Paddletek Bantam EX-L Pickleball Paddle

The Bantam EX-L Composite Pickleball Paddle by Paddletek is one of our most popular paddles. This paddle has a specialized, polymer core which was specifically made for pickleball playing. This core was designed to provide greater power, more placement control and hits that are strong yet quieter than Nomex core paddles. Paddletek created the Bantam to be a winner at a lighter weight. The abstract, geometric vinyl decal is laid on top of the high tech fiberglass face. Inside, the strong polymer core provides a sturdy basis for lots of pickleball play.

The Paddletek Bantam EX-L Composite Pickleball Paddle is a very popular paddle that offers a great balance of power and control thanks to it’s middle-of-the-road weight. It has a durable polymer core that absorbs vibration and plays quiet for those who live in noise restricted communities. A velvet finish to the face helps adds spin to the ball and the handle is wrapped with a very comfortable Gamma Ultra Cushion Contour grip.

The Bantam EX-L paddle is in the sweet zone for many players, weighing 7.7 to 8.4 ounces. At this weight, players still have natural power from the paddle but can also impart spin and control. The 7-7/8” wide face provides a good amount of room on the face, while the 5 1/8” long handle is long enough for reach but not overly-extended. This paddle measures 15-5/8” from the top of the paddle to the bottom. The small-sized grip is padded, keeping a player’s comfort in mind.

Features of Paddletek Bantam EX-L Pickleball Paddle

  • Extra-large playing surface with balanced weight distribution
  • More power for put away shots
  • Advanced ProPolyCore2™ with vibration dampening technology
  • Lifetime Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty
  • Engineered for play in noise restricted communities
  • Velvet textured poly surface for excellent spin control
  • Ultra Cushion Textured grip
  • Meets all USAPA Tournament guidelines
  • Weight: 7.8 to 8.3oz
  • Length 15.75”: Width 7.875”: Handle: 4.5”
  • Grip Circumference: 4.25”
  • Made in the USA

Editors Final Thoughts:

The Paddletek Bantam EX-L Composite Pickleball Paddle is a very popular paddle that offers a great balance of power and control thanks to it’s middle-of-the-road weight. It has a durable polymer core that absorbs vibration and plays quiet for those who live in noise restricted communities. A velvet finish to the face helps adds spin to the ball and the handle is wrapped with a very comfortable Gamma Ultra Cushion Contour grip.








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How do i choose a Best Pickleball Paddles? Ultimate Buyer Guide

We have several models. so, which one to choose? your choice depends on your hand size and swing motion.

  • Hand size?()

If you have a large hand size try the models with the smaller face but longer handle. the pro-lite power and classic paddles will accomodate a larger hand.

  • Swing Motion?()

Swing motion is the distance that the paddle travels by moving your arm back and raising your paddle and then swinging your arm back and then swinging down through ball contact and then back up on your follow-through.
if you have a long swing motion, then try the lightweight pro-lite blaster, magnum and/or classic, or the champion. if you have a short swing motion try the pro-lite power paddle. it is a little heavier and is design for the player who “punches” the ball. you still may want to use the lighter weight paddles, especially with indoor play.

  • How Long Should Pickleball Paddles Last?

Nobody in tennis expects their racquet to last forever. At the very least, they expect to replace their strings regularly. The same is true for other racquet sports. When squash and racquetball players hit walls or floors, they expect their racquets to suffer some damage. Even table tennis players expect to replace the rubbers on their paddles from time to time.

In pickleball, however, there seems to be a common misconception that paddles should last forever. “I paid $100 dollars for this paddle,” runs a common complaint. “I would expect it to last a few years.” The truth is that no paddle manufacturer offers a warranty on their product because no reasonable person should expect a pickleball paddle to last more than six to nine months.

Whether it is made of graphite or fibreglass, steadily pounding it with a flying plastic projectile for an hour once or twice a week begins to take a physical toll on any paddle almost immediately. Add to that the occasional scrape on the ground, smack on the fence and/clash with other paddles and you begin to see why nobody should expect pickleball paddles to last forever.

Players who want to their paddles to last longer should do their part by taking care of them. Rather than tossing them in their bag where they can be damaged by rolling around with other items, pickleball paddles should be put away in their cases. They should also be stored in a separate compartment, away from water bottles, shoes and balls.
Of the three major types of pickleball paddles on the market today, only wood can be considere to be truly durable. Wooden paddles do not have edgeguards; they do not have paint or lacquer to chip.

All other paddles, whether they are made of graphite or fibreglass will begin to break down the moment you start using them. The more they are used, the faster they will break down.In short, nobody should expect pickleball paddles to last forever. Manufacturers certainly don’t. If they did, they would offer warranties.

1G, 2G or 3G? What’s Best for Me?

First, second and third generation pickleball paddles all have their pros and cons. Deciding which of these basic paddle types is best for you will depend on what you need and what you like.

First generation (1G) pickleball paddles are made of wood. They have been made that way since people start playing the game back in 1964. In fact, we are told that there are players in the Seattle area who still have 1G paddles that were made in that era.

Wood, of course, is highly durable. Unlike 2G paddles, there are no edge guards to come loose. Unfortunately, wood is also rather heavy. So it is not uncommon for a small wooden pickleball paddle to weigh more than a full-sized adult tennis racquet.

The extraordinary durability of 1G pickleball paddles makes them perfect for group use in schools, community centres and clubs. It doesn’t seem to matter how poorly they are treated, they stand up well and continue perform as they should.

