Paddleball is a relatively new sport that has been around for less than a century. Although the history of pickleball isn't vast, plenty of time has passed for people to develop excellent equipment that can improve your comfort and game.
One of the paddles I have come across while playing is the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro. This paddle comes with a hefty name, so I was intrigued to see if it lived up to it. Here’s what I find out.
When it comes to the basic appearance of this paddle, the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro is definitely one of the most professional options I have seen. It is primarily black and has accents in a variety of colors, including blue, green, and red. The surface is made of textured graphite to offer better grip, flexibility, and maneuverability.
As I have said before in my reviews of other paddles, I favor graphite as a surface for paddles. I find it gives my hits a little extra pop and allows me to put more strength in each shot because of its lightweight nature and overall grip on the ball.
The handle is basically the same as that of a tennis racket, which means it is easy to hold while playing. However, there are multiple grips available, so you have some to choose from. At present, the current options upon purchase are:
- Thin 4 1/8 Inch Circumference High Tack Performance grip
- Standard 4 3/8 Inch Ultra Cushion High Tack Performance grip
Similar to most paddles, the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro only has textured graphite on one side. The face of the paddle is quite wide, which means you can be more flexible with your hits and try to generate spin on the court.
Specifications are important when trying to buy a paddle. If you don’t know its size, grip length, face width, and other essentials, then you never know if a paddle will be right for you.
Overall, the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro has full product dimensions of 16 x 8 x 1 in. and weighs around 8 oz. The handle is 5.5 in. in length, one of the longest I’ve seen. The face also has a width of 8 in. These dimensions mean a person of all shapes and sizes will be able to grip the paddle comfortably while still being able to manage trick shots and quick rebounds.
This paddle features a Tempest Smart Response Technology Core. The core improves the overall rigidity of the paddle, which allows you to put more force behind each swing. The graphite surface is still one of my favorites and remains a top feature. It covers the entire face of the paddle.
Pros and Cons
As with any product, there are a couple of pros and cons to the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro.
- Extra long handle
- Multiple grip options
- A wide paddle face
- The Tempest Smart Response Technology Core
- The overall expense of the paddle
- The stiffness of the top quarter
By top quarter, I mean the upper 25% of the paddle is much more rigid than normal. This does create some excellent speed return shots, but could be difficult for an amateur to handle.
After a careful review of its features, the Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro is one of my favorite paddles currently on the market. It combines characteristics I love, such as the graphite, with some new ones I did not realize I needed – the firm Tempest Smart Response Technology Core. Because of the expense, I would recommend this option to dedicated players instead of beginners.