The Onix Z5 pickleball paddle is one of the most popular and widely used paddles in the country. It’s easily recognizable thanks to its iconic Z on the face of the paddle, making it a staple on pickleball courts everywhere. The Z5 is not only favored by recreational players, but it’s also the paddle of choice for many competitive players who participate in local and national tournaments, including Pro player Tyler Loong of Team Onix.

The classic widebody shape of the Z5 is considered one of the most versatile designs, and it remains a popular choice for building new paddles. While some modern paddles have unique, elongated shapes, many players still prefer the simple, classic widebody shape. This shape is also ideal for beginners, who find the large hitting surface and sweet spot easier to play with as they learn the game.

Both the Onix Z5 and the newer paddles on the market are approved by the USAPA for tournament play. So, if you’re a competitive player, you can rest assured that these paddles are tournament-ready.

Composite Z5 Pickleball Paddle Review:

Onix Composite Z5 Pickleball Paddle, Blue




Onix Composite Z5

The Composite Z5 Pickleball Paddle is a heavier alternative to its graphite counterpart, making it a great option for players who want an extra boost of power in their baseline shots and overhead smashes.

The composite finish provides more texture to enhance ball control at the no volley zone (NVZ). The shape and size of the two paddles are similar, so it ultimately comes down to a player’s preferred weight and the impact of the composite surface compared to the glossy graphite on their game.

An added bonus is that the composite model often retails for just slightly less than the graphite.




  • Suitable for beginners with its widebody shape.
  • Provides additional power due to its weight.
  • Offers a good pop off the face.
  • Reasonably priced.


  • Its weight of 8.5+ ounces may not be suitable for players with tennis elbow.
  • The quality of the new grip may be questionable, but it is a fixable issue.


Graphite Z5 Pickleball Paddle Review:

ONIX Graphite Z5


The Graphite Z5 Pickleball Paddle is a top choice for those in search of a high-quality graphite paddle that features a classic wide-body shape.

Weighing in at just under 8 ounces, this paddle is a great option for players of all levels, from beginners to those coming from other racket sports, especially Tennis.

Its balanced feel and control make it a strong contender compared to other similar wide-body graphite paddles on the market.





  • A balanced feel for improved control.
  • Lighter than the composite version.
  • Relatively quiet when striking the ball.


  • Might not provide enough power for some players, in which case the composite Z5 could be a better choice.


ONIX Graphite Z5 Pickleball Paddle (Graphite Carbon Fiber Face with Rough Texture Surface, Cushion Comfort Grip and Nomex Honeycomb Core for Touch, Control, and Power)

The Z5 paddles come fitted with an Onix grip tape, however, they used to be shipped with the popular Gamma grips. While the Onix grip may not be as highly rated, it can be easily replaced with a Gamma grip if desired.

Before purchasing, it’s always a good idea to try out the paddle and see how it feels, as you may eventually change the grip anyway with regular play.

I’ve seen (on the Onix website as well as Amazon and other online retailers) show the paddle is still shown as being fitted with a Gamma grip, these are known as some of the best pickleball grips available.

As recently as summer 2018, we confirmed that the current Z5 paddles are now being shipped out with Onix brand grip tape.

While this isn’t a deal breaker necessarily, the gamma grip was always one of the features that landed in the plus columns for the Z5 paddle.

I can’t really say much about the Onix grip since I don’t use them. You can always replace the grip (it’s an easy process and relatively inexpensive). If I were to buy a new one of these paddles, I’d play with it for a while first to see how it feels.

You could always change it out (if you play regularly you’ll changing out the grip eventually anyway and can easily switch to the Gamma).

Should you consider the Onix Z5 Pickleball Paddle?

If you’re in the market for a high-quality paddle that will serve you well as a beginner and beyond, the Onix Z5 is definitely worth considering. However, it’s not right for everyone.

Who should steer clear of this paddle?

If you have joint pain or suffer from elbow injuries, it may be best to opt for the lighter graphite model of the Z5. Additionally, if you primarily play singles, the Z5 might not be the best option as you may prefer a longer paddle like the Onix Summit.

Alternatives worth considering:

If you’re still on the fence about the Z5, consider the GAMMA Neutron Premium 2.0 or the Pro-Lite Rebel PowerSpin 2.0 for a comparable composite option. Both offer similar build quality and price range as the Z5, but still packs plenty of punch and has a nice texture on the paddle face for adding spin to your shots (click to see the full list, spoiler alert- the Composite Z5 made the list).

Paddle Specifications: Composite Z5

Here is a detailed overview of all the paddle specifications:

Brand: Onix Sports
Paddle Average Weight:  8.9 oz
Paddle Weight Range:   8.4 – 9.2 oz.
Paddle Face Style: Widebody
Paddle Face Finish: Composite
Paddle Length: 15 3/4″
Paddle Width: 8-1/8″
Grip Size: 4 1/4″ (Medium)
Grip Type: Cushion grip
Grip Manufacturer: Onix Grip
Paddle Handle: 5″ (tennis style handle)
Core Material:
Edge Guard: YES
Where Made: Mexico
Color Options: Blue, Black, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red

Paddle Specifications: Graphite Z5

Here is a detailed overview of all the paddle specifications:

Brand: Onix Sports

Paddle Average Weight: 7.8 oz.
Paddle Weight Range: 7.5-8.1 oz. (Medium Weight)
Paddle Face Style: Widebody
Paddle Face Finish: Graphite
Paddle Length: 15.5″
Paddle Width: 8.3″
Grip Size: 4-1/4” ” (Medium)
Grip Type: Cushion grip
Grip Manufacturer: Onix Grip
Paddle Handle: 5″ (tennis style handle)
Core Material: Nomex, paper honeycomb core
Edge Guard: Yes
Where Made: Mexico
Color Options: Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Playing Style: Control Paddle

Related Video: 

Here is a quick video from Steve Wong owner of Onix Sports showing off the Z5 and explaining the main differences between the composite and the graphite models.


The Onix Z5 remains the top-selling paddle in the Onix lineup, thanks to its popularity on courts everywhere. The classic design, durable construction, and comfortable grip make it a versatile choice for players of all levels, from novice to advanced.

Consumers can choose between the lightweight graphite model for touch players or the heavier composite option for ex-tennis players and power hitters.

With new paddles in the market often priced around $150, the Z5 offers great value for its mid-range price point.

The Z5 has received glowing reviews from players and is frequently discussed in online pickleball forums and facebook groups. Although it’s not an inexpensive paddle, its retail price is reasonable for the quality and longevity offered by a reputable brand like Onix.