What is the best pickleball paddle for spin?
As a pickleball player, you’re bound to ask this question sometime. With so many paddles to choose from, how do you decide which one will let you play in the precise, hard and fast style?
We’ve done the research for you, by taking a look at the new paddles out in 2018 and comparing the ones that are best for spin.
The beauty of pickleball is that it is constantly evolving. So is the equipment you use to play pickleball with. Pro players are advising paddle manufacturers on what they want from a paddle. Manufacturers are designing paddles to different playing styles. In 2018, several paddles were showcased at the US Open. Some of these are excellent for the topspin and the backspin. We’ll point you towards these paddles. We’ll also show the way to some budget options of recent years that continue to be popular for pickleball players who like to incorporate spins into their game.
- List of 6 Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin:-
- What is Spin in Pickleball?
- How to Achieve the Underhand Serve
- Introduction to the Reverse Spin Serve
- The Topspin and Backspin
- Learn to Read your Opponent’s Spin
- Why Composite Paddles are Better for Spin in Most Cases?
- Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin 2018
List of 6 Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin:-
|Paddles for Spin (Models)||Paddle Tech:||Price|
|#1 ProLite CRUSH PowerSpin||Composite Face w/ Polymer Core||Check Price|
|#2 Selkirk Pro S1C||Composite Surface||Check Price|
|#3 ProLite Rebel PowerSpin||Composite Face w/ Polymer Core||Check Price|
|#4 Venom Composite||Composite Surface||Check Price|
|#5 Engage Encore X||Liquid Graphite Face w/ Polymer Core||Check Price|
|#6 Gamma Micron 2.0||Composite Face w/ Nomex Core||Check Price|
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What is Spin in Pickleball?
Every pickleball player goes through the spinning phase. The holes on the pickleball can slow the game down, which makes pickleball such a crowd-pleaser and highly family-friendly. The spin spices the game up. A spin is exactly what it seems: you use a paddle to spin the ball instead of playing a straight serve or shot.
Putting a spin on a shot makes it unpredictable. It could land anywhere on your opponent’s court and increase their chances of a miss-hit or a miss altogether.
How to Achieve the Underhand Serve
You won’t find a lot of advanced players trying to win a point by spinning on a serve. Their aim may be to serve – even a gentle and high serve will do – to place the ball as close to the baseline as possible. The opponent will have a harder time returning such a serve quickly on the diagonal.
But even experts sometimes use an underhand serve with a spin and great speed. In this type of serve, the paddle must be moving upward at the time of contact with the ball, and the top of the paddle should be below the wrist. As you can see, there can be many variations of this serve, and spinning on the underhand is a great way to send a killer serve your opponent’s way.
Ideally, the ball should hit the opponent’s side of the court just behind the kitchen line. The best area to target is the outside front corner, an area that is not very well covered even by right-hand players. The ball will also bounce unpredictably. Beginners will rarely be able to return this underhand serve. They may not even make contact with their paddle.
Introduction to the Reverse Spin Serve
If you play the reverse spin serve, the ball will hit the opponent’s court on their left side. This is another difficult spin serve to return. To try it and its variations, you should try to serve the ball by precisely brushing the ball with your paddle in an outward to an inward motion. This is a tougher spin to achieve, but with a good paddle that you’re in control of, it is quite possible.
The Topspin and Backspin
You can return with a nice topspin or backspin instead of a straight flat groundstroke. Topspin is when the ball spins forward as it flies through the air. A backspin is when the ball spins backward.
For topspin, you hit low to high. For a backspin, you hit high to low.
These two spins are good ways to add variation to your groundstroke hits behind the middle court. By changing which way the ball spins, you can change how high or low the ball will fly. A backspin will make the ball soar further while topspin will make the ball bounce higher than usual.
Also remember that a backspin will make the ball slower when it moves forward, which could confuse your opponent if they are expecting something else. Their return might then be unstable.
Our advice is, not to try a spin on every shot. Mix your flat shots with topspins and backspins.
Learn to Read your Opponent’s Spin
Spin may not work against more advanced players. They may be able to read the clues on the spinning ball to figure out which way the ball is spinning. If you play the sport long enough, you will find out that a spinning Pickleball is easy to read. The holes and colors make it easy to gauge where the ball will bounce and which way it will move.
You can learn to read an opponent’s spin too, by paying attention to the contrasting holes in the colored ball coming your way. With time and experience, you can hit even the fast spins.
Some quick tips to tackling your opponent’s spin are:
- Wait to hit the ball after it’s past its arch and almost onto its second bounce
- Keep an eye on how your opponent hits the spin. For example, if they’re hitting topspin and moving the paddle from low to high, expect the ball to bounce higher than usual.
You’re bound to want to spin faster, harder and more accurately as you get into the intermediate levels of the game. This calls for a paddle that gives you a lot of control and precision for sending your ball exactly in the direction and with the speed you want.
Why Composite Paddles are Better for Spin in Most Cases?
Many players prefer composite paddles for better spin control.
The two types of widely used Pickleball paddles have graphite and composite surfaces. A graphite face is a smooth, lightweight and polished carbon face with very little texture. Composite paddle faces, on the other hand, can be a blend of different materials like carbon fiber, vinyl, resin, fiberglass etc. They have a slight texture – within levels permitted by official tournament rules – that gives the paddle a slight ‘grab’ on the ball. Combined with military and aerospace grade cores, the best composite paddles give you more control, power, and a precise spin. A big sweet spot also helps.
At the same time, there are also some new graphite paddles designed for more spin and control. These should not be ignored.
The paddles on this list are some of the best new composite and graphite paddles for perfecting your topspin and backspin.
Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin 2018
The newly launched CRUSH PowerSpin by ProLite Sports stands out with its fantastic looks. The Snow, Skate and Surf models feature vibrantly colored grips in neon green, orange and red, and beautiful graphic prints that go with the model names. Everyone will want to own this paddle with the edgy design, but it’s not all beauty. There’s plenty of brawn.
The paddle has a lightweight fiberglass surface with the company’s new minutely textured SPINtac technology. The core is a honeycomb polymer. For the average player, ProLite has designed a quiet paddle packed with power for a spin shot. The edge guard is low profile and designed for finesse shots when combined with the large sweet spot. The paddle has a good-size 15 1/2 by 7 7/8 inches surface.
The grip is 4 1/8 inch, designed for the averagely built player. A bonus lifetime warranty on the paddle and a 5-year no dead spot warranty makes this paddle fully worth the hundred dollars you will shell out for it.
The 7.4 to 7.8-ounce ProLite Crush is on the heavier side of medium weight paddles, which means it gives you a lot of crushing power. This is definitely a paddle to try if you’re looking for a paddle to improve your spin.
|Product Dimensions||15 1/2” x 7 7/8″|
|Product Weight||7.4oz – 7.8 oz|
The Selkirk Pro S1C is a polymer composite. The composite automatically makes the paddle suitable for a spin, and at the same price point as the ProLite Crush PowerSpin, it puts up stiff competition.
The offering from Selkirk is ever so slightly on the heavier side, weighing 7.5 to 8 ounces. The oversized version weighs a beefy 8.5 ounces. Its weight may make the paddle preferable to tennis players who want the same kind of feel from their pickleball paddle as from their tennis racquets. The Selkirk Pro has a polymer core and a FiberStrong composite surface of average size measuring 15 2/3 inches by 8 inches.
The word ‘pro’ in the name comes from pro player Tony Tollenaar, who advised that Selkirk make the handle shorter and the hitting surface larger. Despite the average paddle face size, the sweet spot has turned out to be larger than expected of a paddle this size. You have a choice between a large and an extra large in models.
Just because the paddle has inputs from a pro for pro playing, this doesn’t mean you can’t use it for recreation. In fact, it’s a great paddle for use at school or at your nearest rec center. This paddle is highly recommended for those who want something on the heavier side.
ProLite’s Rebel PowerSpin is yet another recent composite paddle that seems to be designed for spin and English. With the textured fiberglass-hitting surface, you’ll find the paddle does a fantastic job of grabbing the ball as you play and spinning it with great accuracy.
Another feature that stands out is the extra large (16 inches) hitting surface. It gives you an enormous sweet spot for great control over your spin shot.
The paddle looks great and has a good feel. It is quite noiseless, and you can safely use it in a quiet zone or in your noise-restricted community.
Overall, the medium-weight (7.7-8.1 ounce) paddle can make your pickleball game highly enjoyable. The grip is a comfortable 4 1/4 inches in circumference and measures a perfect 5 inches in length. A highly recommended paddle just a few dollars more than the first two on this list.
|Product Dimensions||16″x 7 5/8″|
|Product Weight||7.7-8.3 oz|
The composite paddle from Venom is a heavy paddle weighing between 7.7 and 8.5 ounces, so it’s not for everyone. But this 15 3/4 inch by 8 1/8 inch paddle with a honeycomb Nomex core and fiberglass with UV resistant vinyl overlay is excellent value for money. You’ll find it slightly heavier than the graphite paddles on this list, and it’s meant to add more power to your shots. When you combine it with the spin control of the composite material, you really can’t go wrong with this paddle.
It has a quiet polymer core and an extra long 5 1/2 inch handle. Clearly, it’s going to be a good paddle for you if you like to take your backhands two-handed, reminding you of your tennis days. Overall, the Venom Composite is an excellent budget paddle option that deserves a place on this list.
|Product Weight||7.8-8.5 oz|
We had to include this graphite paddle from Engage on our list because of the special technology that the company uses to benefit your spin shots. The surface of the Encore X is chemically bonded liquid graphite. This surface works like composite surfaces in helping to grip the ball while you play, adding to spin control and precision. If you enjoy the lightness of a graphite paddle but want the power and precision of a composite paddle, the Encore X series may be your best choice.
The Encore X weighs a perfect 7.5 ounces. The core is a honeycomb polymer core that can be quiet and absorbent when the ball comes in contact with the surface. For those looking for a heavier graphite paddle, the Encore X Pro is worth a look. The Pro goes up to 8.3 ounces. Both the Pro and the X look modern, minimalist and great, and come in six different colors.
|Product Dimensions||15 1/4” x 8″|
|Product Weight||7.8 – 8.3 oz|
We’ve already offered you a budget option in the Venom paddle. But the Micron 2.0 from Gamma is also an excellent budget option in the medium weight range of composite fiberglass paddles. It has a slim profile, a nice 15 3/4 inch length that gives you a large sweet spot for taking a shot. The core is aerospace grade Aramid Nomex for power and its combination with fiberglass can be a powerhouse, as is well-knownin the pickleball world.
The grip is contoured and on the smaller side, and the paddle itself weighs 7.6 ounces. If you have small hands, this is a good paddle for you.
|Product Dimensions||15 3/4” x 7 3/4″|
|Product Weight||7.9 oz|
We hope this list of paddles to improve your spin performance will come in handy. Buying a paddle is by no means only a matter of specs, materials, and reviews (Also Read:- Top 5 Best Pickleball Paddles for Beginners).
You do have to try the paddles out for yourself to find out which one suits you best like trying edgeless paddles, graphite paddles, etc.. Be sure to consider factors like feel, grip, how well you can manipulate a ball in mid-air, your playing style, etc. Whether you should go for a heavier or lighter paddle will depend on your playing style. Are you ready to perfect your spin?