Graphite and Carbon Fiber Pickleball PaddlesGraphite and carbon fiber are substantially similar materials, usually offering a rough texture for spin and a controllable feel. They typically feature a polypropylene honeycomb interior and a graphite or carbon fiber skin on both the front and back of the paddle face. The layer of graphite is very thin, about the thickness of a fingernail. Light and strong, graphite paddles are the most popular paddle we sell for the adult pickleball player. Players like the quick action off graphite and carbon fiber faces.
Do Graphite Paddles Really Offer the Best Quality?Graphite pickleball paddles are the weapon of choice for many competitive players. Fans believe they allow for more control and finesse during games. It's important to remember that graphite only makes up the paddle's face, while the interior or core material will vary between styles. Graphite paddles provide a useful “touch” sensation, meaning players can easily feel the ball connecting with their paddle, allowing them to vary the strength of their hits in a more intuitive way. The reactive nature of these paddles makes them feel like a true extension of self!
Graphite paddles also help prevent fatigue and wrist strain as a lighter alternative to composite pickleball paddles. Most graphite paddles fit into the “sweet spot” medium weight range of 7.3 – 8.4 oz, while composite paddles usually fall toward the higher end of that spectrum, at times even passing 9 oz. Graphite paddle faces are highly rigid, making them perfect as a hitting surface, yet they can be brittle due to the short carbon fibers that make up the material. This is why paddle edge guards are so important. If you're considering an edgeless paddle to reduce mishits, be careful not to hit the ground to avoid chipping.
Additionally, players may want to store their paddle in a cover to help preserve the smoothness of the face. Keep your equipment in a dry and cool location to help ensure it stays in good condition for years to come. The balance of speed and touch in a graphite paddle is something that should be experienced at least once by every player.
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