One of the great things about pickleball is that the gear manufacturers are very generous with their demo programs.

Recently, there’s been much chatter about the ProKennex Ovation Speed. So, I asked Prokennex to give us one for our paddle library and they came through!

Here’s a little bit about the paddle:

The Kinetic Ovation Speed is a unique paddle with excellent vibration-dampening properties, responsiveness and touch. The Ovation’s oval shape and edge-less style prevent mis-hits while greatly widening the sweet spot. Thanks to special tungsten-filled chambers, this paddle absorbs energy to prevent shock from affecting its handler. This means you can make play for longer periods of time without worrying about tenderness from “pickleball elbow.” 

The Kinetic Ovation Speed has a proprietary 7-layered face which offers a “spin-grab” feature so balls are more easily curved across the court. The paddle has a 7.7 – 8.0 oz weight range and its handle measures 4-7/8″ with a small grip. Its design has a colored background with two stripes of white running vertically on the left side of the face. Near the top is a circular white emblem with the ProKennex logo in the center.

The Kinetic Ovation Speed is a pro quality paddle the eliminates concerns about shaky handling and fatigue, allowing players to focus on high level strategy.
Technical Specs
Weight Range: 7.7-8.0 ounces
Grip Circumference: 4” (Small)
Grip Style: High Tack Thin Grip
Grip Manufacturer: ProKennex
Grip Length: 4 7/8″
Paddle Length: 15 3/8”
Paddle Width: 7 5/8″
Paddle Face: carbon/fiberglass hybrid w/Spin-Grab
Core Material: PK Opti-Cell Core matrix
Edgeguard: Edgeless
Manufacturer: ProKennex
Designed in San Diego, CA
Made in China

So, if you’re interested in trying this paddle out, I’ll be bring it to future sessions. Just ask me (Pickleball Jay). I’d be glad to let you play a few games with it.
This particular paddle has a weight of 8oz which puts it into the mid-weight category. Note, that if you’re looking for a bit more “power” in your stroke, going to a paddle with more weight helps with that (amongst other things.)

The paddle retails for $159.99.

Many thanks to the Prokennex folks for providing this demo paddle!