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Paddletek Power Play Ultra Pickleball Paddle

Onix Sports

The Paddletek Power Play Ultra Pickleball Paddle is produced with a composite polymer honeycomb core with fiberglass facings, and a highly dense laminate face. The Power Play Ultra has the same top as the Phoenix, but the bottom is rounded for a more uniform ball return, weight reduction and head weight. Shifting the center of gravity further from the handle creates more power, specifically with wrist shots.

Paddletek Ultra Series
The playing surface on the Ultra Series paddles is a highly dense laminate applied to the composite core. This dense over laminate gives the paddle more power and more pop (pop = bounce) without sacrificing control at the net.

The extra pop added to the Ultra paddle is not the trampoline effect pop of most paddles. The pop comes from the energy of the ball being transferred back to ball as it strikes something dense. This is why balls bounced off concrete will typically bounce higher than balls bounced off dirt. By increasing the pop of the paddle without increasing the "trampoline effect", players can enjoy the advantages of increased pop and control at the net.

The highly dense laminate also adds weight and power. Power = weight x velocity (paddle speed). Players who enjoy a heavier paddle will love the Ultra Series. Currently Ultra Series paddles come in only one color: Black.

About Paddletek
Paddletek Paddles are designed and manufactured to provide consistent, premium performance over an extended period of time. All paddles come with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and a unique five (5) year “no dead spot” guarantee. The construction of the paddle provides a larger, more consistent sweet spot with just the right amount of “pop” while not sacrificing control. The solid construction and materials help reduce vibrations and increase the paddles durability. Paddletek was the first major pickleball paddle manufacturer to produce a polymer (plastic) honeycomb core.

The Paddletek Ultra series was replaced by the Ultra II series in December of 2013, but they no longer produce the Power Play in the Ultra II.

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Product Info

Discontinued - Product No Longer Produced
Model
Power Play Ultra
Manufacturer
Made in
Retail Price
$ 95.00

Paddle Technical Specs

Average Weight
9.7 ounces
Width
7.88 inches
Length
15.75 inches
Core Construction
Face Construction
Face Thickness
5/8"
Grip Manufacturer
Grip Length
4.5 inches
Grip Circumference
4.38 inches
Decibel Rating
Design Style

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I love this paddle! I'm lucky as I get to demo paddles before I buy them, and this paddletek is super quiet. It's almost like your opponent doesn't know you've hit the ball. Stealth-like! The Phoenix is a little heavy for me, so I tried the sweet spot and the power play, this was the one for me. The edge guard is thin and the laminate holds up well. I've played outside quite a bit and still hardly any wear on the laminate. Wish it was cheaper, but am happy with my purchase nonetheless.
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Reviewed by Gorgeous George June 10, 2013
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Love it!

I love this paddle! I'm lucky as I get to demo paddles before I buy them, and this paddletek is super quiet. It's almost like your opponent doesn't know you've hit the ball. Stealth-like! The Phoenix is a little heavy for me, so I tried the sweet spot and the power play, this was the one for me. The edge guard is thin and the laminate holds up well. I've played outside quite a bit and still hardly any wear on the laminate. Wish it was cheaper, but am happy with my purchase nonetheless.

Pros & Cons

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Power, control, quiet
Cons
Price
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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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