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Paddletek Bantam TKO-C 12.7mm Paddle Review: My In-Depth Thoughts

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The Bantam TKO-C has an elongated shape and a 5.3″ handle, ideal for both one-handed and two-handed backhands. Initially, it felt light and lacked headweight, but its raw carbon fiber surface delivers great power and spin. Baseline drives and topspin dinks are particularly impressive. While the small sweet spot and unpredictable control on softer shots may require some adjustment or added weight, I still think the Bantam TKO-C is a remarkable paddle. It’s an ideal choice for power players seeking a durable, powerful paddle with great spin.

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Paddle Weight7.9 ounces 
Paddle Face MaterialPT-700 Raw Carbon Fiber 
Paddle Core MaterialBantam Polymer Honeycomb 
Paddle ShapeElongated
Paddle Length16.45″ 
Paddle Width7.5″ 
Grip Size 4 1/4″ (Medium)
Handle Length5.25″ 

First Look

There is no doubt that the Bantam TKO-C is a sharp-looking paddle with its clean white-on-black design. The paddle I tested featured an elongated shape and a 5.3″ handle. Although I almost exclusively use a one-handed backhand, the handle is unquestionably long enough for a two-handed backhand due to the size of the neck, making it perfect for those who employ such a shot.

My first impression upon picking up the paddle was that it felt light and lacked the headweight I prefer. If I were to use this paddle regularly, I would add weight to the handle and possibly to the middle of the paddle to achieve a more balanced and weightier feel. 

My Experience


After drilling and playing with the Bantam TKO-C for almost a month, I’ve found it to be an absolute menace to opposing players. Its significant pop makes driving the ball effortless. Even more impressive is that Paddletek has accomplished this without sacrificing durability, unlike other Gen 3/foam paddles. The power and pop are similar to JOOLA paddles I’ve used in the past and my daily use paddle, the Gearbox CX14.


As expected with the raw carbon fiber surface of the Bantam TKO-C, this paddle allows players to generate significant spin on the ball. While playing with it, I noticed that many shots I expected to sail long would dip, bite, and drop in the court—especially drives from the baseline. The carbon fiber surface also enabled topspin dinks and backspin drops, making the paddle exceptionally enjoyable to use.


One area where I would categorize this paddle as “needs improvement” is the sweet spot. I found it to be quite small, which made my resets less consistent and predictable. Admittedly, using the paddle for a longer period might have helped. If I were to use this paddle daily, I would almost certainly apply lead tape to the sides to increase the sweet spot for those inevitable mishits.


As a high-power paddle, I expected the Bantam TKO-C to be challenging to control, especially when responding to opposing drives. Straight out of the box, I found the paddle’s responsiveness difficult to predict, particularly with shots where I wasn’t trying to generate power, such as resets, dinks, and blocks. Blocking drives with the Bantam TKO-C proved to be less predictable and harder to control. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the paddle’s control and predictability with baseline drives and dinks.

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