Everyone is seeking a unicorn paddle that provides the ultimate in power and control. Unfortunately there's no one-size-fits-all solution, and the paddle which comes closest to achieving that goal will be different for each player.
For those who lean towards a desire for control—to either accentuate their strengths or overcome a weakness in their game—there are several qualities which can enhance accuracy. The top control elements are:
- Graphite face
- Rounded or widebody shape
- Thick core
- Vibration dampening capacity
These elements allow paddles to absorb more energy from the ball which enlarges the sweet spot and increases dwell time. These traits result in fewer mishits and more precision.
The Top 5 Paddles for Control (in no particular order)
The Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro has exceptional touch thanks to its Smart Response Technology, which strengthens the sensitivity present in the original Tempest Wave model. It also has a larger sweet spot, making it capable of a wide variety of shots while maintaining considerable levels of pop when needed.
The Selkirk VANGUARD 2.0 S2 has a generous core thickness at 5/8'. The design greatly reduces the amount of shock that travels up the arm and replaces it with a gentle feel. The Gen2 surface has been enhanced with Pro-Spin texture that allows for accurate placement.
The ProXR Signature Wall lives up to its name, coming in at 16-1/2' long. The majority of its length is dedicated to the face so players can take advantage of the surface area and support the paddle with a finger on the back of the face for more precision. Its angled handle helps naturally strengthen placement.
The most important feature of the adidas ADIPOWER CTRL is its 'carbon aluminized' face which combines a soft material over a harder one to produce just the right amount of touch, no matter where you are on the court. Its wide surface is useful for blocking, with a Spin Blade surface texture for slices.
The Oneshot Pureshot has a slender edge guard that minimizes overlap on the face so you can get the most out of its large sweet spot. A thick 16 mm core provides great forgiveness in addition to dampening impact. Its quality carbon fiber face sits at the high edge of USAPA texture regulations for accurate placement.
Never underestimate the soft game when it comes to making or breaking a point! If you're looking to improve your consistency and accuracy, these paddles will deliver. Have a favorite control-oriented paddle that's not on our list? We'd be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments.