Which paddles do the world’s best pickleball players use? We wanted to find out, so we’ve tracked down the paddles currently used by the top 100 male and female players, ranked by DUPR score, to get an insight into which brands and models are the most popular with players at the highest level.

    Below you’ll find the results in a filterable table, always kept up-to-date, followed by insights that the data reveals. Let’s dig in.

    Paddles Used By Top 100 Pickleball Players (Updated: 12/29/23)

    Brand Logo Rank Image wdt_ID Paddle Tracker Brand Paddle Last Seen With Gender
    https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Path-360.svg 1 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/paddletek-alw-2024.png 135 (#1) Anna Leigh Waters Paddletek Paddletek – Bantam ALW-C – Anna Leigh Waters F
    1 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/joola-perseus.png 136 (#1) Ben Johns Joola Joola – Perseus – Ben Johns M
    2 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Adidas-ADIPOWER-ATTK-2-1.png 137 (#2) Jw Johnson Franklin Franklin – F
    2 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/invikta-PARENTEAU_01-2024.png 138 (#2) Catherine Parenteau Selkirk Selkirk – Vanguard Power Air Invikta – Catherine Parenteau M
    3 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Anna-Bright-Scorpeus-2024.png 139 (#3) Anna Bright Joola Joola – Scorpeus – Anna Bright F
    3 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Anna-Bright-Scorpeus-2024.png 140 (#3) Federico Staksrud Joola Joola – Scorpeus – Anna Bright M
    4 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/proton-series-1-A.png 141 (#4) Andrei Daescu Proton Proton – Series 1 M
    4 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/selkirk-slk-halo.png 142 (#4) Jackie Kawamoto Selkirk Selkirk – SLK Halo F
    5 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/joola-perseus.png 143 (#5) Etta Wright Joola Joola – Perseus – Ben Johns F
    5 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/vanguard-power-air-invikta-1.png 144 (#5) James Ignatowich Selkirk Selkirk – Vanguard Power Air Invikta M
    6 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/diadem-18k-2024.png 145 (#6) Christian Alshon Diadem Diadem – Edge 18K M
    6 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/crbn-power-series-2024.png 146 (#6) Vivienne David CRBN CRBN – Power Series F
    7 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/takeya-titan-elite.png 147 (#7) Riley Newman Takeya Takeya – Titan Elite F
    7 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/vanguard-power-air-invikta-1.png 148 (#7) Jade Kawamoto Selkirk Selkirk – Vanguard Power Air Invikta M
    8 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/selkirk-labs-project-002.png 149 (#8) Dylan Frazier Selkirk Selkirk – Selkirk Labs Project 002 M
    8 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/selkirk-slk-halo.png 150 (#8) Parris Todd Selkirk Selkirk – SLK Halo F
    9 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/generic-paddle.png 151 (#9) Tina Pisnik M
    9 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pursuit-mx-pro-6-2024.png 152 (#9) Dekel Bar Engage Engage – Pursuit Pro MX F
    10 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/onix-evoke-premier-pro.png 153 (#10) Callie Smith Onix Onix – Evoke Premier Pro F
    10 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/crbn-power-series-thomas-2024.png 154 (#10) Thomas Wilson CRBN CRBN – Power Series – Thomas Wilson M
    11 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/gamma-obsidian.png 155 (#11) Megan Fudge Gamma Gamma – Obsidian F
    11 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pursuit-mx-pro-6-2024.png 156 (#11) Travis Rettenmaier Engage Engage – Pursuit Pro MX M
    12 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/vantage-pro-pikkl.png 157 (#12) Hurricane Tyra Black Pikkl Pikkl – Vantage Pro M
    12 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/ProXR-Zane-Navratil-Signature.png 158 (#12) Carson Klinger ProXR ProXR – Zane Navratil Signature F
    13 https://www.novolleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/onix-evoke-premier-pro.png 159 (#13) Lucy Kovalova Onix Onix – Evoke Premier Pro F
    Paddle Tracker Brand Paddle

    Most popular brands

    Nearly 30 paddle brands are represented amongst the top top 100 player. Selkirk tops the list, with nearly 20% of players opting to use one of the brand’s models.

    Here are the top five at the moment:

    1. Selkirk: 19 players (19.8% share)
    2. Joola: 16 players (17% share)
    3. Engage: 9 players (9% share)
    4. ProXR: 5 players (5% share)
    5. Franklin/CRBN (tie): 4 players (4% share)

    Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that pro players can be swayed to use brands they may not have picked otherwise when you factor in sponsorships and endorsement deals.

    Established brands with big marketing budgets often entice big players to use their paddles exclusively and even produce signature paddles with input from the players themselves.

    So brand affiliations are sometimes more a reflection of business relationships than a testament to the equipment’s quality or performance suitability for recreational players.

    Paddle model preferences

    In terms of the most popular specific paddle models, Joola and Selkirk go toe to toe, with nine of the top 100 using the Ben Johns Perseus and another nine preferring the Vanguard Power Air Invikta.

    Most popular models:

    • Ben Johns Perseus (Joola): 9 players
    • Vanguard Power Air Invikta (Selkirk): 9 players
    • Pursuit Pro (CRBN): 7 players
    • Selkirk Labs Project 002 (Selkirk): 6 players

    The Pursuit Pro models by Engage are next up in popularity, along with the Selkirk Labs Project 002 offering.

    After that come the CRBN Power Series paddles, along with the Joola Anna Bright Scorpeus and the Zane Navratil Signature ProXR paddle, each preferred by four players in the list.

    Signature models

    Recreational and serious players often look to top pros in deciding which paddles to buy. After all, if it’s good enough for Tyson McGuffin or Anna Bright, it should be good enough for the rest of us, right?

    With that in mind, companies that have spent big bucks in sponsoring premier players often take advantage of their popularity by creating signature paddles based on the star player’s desired specs.

    In the top 100 list we see several players using their own signature paddles, and even fellow top players using those paddles as well.

    More than a dozen players on the list have their own signature paddles, but only a handful are used by other top 100 players. The data breaks down like this:

    • Ben Johns’ Perseus (Joola): 9 players
    • Zane Navratil’s Signature (ProXR): 4 players
    • Anna Bright’s Scorpeus (Joola): 4 players
    • Julian Arnold’s Mach 1 (Volair): 3 players

    Wrapping up

    Hopefully, this data has shed a little light on which brands are trusted and respected by the best. Just keep in mind that the most popular brands know how to play the game and make significant investments into grabbing market share via exclusivity contracts with players.

    What’s more, non-pros and recreational players may be interested not be interested in the same factors that draw pros, like paddles with flashy designs, or unique shapes, for example.

    So if you’re looking to purchase your own paddle, take this info into account, but remember to consider your own personal playing style and specific needs when selecting your own paddle.


    Bill is a veteran sports industry writer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of NoVolleys, where he aims to give pickleball the serious and dedicated-news platform the game deserves. He is originally from Atlanta but currently resides in Costa Rica, where he works on perfecting his dinks daily.