We know you take your game seriously—but there are also times when you want to show off your style. Six winners here:
1. Skal Pickleball, The Valkyrie .01 Paddle
7.8 O., $125; SKALPICKLEBALL.COM
The rainbow zigzag might draw you in, but this paddle is built for success: Its rough surface texture offers great spin, the grip has sweat-wicking technology, and the core absorbs vibrations!
2. Holbrook Pickleball, SoHo Paddle
7.8 OZ., $89; HOLBROOKPICKLEBALL.COM
Created to evoke an upscale, urban feel, this lightweight paddle has a honeycomb core, graphite face, and a supercomfy, sweatproof, condensed-foam grip.
3. Salted City Sports, Pink Camo, Evo-Lite Series Paddle
7.5–8 OZ., $79; SALTEDCITYSPORTS.COM
The psychedelic vibe could hypnotize your opponent—but you won’t need to. This paddle—with its huge sweet spot and spin-enhancing surface—will take care of business.
4. Vantaze Pickleball, Vantaze Victory
8 OZ., $120; VANTAZEPICKLEBALL.COM
The marble-patterned paddle (with a leather-look ribbed handle) is purpose-built for all skill levels: It has a large sweet spot and provides loads of power from the baseline.
5. Erne, Boogie Board
7.9 OZ., $99; ERNE-PICKLEBALL.COM
Sure, it’s engineered to give you an explosive pop and stellar topspin, but the Boogie Board is all about fun: ErneHead, the bearded logo, sits in the paddle’s sweet spot, a constant reminder to always be yourself.
6. Recess Pickleball, Goldie Paddle
7.5–8 OZ., $86; RECESSPICKLEBALL.COM
Stylish Recess Pickleball cares about performance—it’s a sponsor of Major League Pickleball. This Goldie model has a honeycomb core and fiberglass surface.