2G Best for Me?

The durability of 2G paddles, meanwhile, does not compare to wood. The most common problem with these paddles is what is know in the industry as “premature edgeguard departure”. In other words, the plastic edgeguard that runs around the entire perimeter of the paddle breaks free and begins to flap around.

The other problem with 2G pickleball paddles appears when moisture (usually from rain or a leaking water bottle) sneaks in behind the edgeguard and saturates the core of the paddle. When the core is made of cardboard, this causes swelling and distortion. In a short time the layers begin to break down and the paddle quickly becomes useless.

In spite of these minor flaws, though, players have been using 2G paddles for pickleball since this style of paddle was first manufacture in the 1980s. The fact that they are lighter than wood and come in a variety of attractive colours and designs only adds to their popularity.

3G Best for Me?

3G pickleball paddles are relatively new on the market. The first of their kind was introduce in 2009. They are modern-looking paddles made of non-absorbent materials like fibreglass or graphite and filled with non-absorbent foam. As a result, water damage issues are not even a consideration for most 3G pickleball paddles.

Preferred by advance players who dislike the edge guards on 2G pickleball paddles, 3G paddles have their own issues that consumers need to be aware of. The biggest issue is chipping along the edges. Since 3G paddles lack the prominent edge guards of the previous generation of pickleball paddles, the paint and lacquer along the edges is subject to chipping. In general, this affects only the appearance of the paddle and does not interfere with performance.

The other major issue with 3G paddles is the gradual breakdown of the dry foam core at the centre of the paddles. Like loose grommets on tennis racquets, these small pieces of foam can begin rattling around inside of the paddle and can become a bit of a distraction. Once again, however, this issue may be a nuisance but rarely does it change the performance of the paddle during play.

Look around at your club and any busy day and you will probably see all three types of paddles in use. Each has advantages and disadvantages that have to be considere, pros and cons that have to be weighed.

Over the past five years, 1G paddles have been the cheapest while 3G paddles have cost the most. This is expect to change drastically over the next 12 months as new releases by big names such as Manta, Wilson and Head drive prices down on 3G paddles.

Are 2G Paddles Becoming Extinct?

We are all familiar with basic design of pickeball paddles manufacture in US garages and workshops over the past 20 years. Made of graphite or fibreglass facings layer over plastic, composite or cardboard cores, all 2G paddles feature a variation on the silicone edgeguard that runs along the entire edge of the paddles in the image to the right.

The colours of the edgeguards and the shapes of the paddle heads vary from company to company, but the basic design of 2G paddles has remain the same for more than 20 years. And as the designs have remain the same, so have the basic flaws of these designs. Eventually, the glue holding the edgeguard in place on 2G paddles gives way and the egdeguard begins to separate. It can happen in as little as two days. It can take as long as a year. Eventually, however, the edgeguard will break free and the layers of the paddle will begin to separate.

In 2009, Surrey-base inventor Frank Wu challenge the pickleball establishment with a new paddle he called APIKE. Unlike the old 2G padddles, Wu’s new 3G design feature a fibreglass paddle head that was fully sealed around a foam core. It was the first truly edgeless pickleball paddle on the North American market. Immediately popular, Wu’s Chinese-made paddle was clearly a threat to the US-base pickleball paddle industry and was promptly banned by the USA Pickleball Association. It didn’t matter though. The fate of 2G paddles was sealed.

In three short years, the molds that were use in China to make the revolutionary APIKE were passed from factory to factory. In a country where patents laws are neither respected nor enforced, it was inevitable. Wu’s original design became the foundation for a whole new generation of pickleball paddles carrying the brands of some of the biggest names in the business.

New Pickleball Paddles Scheduled

In 2019, all of the new pickleball paddles scheduled to be manufacture in China will follow Frank Wu’s edgeless design. Manta’s SNOWBIRD PRO and Manta’s LIBERTY will be first into the market. Wilson will follow with a US release mid-year and Head will enter the market in time for Christmas.

The retail cost of all of these Chinese-made 3G paddles ($70-90) will be instantly attractive to consumers and extremely difficult for US-base manufacturers to compete with. Some will go out of business almost immediately. Others will hang on stubbornly for a few more years. In the end, though, paddles featuring silicone edge guards will look more and more like CRT monitors and payphones. And the people holding them will seem a little old fashioned and slightly out of touch.

Beware of “Free Delivery”

US-base distributors. All too often, the promise of free delivery can turn into an experience that is very far from free in the end.

Amongst the most common complaints are surprise, hidden charges when items arrive on Canadian doorsteps. Typically these are a combination of duties, taxes and brokerage fees impose at the border by customs agents. Unfortunately, when added on to the cost of an item, these can quickly raise prices well beyond what would have been paid had the item been order in Canada,

The other major problem with crossborder pickleball purchases is the high cost of managing exchanges when mistakes are made.Whether the mistake is made by the person ordering or the person shipping the product, shipping products and exchanges back and forth across an international boundary can be extraordinarily expensive. It can also take weeks to complete a transaction that might be been complete in a few days.

Our best advice is for Canadians to shop locally. Look for Canadian businesses that are affiliate with the Better Business Bureau or other known consumer protection agencies. By doing so you can be certain that your product will not be crossing international boundaries and picking up hidden charges along the way. You can also be certain that such companies have reasonable return policies that are clearly stated on their websites.