Diadem Riptide Composite Paddle

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Light/Mid-weight paddle with dense polymer core and unique face material made of hot melt glass fiber for power. Offers extra texture for spin and control.

Middleweight/Small Grip

Diadem Riptide Composite Pickleball Paddle

The Riptide Composite Paddle by Diadem is a balanced, midrange option that will provide an extra boost to your abilities. Its face is made with a unique material called HMT Fiber which is a blend of hot melt glass fiber that brings more power to your game, while the added texture to the surface is useful for spin and wonderful placement. It has a fairly long and large face that contributes to a broad sweet spot and creates a responsive feel.

The Riptide Pickleball Paddle is weighs in at 7.5 - 7.7 oz., putting it on the lighter end of the mid-weight range. It features a cushioned grip in a small 4" circumference, wrapping a 5" long handle. This paddle utilizes the same 12mm-thick (0.47") high-density honeycomb core found in the high-end Diadem Icon Paddle, which translates to a strike which feels more solid and reassuring than paddles constructed with lower-density cores. Now, players of all levels will enjoy the consistency of a much more expensive paddle, mated to a powerful fiberglass face material, all in a sub-$100 package.

The Riptide Composite Pickleball Paddle from Diadem offers potent play in a classic shape that will feel like an extension of your hand.

Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".


Diadem Riptide Pickleball Paddle Technical Specifications
Average Weight: 7.6 ounces
Weight Range: 7.5 - 7.7 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4" (Small) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Grip Style: Comfort Max Grip
Grip Manufacturer: Diadem
Handle Length: 5"
Paddle Length: 16"
Paddle Width: 7 3/5"
Paddle Face: HMT Glass Fiber (composite fiberglass)
Core Material: High-density Polymer Honeycomb
Core Thickness: 12mm (.47")
Edge Guard: 1/4" overlapping paddle face
Manufacturer: Diadem Pickleball
Made in China

Reviews (7)

  • This was the one

    Nov 17, 2023

    I’ve been playing for some time now and my previous paddle was okay compared with this one. I’ve been able to play better and paddle feels much comfortable. Others have noted my improvement when playing with this one. Love this paddle!


  • Good 2nd Paddle

    Aug 12, 2022

    This is a great looking paddle. The paddle face has a unique fiberglass meld surface that feels rather rough to the touch. It generates good spin. Slices feel very nice on this paddle. The handle is a very comfortable hexagonal shape, but it was too small. I had to put an overgrip on it. There is significant pop from this paddle. However, after putting an overgrip on it, the swing balance went more toward the handle. The sweet spot was smaller than what I am used to. Also, as a light paddle, I had great hand speed with it, but if I didn’t hit the ball just right, the pickleball would just die. I had to add lead tape at the top corners and sides to increase the sweet spot and swing weight toward the end of the paddle. After these modifications, it feels great to hit with! Overall, this is a great paddle to transition to if you’re more than just a beginner. It helped me to find more of my paddle preferences and how to obtain them with overgrip and lead tape.

    Aug 12, 2022

  • POP!

    Mar 21, 2022

    This paddle made such a loud pop when it hit the ball, I was embarrassed! Although I know some people like the pop. Good beginner to intermediate paddle, but I sent it back for an edgeless model.


  • Great Paddle for small hands

    Feb 22, 2022

    I have played with several different paddles and at times have felt like Goldilocks. Too long, too large a grip, too hard or too soft. This paddle has a smaller grip which allows me to maneuver my paddle for quicker reaction time. It also allows good touch as well as being able to hit hard on command. Love this paddle!

    Feb 22, 2022

  • Paddle and cover

    Nov 4, 2021

    The paddle is exactly what I expected in the cover is very nice. Very pleased with my purchase.

    Nov 4, 2021

  • Love this paddle

    Oct 27, 2021

    I have only played a few times with this paddle but like the feel of balance and control that it provides when I play. I have also been looking for a smaller grip and the grip on this is perfect for me. You should give this new paddle a try!

    Oct 27, 2021

  • Riptide paddle

    Oct 4, 2021

    David Ramirez