Have you ever thought it would be fun to design your own paddle? Or create a unique paddle for a friend or family member? The good news is—it's entirely possible to do this! While we currently don't have the ability to make custom paddles here at PickleballCentral, some of the manufacturers we work with do offer this service at a fairly affordable price.
Custom paddles make wonderful gifts since you can use pictures or other personal images on the paddle's face, giving the giftee a little reminder of you whenever they play. They also serve as great prizes if you want to offer a truly unique reward for members of your local club during tournaments. You can use your team's logo or another clever image to make your prize paddle stand out.
The first and probably easiest way to get a custom paddle is through Pro-Lite. You can use your own image on their popular graphite Blaster paddle through the order form here. You can even select what type of grip you'd like them to apply and put different pictures on each side of the face.
The other option is going through Manta. While they don't have an order form on their site, you should be able to contact them and request pricing. They have stated that they currently do custom images on their Extreme and Custom Pro series, however you must make a minimum purchase of 12 paddles for them to do this. As such, it makes more sense going through Manta if you want matching paddles for clubs or other communities.
We're pretty sure POP offers custom paddles too. There are limited designs to choose from, but you have more flexibility when it comes to selecting the materials and weight. You can contact the owner, Brian Jensen, at email@example.com.
And what if you want a paddle with its standard design and slight modifications, such as a smaller grip size? Manufacturers are usually pretty accommodating with such requests. We ask that customers give the manufacturer a call directly, as sometimes they will be able to shave down a grip or modify a paddle's weight to better meet a player's needs.
Would you ever use a custom-designed paddle? What image(s) would you like to see on it?