Paddletek Tempest Pro Graphite Paddle

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.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.








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.






Mike Givens


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

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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