gear recommendations

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

Gear Recommendations




Skill : Beginner

Recess's Classic paddle comes in a variety of chic, Austin-inspired patterns for the aesthetically-minded player. It's lightweight and a little bouncy, great for beginners and those who play pickle for the social aspect.

Kinetic Ovation Flight


Style : control

If you've suffered from tennis elbow, this is the paddle for you. It's lightweight and maneuverable, and will generate high ball speed without a massive swing. The oval shape will also resonate well with tennis players.

Encore MX 6.0


Skill : Advanced

Style : Control

This advanced paddle is ideal for ex-tennis players, featuring a longer face and handle to extend reach and generate power. With the MX 6.0, players can expect surgical precision with every shot.

Tempest Wave Pro


Skill : Advanced

Style : Consistency

This paddle is for advanced players who love to dink and want every shot to feel smooth, like cutting butter with a hot knife. The Tempest Wave Pro is built for touch and control around the net without sacrificing much power.



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.

Tyro 2 Pro


Skill : Beginner

Style : Control

This paddle is a great low-cost option with a nicely textured surface that will add spin and control to your game. We recommend it for those just getting into pickleball—perhaps you've been borrowing your friends' paddles and are ready for a piece of equipment to call your own!