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Wilson Blaze Paddle Review: My In-Depth Thoughts

Wilson blaze
(Picture Richard Livornese Jr.)
The Blaze is solid paddle. I think that this paddle is very similar to many of the high end paddles I have reviewed, which you can find here. I think that the face smallness and the butcap are the only real differences. With that said it has a high price of $200 like many of the other paddles so I think if the longer handle or the larger butcap is for you, this paddle is not a bad idea. 7/10.

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Paddle Weight 8.1 ounces
Paddle Face Material Raw Performance Carbon Fiber
Paddle Core MaterialPolypropylene Honeycomb
Paddle Shapestandard
Paddle Length16.5″
Paddle Width7.5″
Grip Size4 1/4″ (Medium)
Handle Length16.5″

First Look

The New Wilson Blaze paddle is Wilson finally trying to get into the high end pickleball paddle game. This paddle is the industry standard of carbon fiber, thermoformed, and a long handle and is similar to the other paddles that I have been reviewing. Wilson says

“When you’ve mastered control and can put the ball exactly where you want it to go, more power is the next tool to add to your toolkit. The Blaze Tour 16 is designed for the competitive player who’s looking to maximize power and spin while still maintaining control. The elongated paddle features a Thermoformed Edge, which is a carbon-wrapped perimeter that improves stability and stiffness, reduces vibration and expands the sweet spot.”

They go on about it but this is very close to the spiel that every new paddle pushes, well see how it stacked up on court.

Wilson blaze paddle
(Picture Richard Livornese Jr.)

My Experience


This paddle is solid overall. I didn’t have super high expectations for it, as Wilson hasn’t been making many new paddles in the last couple of years. However, I liked it right away. The first thing I noticed was its large handle end, which I actually appreciated since my hand very easily stayed on the paddle. Once I started hitting, I noticed the same sorts of things I usually do with a new carbon fiber paddle. The spin was solid, and the feel was good. Neither aspect blew me away, but I definitely thought players could really feel comfortable with it.


I felt like the control was solid; this paddle had a very good balance of control and power. It felt good at the net hitting dinks and in transition with drops and resets. At the same time, the counters were solid—not as extreme as the Gearbox or the new JOOLA paddles, but very solid nonetheless. I found that dinking, especially, was very easy for me to adjust to, and I could see myself at the net with this paddle in a match, feeling confident.


The spin is solid and falls right in the middle compared to the carbon fiber paddles I have used. I was able to add spin to my drives and roll shots effectively. However, I noticed a slight reduction in topspin on my speed-ups and serves compared to other paddles. I believe that for players who primarily play singles, this difference might be more noticeable compared to other top paddles. But in doubles, the spin seems to align with what I’ve observed from most major paddle manufacturers.

wilson blaze
(Picture Richard Livornese Jr.)

Comparative Analysis

This paddle, in my opinion, is very similar to the new CRBN paddles. It offers a good feel while still maintaining pop. I believe that both of these paddles are very solid, and many professional players, as well as amateurs, like the CRBN paddles. I think they would also appreciate this paddle. The main difference, in my view, is that the CRBN’s weakness may be its slightly too soft feel, whereas the Wilson paddle’s weakness is the spin. For both paddles, the slight weakness in one area is definitely not a big deal, and I consider them both to be high-end paddles.


The Blaze is Wilson’s flagship paddle, targeting serious players, particularly those of a higher skill level. This paddle focuses on spin and power, attributes that are highly beneficial for advanced players, while newer players may not utilize these features as effectively. While this type of paddle is suitable for anyone, less experienced players, who may not appreciate the nuanced differences, can find a more affordable option that meets their needs, which Wilson also provides.

I would rank it like this:

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At just 21 years old, New Jersey native Richard Livornese, Jr. is a rising star in the professional pickleball world and a member of the 2023 APP Next Gen National Team. Initially a college lacrosse player at Stevens Institute of Technology, Richard switched gears to pickleball during the COVID-19 pandemic, co-founding a pickleball academy in his hometown and setting his sights on professional competition. Most recently he has committed to a three-year contract with Major League Pickleball, 2024 through 2026. Richard is an aggressively enterprising person and athlete that is not only finding success on the court, but plans to use his influence to promote the sport’s growth. As a regular contributor to Pickleball Portal, he provides valuable insights through news articles, reviews, and how-to guides. richard@pickleballportal.com

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