When it comes to pickleball, there are two main types of paddles you will see on a daily basis. Graphite and fiberglass paddles. So what are the differences and which type is right for you?

Before we dig in, let’s talk about wooden paddles. Or rather, let’s talk about why we aren’t talking about them. Wooden paddles are widely available and are fine options for beginners looking for affordable, introductory pickleball play. However, if you’re serious about Pickleball or looking to upgrade from a wooden paddle, graphite and fiberglass should be your pursuit. Wooden paddles are heavier and offer less power and control compared to modern materials.

Pro Tip: Keep your old wooden paddles for visitors to play with. Or donate them to your local community center.

Graphite Paddles

We often associate weight with power. The heavier the paddle, the more power you get. However, graphite is a material that breaks this line of thinking. Since it is such a strong material, you can get plenty of power from a very thin layer of it. Think fingernail thin. This allows for graphite paddles to remain light, yet offer the power of a heavier paddle.

It’s why many professional and serious pickleball players prefer a graphite paddle. But don’t let that scare you if you’re not a pro. Since graphite pickleball paddles are both light and strong, they give you fast action off the paddle and a powerful boost.

We recommend graphite paddles for players looking to gain more power without sacrificing control.



Fiberglass Paddles


First, let’s talk about how fiberglass paddles are similar to graphite paddles. Weight. Both types of pickleball paddles offer light- to mid-weight options.

Fiberglass paddles, or you may see them referred to as composite paddles, focus more on precision, rather than power. The light flex of the material offers pinpoint accuracy in your pickleball play. So we recommend fiberglass for players looking to elevate their game by improving their accuracy.

At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with graphite or fiberglass paddles. Just ask yourself how you want to elevate your game. More power? Or more control?