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Paddle Specifications

Paddle Headsize & Shape:

The headsize of a paddle is a measurement of the surface area of the paddle head in square inches.  Paddles can be categorized into three sizes/shapes: Small and oval, Round, and Big and Round.  The larger the surface area of the paddle, the larger the sweet spot. Smaller, oval paddles are however, more maneuverable.

Paddle Weight:

The weight of a paddle is based on ounces/grams.  Beginner or junior paddles tend to be lighter in weight.  Whereas, more advanced paddle players tend to use heavier paddles.  The heavier the paddle is, the higher the power rating, the more stable, and the less maneuverable it is. The lighter the paddle, the lower the density, and the more maneuverable it is.  Paddle weight includes the grip and is based on average manufactured specification.  It usually ranges from 12.3 oz. (349 grams) to 14.2 oz. (402 grams).

Core Density:

Core Density consists of High, Mid, or Low density levels.  High density cores provide more stiffness, greater power, and stability.  Most advanced paddle players typically use higher density paddles who are already control oriented players needing more power from the paddle. Mid density cores blend power and control.  If a player is not sure what density to the best suited for them, it is always safe to go with a Mid density which is acceptable for most recreational players.  Low density cores provide a softer feel, more control, and added vibration dampening.  The lower density has less power because the paddle absorbs more of the energy of the ball upon impact.  Players who are not that experienced will need a lower density paddle to achieve more control, and placement of the ball instead of power.

Overall Length:

Paddles can not be larger 18” in length.  Junior paddles can be 17” in length, but most adult paddles are 18”. Handle LengthThe handle length of a paddle varies from junior, standard, or long.  Longer handles are designed for two-handed shots and more reach on shots.

Paddle Throat:

Paddle throats are mostly closed, but they can be open as well.  Open throats are designed for better maneuverability, but these are generally not in production anymore.

Beam Thickness:

Paddle beams are most commonly 19mm in adult paddles, and junior paddles can be found at 17mm. Thicker beams tend to be more comfort-oriented, and thinner beams tend to have a more solid, denser feel for more control.


The balance of a paddle is a measure of the paddle's center of mass along the length of the paddle.  Balance is divided into 2 categories: Even and Head Heavy.  Head Heavy balance provides extra snap on serves and overheads.