adidas ADIPOWER CTRL Pickleball PaddleThe adidas ADIPOWER paddles utilize an innovative combination of materials to produce pickleball paddles which offer offensively-oriented players a distinct measure of control when forced back on defense. adidas calls the face material "carbon aluminized," which is essentially a soft coating over a much harder material, yielding a paddle with enjoyably different degrees of response and touch at different depths on the court. Advanced players will love the feel as the ball dwells on the face just long enough to maximize your shot selection. The "CTRL" model (pronounced "control") is an all-court shape which provides a good blocking width that is maneuverable with a mid-weight range. The high-density 14.28mm (0.56") thick polypropylene core adds another measure of control to your shots.
The ADIPOWER CTRL Pickleball Paddle is offered in a weight range of 7.7 - 8.2 oz., with a 4-3/4" handle length and small'ish 4-1/8" grip circumference. Overall, the paddle measures 16" long by 8" wide, and features both adidas' structural reinforcement tech around the perimiter of the paddle, as well as their "Spin Blade" surface texture to enhance lateral ball movement when you want it. What adidas brings to the market with their ADIPOWER CTRL is a great, soft playing paddle for advanced and pro-level pickleballers.
Please Note: adidas’ Carbon Aluminized surface treatment will sometimes cause a slight blurring underneath the graphic. This is caused when the carbon shows through the aluminum, and it does not affect the performance of the paddle.
Weight Average: 8.0 ounces
Weight Range: 7.7 - 8.2 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4 1/8" (small) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Grip Style: Perforated Cushion
Grip Manufacturer: adidas
Handle Length: 4 3/4"
Paddle Length: 16.0"
Paddle Width: 8.0"
Paddle Face: Carbon Aluminized
Core Material: High-density Polypropylene Honeycomb
Core Thickness: 14.28mm (.56")
Edge Guard: 1/4" overlapping paddle face
Made in China
Adidas ADIPOWER CTRL
Jan 20, 2023
Love this paddle!
Excellent all around paddle
Dec 28, 2022
Weight and balance is perfect for me. Love the large sweet spot. Lots of control and very solid feel.
Noticeably Larger Sweet Spot
Sep 21, 2021
I played with the ADIPOWER CTRL paddle for about an hour and a half. The paddle took a few minutes to adapt to, as it is balanced with more weight toward the top edge of the paddle. Outdoors, I was able to power through some substantial wind without losing any of the control that I wanted. The sweet spot is noticeably larger and easier to hit than other similarly shaped paddles that I have tried. The squared-off shape of the handle made it very easy to know the orientation of the paddle face just by the feel of the handle in my hand. I have large hands, and the handle diameter was a good fit for my hand. It was easy to hold on to no matter if my hand was dry or wet. The paddle that I used was an easy weight for me to play with for extended play times. The carbon aluminized face and the polypropylene honeycomb core of the paddle give it a softer feel which allowed a good variation of shot choices. The ball stays in contact with the paddle face just a bit longer than it does on harder faced paddles. I was able to put plenty of power on the ball when I wanted to, easy spin when I wanted it, and confident control when playing softer strategic drop shots and dinks. I was also surprised by the subdued sound of the paddle and found that I like the quieter pop. It seemed to have a distracting effect on my opponents.
Good Control with Plenty of Power
Sep 21, 2021
I played with the Adidas ADIPower CTRL paddle. I enjoyed playing with it! The grip was the perfect size for me (4-1/8") and felt very comfortable in my hand. It seemed more like a "power" paddle which fits my game. I also found I had good control when connecting with the ball. It provided power on my serve as well as ground strokes. It also provided needed control when volleying at the NVZ. It would be a great addition to a player's equipment arsenal! The paddle would be best suited for a player who wants more power and less cushion while still giving the needed control to place their shots. The paddle inspired confidence in my serves, volleys, smashes and dinks because it was very responsive to me. It had a good sweet spot and balance in the paddle. The thing I liked most about the paddle was that it felt very natural in my hand. It was balanced and the grip fit my hand very well. When I hit the ball the paddle felt like an extension of my hand.
Couldn't Put It Down!
Sep 21, 2021
My plan for testing this paddle was to play with it for an hour and then let my friends take turns to get their opinions. That hour turned into two, unfortunately for my friends, I would not let this paddle out of my hands. Let’s start from the bottom. The Adidas logo on a shiny red background is a nice touch. Moving up to the grip, having the red background carried through underneath the black grip is very sharp looking. It reminds me of the steering wheel of a sports car. The face itself is blazoned with the iconic Adidas logo with a shiny geometric light and dark grey pattern underneath. It is one good looking paddle, certainly draws your attention. But let’s face it, looks only get you so far. How does it play you ask? I was worried that the slightly higher weight of my test model and smooth face would cause a loss of power and/or control. Quite the contrary. I hit with a ton of power with no vibration, pin point accuracy and just enough spin to be dangerous. My soft game, specifically my two-handed backhand cross court dinking was effortless. Probably my most favorite characteristic of the paddle was how it handled when being attacked at the kitchen line. It seemed to absorb and drop the ball back over the net. It definitely kicked my defensive game up a notch; turned a gun fight into a pillow fight. I think that this paddle is most suited for an intermediate to advanced player. Specifically, someone whose game might need a little giddy-up to get to the next level. It might sound completely silly but my mind changed the name of the paddle from ADIPOWER to ATTA GIRL by the end of my test drive. Glad to see that Adidas is jumping into the pickleball paddle world, it's indicative of just how popular the sport has become. `