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What is the Difference between Power and Control Pickleball Paddles

What is the Difference between a Power and a Control Pickleball Paddle

When it comes to pickleball paddles, there are two main types: POWER paddles and CONTROL paddles. Let's dive into the differences between the two.

Power Pickleball Paddles vs: Control Pickleball Paddles

Selkirk Power Air Power Pickleball Paddle

Power pickleball paddles are designed to give you that extra oomph in your shots. They typically have a stiffer surface, which allows for more power and speed behind your hits. These paddles are great for players who prefer a more aggressive playing style and want to put some serious force behind their shots. With a Power paddle, you can really make those balls fly!

As a generality, Power pickleball paddles tend to be a bit thinner that Control Pickleball paddles.

A Power pickleball paddle usually clocks in at around 13 or 14 MM thick where as Control pickleball paddles usually will be around 16 or 18 MM.

The actual paddle that I play is a Control Paddle, the Selkirk Luxx Control Air Invicta (pictured below) is a full 20 MM thick. Although at that thickness its a surprising light paddle at 7.6 OZ to 7.9 OZ.

CONTROL pickleball paddles are all about precision and finesse. These paddles are usually lighter in weight and have a softer surface, which gives you more control over your shots. They allow for better maneuverability and touch, making it easier to place the ball exactly where you want it on the court. CONTROL paddles are perfect for players who prioritize accuracy and strategic placement over sheer power.

Most serious paddle manufacturers have models that fit into the power categpry as well as the control category.

In our photos here I am using the Selkirk Luxx lineup for Control Paddles and the Selkirk Power Air lineup of power paddles. They are high quality paddles and a perfect example of each of the two genres.
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Selkirk Luxx Control

Now, it's important to note that the choice between a Power paddle and a Control paddle ultimately depends on your personal playing style and preferences. Some players may prefer the raw power of a Power paddle, while others may find more success with the finesse and control offered by a Control paddle.

In conclusion, Power pickleball paddles are geared towards players who want to maximize their shot power and speed, while Control pickleball paddles are designed for those who prioritize accuracy and finesse. Both types have their own unique advantages, so it's all about finding the paddle that suits your playing style the best.

I hope this explanation helps you understand the difference between Power Pickleball Paddles and Control pickleball paddles! Let me know if you have any more questions or if there's anything else I can assist you with.

Patrick Batty
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