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The R1 Pickleball Paddle was the original design from PicklePaddle, and offers a longer grip and a standard size paddle face. The R1 is constructed with a high density polymer core, composite aluminum face, and a printed vinyl graphic. A unique and durable pickleball paddle, with a face thickness of only 3/16", and protective tape edge to keep the weight down.

The handle profile is medium and wrapped with the Gamma Pro Lite grip.

PicklePaddle Standard Features
All PicklePaddles are handcrafted in the US and feature a high density polymer core and a composite aluminum surface.

About PicklePaddle
Founded in 2011 by Steven Garver, PicklePaddles was started to offer Pickleball players a reliable, custom paddle at an affordable price.

Unlimited design options, full color printing on vinyl. See the detailed specifications and paddle reviews below.

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Retail Price
$ 39.00

Paddle Technical Specs

Average Weight
8 ounces
7.5 inches
16 inches
Core Construction
Face Construction
Face Thickness
Edge Style
Grip Manufacturer
Grip Style
Grip Length
5.5 inches
Grip Circumference
4.25 inches
Deflection Test (6.6 lb)
Deflection Test (11 lb)
Decibel Rating
Design Style

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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.


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. 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).