Niupipo Explorer Pro Paddle Review
By: Jack Foster, Niupipo Athlete
As someone who frequents between 20-30 pickleball events per year, one question that I’m frequently asked by pickleball fans and other professional players is “Why Niupipo? Why the Explorer Pro?” As a paddle enthusiast who also appreciates making the sport accessible to the masses, the answer is that Niupipo has been incredibly supportive throughout my time in pro pickleball, but also manufactures high-quality equipment at an affordable price point. As you can imagine, a paddle that retails between $40-70 sticks out like a sore thumb among other professionals who are utilizing $200-$300+ equipment. People tend to associate low cost with low quality, and I can’t fault them for doing so. However, after competing in over fifty tournaments over the past 2+ years with the Explorer Pro in my hand, I can say that this association couldn’t be further from the truth. The Explorer Pro packs a powerful punch combined with an extraordinary touch that doesn’t play similarly to any other paddle near its price range. I’ve been very fortunate to come out on top against several top ten players with the Explorer Pro in my hand and can say with certainty that I have never felt overwhelmed by other paddle technology compared to the Explorer Pro.
Here's more: I don’t weight my paddle, add grit, or make any modifications whatsoever. The Explorer Pro I compete with is the exact same as the one you’ll receive out of the box. If the Explorer Pro is good enough for me, it’s good enough for you, too. Here is my review of the Explorer Pro, highlighting some of my favorite features of the paddle: