As a very large brand they are gaining market share with pickleball paddles. Consumers are keeping them on their short list regardless if they are interested in power or control.
Overview of Head Pickleball Paddles
Depending on the player's needs, there are Head pickleball paddles for power, control, and balance. They typically are mid or heavyweight paddles as their research indicates the majority of players play better with those weights.
The balance tends toward being a bit more head weighted. Depending on the series, the face might be a fiberglass hitting surface or a carbon graphite hitting surface.
Who should buy a Head Paddle?
There are a large number of available paddles in several series.
This is the more power series. Not really for beginners, this Head pickleball paddle has several models all of which emphasize increased power and a bit more weight in the head.
Mostly with a polypropylene honeycomb core, this paddle line also includes their new Ergo Grip with the standard grip size. The Head Radical is made for you if you have a power game.
If you have more of a control game, Extreme is your paddle. The Extreme Spin Texture imparts more of that rotation on the ball so valued by control players. Spin will help keep balls in play if you have the tendency of hitting the ball long.
The unique diamond shape creates opportunities to hit low balls with the textured surface. Their comfort grip with its softer feel will allow play for hours and hours.
These paddles try t0 get the best of all worlds with the added bonus of a larger sweet spot than most paddles. A large sweet spot is great for the player who hits off center shots or is developing their game.
Head limits paddle vibration in their construction further enhancing the effectiveness of the polymer core. A tennis player transitioning to pickleball will find this paddle a dream to use.
Generally the lightest paddle of the Head pickleball paddles, it is very maneuverable and great for the newer player who wants to get better fast.
In addition, the Jimmy Buffet image conjures up a certain atmosphere appealing to many.
Standard & Long
Diamond & Standard
Huge Sweet Spot
Graphite or Fiberglass
Fiberglass or Graphite
Professional player endorsements
Sarah Ansboury, 2019 Mixed Doubles US Open Champion, endorses Head. She is consistently near the top of the rankings for Women’s Doubles and Women’s Mixed.
What is a good pickleball paddle for a beginner?
While Head is a relatively recent entrant into the pickleball paddle business, the Extreme is getting rave reviews as having breakthrough technology for a reasonable price.
What are the prices for Head Paddles?
Depending on the specific model, prices range from under $90 to over $140. In particular, prices can vary for models with a fiberglass face (composite), vs. one with carbon graphite.
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