Origins of the Modern Paddle

How did the pickleball paddle evolve from wood to the lighter paddle most people use today? It all started with a competitive pickleball player who was tired of losing! As part of Pickleball History month, Pickleball Channel takes a look at the very first light-weight paddle made out of composite material. Hear from Arlen Paranto and his son, pickleball champion Steve Paranto, as they tell the story of how they started making pickleball paddles in 1984 in their garage from leftover scrap material! Learn how these new paddles gave players an advantage and ultimately changed the sport into what we play today.

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2 Comments

  1. Joe St. Charles says:

    Awesome documentary about a family that changed the sport with their inventiveness and made Pickleball a sport kids and seniors too.

  2. Robert Duffy says:

    My daughter recently (July 2015} got me a new Z5 wide body pickleball paddle for my birthday. The paddle is great but the paddle faces (back and front ) have a texture feel like that of a very fine sandpaper. I have been told by some players that this surface is illegal and would not be allowed in sanction tournaments. I called the manufacturer (Onixsports) and spoke to Steve Wong. He assured me that the paddle is legal and he has been playing with that type of paddle in tournaments. All the Z5 paddles that are used by the people I play with have a glass-like finish on the face. I have yet to come across a Z5 paddle with a texture face surface like mine. Because of this unique feature of my Z5 paddle I am still concern that I may be breaking the rules( rough versus smooth face surface). Appreciate any comments in this regard.

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