Head Radical Elite Pickleball Paddle

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This paddle features a fiberglass hitting surface and polymer core with a middle weight for increased power.

Middleweight/Medium Grip

HEAD Radical Elite Composite Paddle

The Radical Elite Composite Paddle provides solid heft and top-quality control so you can play pickleball at your own pace. With an elongated body and ergonomic grip, this is a versatile piece of gear that gives you the ability to cover large areas of the court, stress free. The design is ideal for control players who want to be able to manage dinks up at the net while still being able to drive balls on the serve.

The Radical Elite Composite Paddle is 16" long with a 5" handle in a medium grip size. The weight ranges from 8.0 - 8.3 oz so you get some extra power in your hits. The design uses an edgy color palette of red, gray and white. The HEAD logo curves across the top of the paddle while its name and additional accents are placed below. The face is 7-7/8" wide.

The Radical Elite Composite Paddle is a high quality choice for players who want to do it all, from hard slams to technical dinks.

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

Here's a transcript of the video:
Sarah Ansboury here. I’m your 2016 Women’s Doubles Champion for the US Open as well as Mixed Doubles Champion. So, I’m here to talk to you today about my paddle of choice, HEAD Pickleball. I love the quality of these products. What I have in my hands right now is the HEAD Radical Elite. What is so cool about these paddles, you have this dynamic power shape. There’s a tapered edge, it kind of goes inward a little bit. It gives you a little bit more maneuverability, but it also gives you some nice pop. Now the surface of this paddle is crazy smooth. It’s really, really, soft and it’s a fiberglass so with that you’re getting a little extra pop, but a little extra touch. But, my absolute favorite thing about this paddle, like all of the head paddles, this is one single piece. What that means is it’s going to be much more stable and secure paddle overall. Demo programs allow you to try paddles to see what you like about them. If you don’t like Radial Elite and the fiberglass, then maybe you like the Radical Pro. So go out, see what you think, and come back. Do you want to buy it? Do you want to try another?
"I recommend the Radical series for newer players since the shape provides more surface area to work with. The Radical Elite, in particular, has a really great price. It uses a standard grip and has less texture on the face, but you still get the same materials and quality of the other paddles." - Sarah Ansboury, Pro Player (5.0)


Radical Elite Composite Paddle-226037 technical Specifications
Weight Average: 8.1 ounces
Weight Range: 8.0 - 8.3 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4 1/4" (Medium) Actual grip sizes may vary up to 1/8".
Grip Style: SofTac
Grip Manufacturer: HEAD
Grip Length: 5”
Paddle Length: 16”
Paddle Width: 7 7/8”
Paddle Face: Fiberglass
Core Material: Polymer Honeycomb
Edge Guard: ¼” overlapping paddle face
Manufacturer: HEAD
Made in China

Reviews (18)

  • Soft

    Nov 3, 2023

    Light weight. Very soft sound and soft surface. Not for hard hitting. Good for hard returns where paddle needs to absorb energy. But not for high energy hitting.***PBC Response*** Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We know that not every paddle will be right for every player which is why we offer our 30-day no questions asked test drive allowing you to send the paddle back within 30 days of arrival for any reason at all. Please reach out to our customer service team by phone or email for more information on the seamless process. - Anastasia, PBC Team


  • Pickleball Product Review

    Dec 2, 2021

    Dec 2, 2021

  • PB Paddle

    Jun 4, 2021

    I love it...great control...light weight.

    Susan Gallagher

  • Happy Camper

    May 11, 2021

    Great paddle for the price. The weight and grip are perfect. Feel like I can handle any shot with it.

    Garon Hart

  • Pickleball Product Review

    Dec 29, 2020

    nice paddle

    Tobin Grigsby

  • Ho-Hum Paddle

    Jun 10, 2020

    Plain Vanilla. No particular faults; just didn't help my game. ***PBC Reply*** Hi Fred - you're a long-time repeat customer who already knows about our 30-day Paddle Test Drive offer, and it appears you've already taken advantage of it on this order. Thanks for being a great customer, and we're happy to help you find the right paddle for you!

    Fred Krasner

  • Great control

    Feb 7, 2020

    I like this paddle for both its control, power, and spin ability. Unfortunately for me the grip size might be slightly too big but I highly recommend this paddle.

    Feb 7, 2020

  • Very Happy

    Jun 25, 2019

    Love this paddle. It has the touch, and still the power I was looking for. I bought it because the name "Head" is well known for quality sporting goods!

    "Bahama Buf"

  • Love my new paddle

    Jun 12, 2019

    I love this website - so very informative. After reading about the various paddles, I was still not certain that I had found the right paddle for me, but I felt pretty certain. Considering you may return the paddle w/n 30 days if purchased via Pickleball Central, I knew this is where I wanted to make my purchase. Turns out that I LOVE the new paddle and have kept it. Thanks for having such an informative site.

    Brenda Alvarado

  • Pickleball Product Review

    Feb 14, 2019

    New to this game but have played other racket sports. Becoming competitive pretty quickly with this paddle and do not think I'll need to move up any time soon.

    John Rauchenstein