gear recommendations

a curated gear guide brought to you by our team of pickleball connoisseurs (including tour pros)

Gear Recommendations


Bantam EX-L


Skill : Intermediate

Style : accuracy

A paddle used by pros for under $100, the Bantam EX-L is best for players who prioritize power and consistency over spin and control. The sound and feel of a crushed overhead is just right, even if you miss the sweet spot.

Encore Composite


Skill : Intermediate

Style : power

One of our pros described this paddle as "way better than anything below $100." Encore's textured surface makes it ideal for spin, but this paddle still packs a punch. Great for intermediate players looking to take the next step.



Skill : Intermediate

Style : Control

The Onix Z5 has been a staple of the midrange paddle ecosystem for years, and for good reason. It's a trusty do-it-all paddle at a reasonable price— great for players honing various types of shots with consistency and control.