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POP Brian Jensen AXLHC Pickleball Paddle (Blue)

The Performance One Paddle (POP) Aluminum XL Pickleball paddle is a longer version of the AMHC (Aluminum Max). Brian Jensen Designs provides a sleek handcrafted paddle with a Nomex honeycomb core, solid color anodized aluminum skin on the XL paddle, sporting an integrated - flat edge, and a KARAKAL PU Super Grip. A little over an inch has been taken out of the width and added to the length, giving you a longer reach and more control at your feet, and giving you more area for spinning the ball.

About Performance One Paddles / Brian Jensen Designs
Each Performance One Paddle "POP" is a built exclusive for Pickleball, individually handcrafted by Brian Jensen. All POP paddles offer a low profile edge guard, which maximizes the hitting surface of the paddle. No more stray balls from hitting the ball near the paddles edge. "POP" pickleball paddle provides maximum POP, while still offering the player complete control of the ball during all levels of play. If you're looking for a paddle with an integrated edge and control, these are the paddles for you! Meets USAPA Paddle Standards.

KARAKAL PU Super Grip
Introduced over 21 years ago, with an improved PU surface the KARAKAL PU Super Grip remains the No.1 PU Grip for all racquet sport players. Adding 'Nano' sized particles at a molecular level has greatly improved durability, gripping power and comfort.

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Product Info

Model
AXLHC
Made in
Retail Price
$ 110.00

Paddle Technical Specs

Average Weight
9.25 ounces
Width
6.63 inches
Length
17.25 inches
Core Construction
Face Construction
Face Thickness
3/8"
Grip Manufacturer
Grip Length
5 inches
Grip Circumference
4.25 inches
Deflection Test (6.6 lb)
Deflection Test (11 lb)
Decibel Rating
Design Style

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I'm really enjoying this paddle. I'm new to pickleball but have played racquet sports most of my life (tennis, racquetball, badminton, squash, etc.). I chose the POP XL because the extended length feels more "natural" and I didn't notice the narrower width. I'm a bigger guy so while this paddle is heavier than most it's very balanced and I like the control compared to when I play with my wife's lighter paddle (the POP Graphite Magnum).

My only issue is the price. Definitely not cheap. But this is only one of two extended paddles that I found and the other was similar in price. But I definitely noticed a difference in my play/performance when switching to this paddle so I'm enjoying it.
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Reviewed by Kyle January 23, 2014
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Excellent paddle, well-designed

I'm really enjoying this paddle. I'm new to pickleball but have played racquet sports most of my life (tennis, racquetball, badminton, squash, etc.). I chose the POP XL because the extended length feels more "natural" and I didn't notice the narrower width. I'm a bigger guy so while this paddle is heavier than most it's very balanced and I like the control compared to when I play with my wife's lighter paddle (the POP Graphite Magnum).

My only issue is the price. Definitely not cheap. But this is only one of two extended paddles that I found and the other was similar in price. But I definitely noticed a difference in my play/performance when switching to this paddle so I'm enjoying it.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Great design, well-made, solid feel
Cons
Expensive
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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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