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Wilson Champ Pickleball Paddle (front)
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Wilson Pickleball Paddles

The Wilson Champ pickleball paddle is one of 3 new designs from Wilson Sporting Goods Co, to be released in May of 2013. The Wilson Champ has a graphite rimless technology which is lightweight and has optimum maneuverability. The Power Comb Core design softens hits, and the Wilson Perforated White grip helps absorb sweat.

Wilson Paddle Standard Features

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About Wilson
Headquartered in Chicago, in the United States, Wilson employs over 1,600 people globally. Our dedicated sales network serves customers in over 100 countries. As the originator of breakthrough technologies, Wilson has produced legendary classics and earned world-wide legitimacy in each sport it participates in. Backed by generations of athletes, Wilson is the true American icon in the world of sports equipment.

Colors vary, see the detailed specifications and paddle reviews below.

Product Info

Brand
Model
Champ
Retail Price
$ 80.00

Paddle Technical Specs

Average Weight
6.4 ounces
Face Construction
Grip Manufacturer
Deflection Test (6.6 lb)
Deflection Test (11 lb)
Decibel Rating
Design Style

User reviews

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Overall rating 
 
3.0
Construction 
 
3.5  (2)
Performance 
 
3.0  (2)
Price 
 
2.5  (2)
I am a retired tennis player and took up pickleball a year ago. Wilson has a great reputation in the tennis industry and I was excited to try their pickleball paddle. I purchased online, sight unseen, and played with it for about a week before deciding it was a step down from my Z5 graphite paddle. The Wilson paddle makes a loud crack every time you hit it, almost to the point that you think it has broken, snapped, or cracked. It is very light and easy to hold, but you have to swing harder to get any power on the ball. I no longer use this and keep it as a backup. In the future I will stick to a more sturdy medium weight paddle, made in the USA. Any why any manufacturer would use a white grip is beyond me, after a couple of uses it starts to look really grungy.
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Construction 
 
3.0
Performance 
 
2.0
Price 
 
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Reviewed by Mary December 04, 2013
Last updated: January 03, 2014
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Gave up

I am a retired tennis player and took up pickleball a year ago. Wilson has a great reputation in the tennis industry and I was excited to try their pickleball paddle. I purchased online, sight unseen, and played with it for about a week before deciding it was a step down from my Z5 graphite paddle. The Wilson paddle makes a loud crack every time you hit it, almost to the point that you think it has broken, snapped, or cracked. It is very light and easy to hold, but you have to swing harder to get any power on the ball. I no longer use this and keep it as a backup. In the future I will stick to a more sturdy medium weight paddle, made in the USA. Any why any manufacturer would use a white grip is beyond me, after a couple of uses it starts to look really grungy.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Weight and graphics
Cons
Construction feels flimsy, very loud, no power, white grip
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I have several paddles of different origin. Recently on the trip to Arizona I purchased the Wilson Champ.
I was very happy to see a big name like Wilson to get involved in the equipment for Pickleball. However after playing a few games I have discovered that the paddle has no power and no stability most likely due to not having enough weight.
I let other people to try it and their opinion was alike. On top of that, after playing for a month or so I found out that the paddle developed a soft spot where the "sweet spot" should be. It looks like integrity of the inside core is disturbed.
I am not sure if this is due to the design itself or the material used for it. Also there is a very weak spot where the handle meets the paddle. I've had a few paddles break in this spot.
I was able to save them by adding 1/16 aluminum plate on both side of the paddle and extending it to the wider part of the paddle and securing it with epoxy. After wrapping a handle with over grip it hardly noticeable. I was able to save three paddles this way and since than never had any problem with any of them.
I am not sure how they vary with aspect of providing power and control. Lighter paddles could have appeal to some, but they are wobbly if you hit the ball a little bit of the "sweet spot". I consider 8.0-8.5 oz. paddle to be light.
My preference is a 9-10oz paddle.
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Construction 
 
4.0
Performance 
 
4.0
Price 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Jerzy Siegenfeld May 27, 2013
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Wilson Champ Review

I have several paddles of different origin. Recently on the trip to Arizona I purchased the Wilson Champ.
I was very happy to see a big name like Wilson to get involved in the equipment for Pickleball. However after playing a few games I have discovered that the paddle has no power and no stability most likely due to not having enough weight.
I let other people to try it and their opinion was alike. On top of that, after playing for a month or so I found out that the paddle developed a soft spot where the "sweet spot" should be. It looks like integrity of the inside core is disturbed.
I am not sure if this is due to the design itself or the material used for it. Also there is a very weak spot where the handle meets the paddle. I've had a few paddles break in this spot.
I was able to save them by adding 1/16 aluminum plate on both side of the paddle and extending it to the wider part of the paddle and securing it with epoxy. After wrapping a handle with over grip it hardly noticeable. I was able to save three paddles this way and since than never had any problem with any of them.
I am not sure how they vary with aspect of providing power and control. Lighter paddles could have appeal to some, but they are wobbly if you hit the ball a little bit of the "sweet spot". I consider 8.0-8.5 oz. paddle to be light.
My preference is a 9-10oz paddle.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Nice visual design
Cons
Not enough weight, provides no power or stability
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Deflection Rating

DeflectionTraditionally, paddles have been made from relatively rigid, non-compressible material. That is the traditional concept of a paddle and that is why the game is not played with a stringed racquet. Paddles that produce a trampoline effect or an effect similar to a stringed racquet are specifically disallowed.

The following test is one measure of rigidity and compressibility of the paddle. See paragraph 2.E of the Official Rules for additional specifications.

Deflection Test for Rigidity and Compressibility

The test stand is used to measure deflection of the paddle surface when a known weight is applied. The paddle is supported on blocks five inches in length, separated by 5.5 inches measured at the interior surfaces. A dial indicator measures the deflection in thousandths of an inch.

The photo shows a paddle mounted on the test stand. A known downward weight is applied to the center of the paddle with a one-half inch steel rod.

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Decibel Rating

The popularity of Pickleball has been increasing at a rapid rate, and players are looking for new places to play in their local parks and recreation centers. Unfortunately outdoor play is not accepted by all, and courts close to residential neighborhoods have been areas of concern due to the "pop" sounds that many Pickleball paddles make when coming into contact with the wiffle ball.

PickleBall.net has conducted a Decibel Test on all of the Pickleball paddles we list, allowing us to show consumers which pickleball paddles produce the least amount of noise.

Decibel Test for Pickleball Paddle Noise

Each Pickleball paddle is tested outdoors in the same environment, with a decibel meter placed 15 feet away from the paddle. An outdoor Dura Fast 40 pickleball is used, and hit against each paddle 10 times replicating Pickleball play.

The number listed is the maximum dB rating recorded during the 10 hits. (lower dB rating = less noise)

This test was conducted in May 2013, on 47 paddles that were purchased from the distributors. Decibel ratings ranged from 79 dB (quietest) to 93 dB (loudest).

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