Recently, our club was contacted by Pickleball Central to do a review of a newly released paddle, the WhipperSnapper KLX-P. Catchy name! I can remember my grandfather calling me a "whipper snapper" as a young child! Sweet memories...now to the paddle reviews. Scott Hickman, Bob Harper, Krissy Thompson and myself all used the paddle over a period of several days. Following are our comments on the WhipperSnapper KLX-P!
Thanks to Pickleball Central for providing our club with the latest Whippersnapper paddle to review. I played with the Whipper Snapper KLX-P for 4 hours and was pleasantly surprised. I am currently a "C" player and working hard to take my game to the next level. I was skeptical when first trying the Whipper Snapper because of the weight. I currently play with a 7.0 oz paddle. I am female and of smaller stature, so I thought I needed a lighter paddle for control. I was very surprised the heavier Whippersnapper took my game to a whole new level of control without arm fatigue. With the paddle I currently use I often lose my grip during my play but not the case with the slightly larger, 7 ½ in, and the unique shape of the Whippersnapper’s grip.
I loved playing with the Whippersnapper KLXP so much, it's now on the top of my wish list.
Thanks again Pickleball Central for providing me an opportunity to try the latest Whippersnapper.
I was excited to be one of the first to try out the new WhipperSnapper KLX-P paddle. When I looked at the 9.3 oz weight of the paddle I immediately thought “oh, this is far too heavy for me” as my current paddle is just over 6 oz. However, the very first game I played with the WhipperSnapper KLX-P I felt I had more control over my shots. I also did not feel any arm fatigue with the heavier paddle. The paddle is very quiet which is great for those communities with noise requirements in place. The grip was a little large for my hand and I would either need to custom order a smaller grip, or perhaps with more play time, I would become accustomed to the larger grip size. Overall, I think this is a great paddle if you need more control in your game!
Thanks to Pickleball Central for the opportunity to demo the WhipperSnapper KLX-P Pickleball paddle today. The very attractive graphite/Kevlar face provides excellent pop and power, while at the same time the polymer core allows very good control. So, I would say it’s both a “power” paddle and a “control/touch” paddle. At approximately 9.3 ounces, it’s very good for people who prefer a heavy paddle. I prefer the larger sweet spot of a more standard shaped (more square) paddle in comparison to the “teardrop” shape of this one. I would give this paddle a rating of four stars.
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(Scott Hickman review to follow)