  • Voltage 2.0​

We reviewed the new line of Gamma Sports Pickleball Paddle reviews in this separate article.

Selkirk: New Paddles 2017 Reviews

Selkirk just recently released a whole new AMPED 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.

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.


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 Amazin' Aces 'CAMBRIA' Pickleball Composite Racket. Both paddles are Made In The USA  and areUSAPA 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.

Head Pickleball paddle Reviews​

Head, a major player in the tennis industry, also launched a whole new product line just recently with  Pickleball champion Sarah Ansboury​ as the ambassador and professional face of the new pickleball brand.  This is a huge move in the pickleball market, along with Wilson that already sells pickleball paddles, this shows pickleball is growing and the demand is sufficient enough for tennis industry leading companies like Head to create whole new product lines in another racket sport.  We are testing out the new Head Pickleball Paddles and will update the site with a new article as soon as possible.  In the meantime, here is a preview of the new Head paddles. 

We hope you enjoyed getting this update on newly launched 2017 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 pickleball 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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