Here’s a list of local pickleball players and pros who you can reach out to if you would like to try their paddle. Most have demo paddles or spare paddles available and will be happy to help.
? Diadem Pickleball – Tanner Blaske
? Electrum Pickleball – Matt Nola, Patrick Smith
? Engage Pickleball – Michael Cheung
? Gamma Pickleball – Robert Mansfield
? Gearbox Pickleball – Stacy Wessley, Kat Tomlin, Cody Courter, Kyle VonAhn
? HEAD Penn Pickleball – David and Lori Belew, Will Williams
? JOOLA USA – Michael Harris
? Onix Pickleball – Lucy Kovalova, KaSandra Marie Gehrke
? Paddletek – Jason Doll
? Precise Power – Noi Sourinthone
? PROKENNEX – David New
? Vulcan Pickleball – Jay Devilliers, Joe Witte
Additionally, these pickleball companies have great demo paddle programs:
- Diadem Demo Paddles – Demo up to 2 paddles for 10 days. Demos are only available within the contiguous United States. Cost is $20. Demo customers receive $25 credit towards their first paddle or paddle package purchase. If demo paddles are not returned, your credit card will be charged the full retail price of the paddles.
- Gearbox Demo Program – Select up to 4 paddles to try for 7 days and return them using the pre-paid UPS shipping label provided. The program is available within the continental United States and the cost is $20. The fee covers shipping the demo paddles to you and shipping them back to Gearbox. NOTE: If demos are not returned to Gearbox within 5 days of the due date, the full retail price of all un-returned paddles will be automatically charged to your credit card. Also note, the Gearbox warranty program does not cover demo paddles.
- Pickleball Galaxy – Select 2 paddles to try for 7 days. Paddles arrive within 2 days. Return using the pre-paid FedEx return shipping tag. Cost is $30, but you get a $5 OFF loyalty code towards the purchase of a paddle within 30 days of your return date.
- Pickleball Superstore – Demo paddles are available to try for 7 days. Cost is $25 to $45 (depends on the number of paddles selected). Return the paddles using the pre-paid Canada Post shipping label provided. There is a $2 per day fee per paddle if demo paddles are returned late. If the store is unable to reach you regarding returning the demos, your credit card will be charged for the full retail price of the demo paddles.
- Tennis Point – Demo up to 3 paddles for $30. Program is available within the continental United States. Try the paddles for 7 days and return them using the pre-paid UPS label provided. You can also drop off the return package at any UPS store or alternate drop off location. This program includes a $25 rebate that can be applied to your first new paddle purchase.
- TMPR Demo Program – Try up to 7 TMPR paddles for 2 weeks (starts from date that you receive the demos). Select the demo package and weight range option you prefer (substitutions may be made as long as quantity of paddles is the same). In the notes section at checkout, you can request customization of your selections. They can include one paddle with a custom handle (larger and/or smaller). Program is available within the US only. Cost is $20. Contact TMPR directly to demo paddles in Canada. At the end of the demo period, you’ll receive a $20 discount code to use on a paddle purchase placed within 30 days of returning the demos.
- Total Pickleball – Select up to 3 paddles. Paddles arrive in about 2 days. Try the paddles for a week while you decide. Return the paddles using their pre-paid shipping label. Demo program limited to the contiguous United States. Cost is $15 to $25 depending on location.
- Vulcan Pickleball – Choose a demo pack (either the V500 or V700 series). Each demo pack includes all of the paddles in that series. Try the paddles for 10 days. Cost is $30 and covers shipping to you and back to Vulcan using the pre-paid FedEx shipping label. There is a late fee of $5 per day if the demo paddles are returned late. If the demo paddles are not returned, your credit card will be charged for the full price of the series ($610 for the V500 series, $600 for the V700 series).
Please leave a comment if I missed a local rep, ambassador, or sponsored athlete off the list and I will be sure to add them. Also, if you know of a great demo paddle program that is not already listed here, please share it with us.