PADDLE REVIEW

VULCAN V550

HYBRID PADDLE

by Gary Danilson / Oct 8, 2019

Thanks to Pickleball Central's paddle review program our club is getting the first look at Vulcan's new V550 paddle.  The Vulcan company has been popular in the tennis world for 25 years and is now entering the pickleball market.  Some things to know about the V550:

  • It's an elongated paddle but it's polypropylene core and carbon fiber face will give you the power you need without wearing out your arm.  This is a midweight paddle that averages 7.9 oz.

  • This paddle is 16 3/4" long and has a 4.5" long handle.  It comes with a 4 1/2  high-tack texture grip that has a very comfortable feel.

  • The face of this paddle is 7" wide and has a sweet spot that's positioned a little higher on the paddle.  So you'll still feel the power in this paddle when you have to reach for the ball.

Local Stanwood player Mike Givens had a chance to put the V550 through it's paces.  Mike is a 4.2 rated player who recently won 2 golds in the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament and qualified for Nationals next year.  He is also a certified professional pickleball instructor.  Mike said he won't be changing from his Engage brand paddle but enjoyed playing with the Vulcan.  He thought it was well balanced for a longer paddle and liked the textured grip.  He especially liked the control he had in his dinking game with this paddle.  "Plenty of power too" he remarked.

Other comments from local players who gave this paddle a try:

  • "great for overhead power and control"

  • "solid, yet soft sound when striking the ball"

  • "very well balanced"

  • "I rate this paddle as excellent.  May be a future purchase for me."

  • "great looking paddle"

Mike Givens

I played with this paddle several times and honestly the more I played with it the more I liked it.  At first I kept thinking about this "long paddle" in my hand.  But after a few games I quit thinking about it and just played my game.  I was surprised at several shots I made that usually would have been out of my reach.  I'll probably keep playing with my Tempest Pro but it might be interesting to have this paddle in my bag for a change up.  If singles ever becomes my game I'm sure I'll look at this style of paddle and would definitely consider purchasing the Vulcan V550.

Thanks again to Pickleball Central for sending us this paddle to review.  Find out more about this paddle at their website here and remember their "30 Day 100% Happy" return policy.  Remember to use the code CRMountVernon to receive a 5% discount on any purchase.

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PADDLE REVIEW

PADDLETEK TEMPEST PRO GRAPHITE PADDLE

"The Tempest Pro has a great touch at the kitchen line"

Barb McGrady

USAPA

Ambassador

by Gary Danilson / Feb 18, 2019

Paddletek's newest entry to the paddle market has a lot of things going for it.  This paddle hasn't been out long and there aren't a lot of reviews available but thanks to Pickleball Central's paddle review program some of our club members have been able to give it a try.  I'll give you my opinions after I share some facts about this new paddle: 

  • It's an improved version of the popular Tempest Wave.  It has a redesigned graphite polymer core with vibration dampening technology.  It has the same responsive touch as the Wave but with more power.

  • This is a lighter midweight paddle available from 7.5-8 oz. and available in either a small (4 1/8") or large (4 3/8") handle circumference.  At 8" wide and almost 16" long it has a large and forgiving sweet spot.

  • The handle is a long 5 1/4" which gives it a comfortable feel for players with a tennis background. This longer handle also allows you to adjust your grip for either more reach or control.

  • The Tempest Pro has been engineered for significantly quieter play in noise restricted communities.  Even when banging a winner it's still one of the quietest paddles on the court.

I really enjoyed playing with the Tempest Pro.  That surprised me a little since it's a lot different from my Engage Poach Advantage paddle which is a bit top-heavy and makes a pretty loud pop when hitting for power.  But I felt like I could play all day with the lighter Tempest Pro and still put the ball away when needed.

I liked the responsive touch and that it was easy to soften up shots at the kitchen line.  One player from Anacortes ran his hand over the paddle's surface and noted that it had about as much texture as he had ever felt on a paddle.  Club member Karl Micka-Foos noticed this same thing.  I think players who use a lot of spin in their game will really enjoy this paddle.

Overall I feel the Tempest Pro is a paddle that plays great from the baseline and anywhere in between.  Players at any skill level will enjoy this paddle.  Thanks again to Pickleball Central for sending us the Tempest Pro to review.  Find out more about this paddle at their website here and remember their "30 Day 100% Happy" return policy.  Remember to use the code CRMountVernon to receive a 5% discount on any purchase.

"Great for someone who likes a light paddle but doesn't want to sacrifice surface area or power.  Noticeably lighter than my usual paddle but I still felt myself able to hit the ball hard and control it as well."     MVPB Club member Karl Micka-Foos.  Karl is pictured here with a potential future mixed doubles partner.

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