Why is a delaminated pickleball paddle a problem?
A delaminated pickleball paddle is a problem because it results in an increased amount of power when striking the pickleball. Specifically, the space between the core and the separated outer layers creates a spring-like effect when hitting a pickleball. In other words, the outer layer acts like a trampoline for the pickleball.
What is a composite pickleball paddle?
The term “Composite Pickleball Paddle” is really a term to denote a paddle that has been constructed from a combination of materials, generally an open-celled honeycomb core covered with one or more face materials which are built up into a surface that is what actually comes in contact with the ball.
How many delaminated paddles are there?
Six of them have delaminated. Two are first gen and four are new (fixes for delamination). That is enough for me to say it is widespread and not fixed, at least for that brand. It’s an issue that’s been blown out of proportion. Affects a few percent of the new thermoformed paddles; just reach out to the company and they’ll send you a replacement.
Do pickleball paddles have grit?
A relatively new focus on pickleball paddles is the grit on the paddle surface, which can impart spin when striking the pickleball. Grit is all about the texture of the paddle surface and can be identified when using your fingers to touch the paddle surface.
What is a dead pickleball paddle?
A “dead” pickleball paddle is one that is not playing to its manufactured capabilities. A dead pickleball paddle can be caused by a break, crack, dent, worn down surface, or use (or overuse) for the lifespan of the paddle.
Are there fake pickleball paddles?
A good thing is that some pickleball paddles are manufactured in the United States, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be counterfeited. When I first discovered tennis counterfeits, company engineers bristled while telling me no one could make their racket to the same level of quality.
What is thermoforming in pickleball paddles?
Thermoforming is a welding & molding process that leads to a unibody solid piece of material. As a result, you couldn’t break this paddle if you tried. BnB injects foam into the outside of the paddle down through the bottom of the handle, which helps soften the paddle and reduce vibration.
What is delamination in pickleball?
Like any piece of sports equipment, pickleball paddles can suffer from wear and tear, with one of the more recent hot topics being the delamination of a pickleball paddle. Delamination occurs when the layers of material that make up a paddle begin to separate, compromising the paddle’s durability and performance.