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Adding Weight to Pickleball Paddles: Selkirk Labs Project 003

Enhance Your 003 Paddle Performance with Added Weight

Improve Power, Stability, and Sweet Spot Performance

The 003 by Selkirk Labs has earned its reputation as one of the best control paddles on the market, offering superb touch and feel. You can customize the performance of this already impressive paddle by adding weight for increased stability, power, and sweet spot performance. In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of adding weight to different areas of the paddle.

Adding Weight for Power

If you're a control-oriented player seeking additional power, consider adding tungsten tape or your preferred weighted tape to the top of the pickleball paddle, between the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions. This increases the swing weight, requiring more effort to swing the paddle but resulting in harder hits due to the increased mass behind the ball upon contact.

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Adding Weight for Control

For skilled players who already generate ample power and have chosen the 003 paddle for its control, touch, and feel, adding weight to the 9 and 3 o'clock positions, as well as the 4 and 6 o'clock positions, can further enhance control and stability. This improvement allows you to play with even greater precision and confidence. The primary benefit of adding weight in these areas is the prevention of paddle twisting in your hand when hitting the ball. The additional weight also increases the paddle's stability when hitting off-center shots closer to the edge, effectively enlarging the sweet spot and improving the paddle's feel.

Adding Weight for Power and Control

To optimize power and stability, we suggest adding weight to four specific positions: the 10 and 2 o'clock positions for increased power, and the 4 and 6 o'clock positions for enhanced stability. This balanced weight distribution reduces the jarring sensation of off-center shots and improves the overall feel and sweet spot of the paddle. 

Ultimately, adding weight is a personal choice. The 003 plays amazingly well without adding any weight at all, but you can also experiment with different weight locations to tailor the paddle's performance to your personal preferences.

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