GRUVN's RAW-16RX (round eXtended shape) is a high-quality, mid-weight elongated pickleball paddle featuring a premium T700 raw carbon fiber surface with an oval shape. It is approved by USA Pickleball (USAPA) for tournament play.Raw carbon fiber paddles provide a grainy textured surface that allows for a lot of spin and enhances control. The combination of this paddle’s raw surface and the thick 16mm core results in a strong, stable paddle with consistent and accurate shots and more control.
The long paddle length of 16.5” extends players’ reach and the long 6” handle length allows for powerful two-handed backhands. The slightly smaller surface width of 7.375” gives players an aerodynamic feel and great hand speed, and the weight of ~7.9 ounces provides stability and balance for all aspects of the game, including plays at the net and returning hard shots.
It has a large sweet spot due to the oval shape and the ball does not die out of center, making defense way easier. It feels very solid and has great balance and is head-light, with very precise control: It is very good for resets, and the throw angle is lower like with thinner paddles.
The RAW-16RX has a 16mm thick polypropylene honeycomb core designed to evenly react to the force of impact and provide precision control, while also absorbing vibration and noise. Many facilities and clubs ban loud paddles that include other core materials, so the RAW-16RX is perfect for people who play in residential communities and in clubs and facilities that require quieter paddles. Polypropylene is the most popular core among pickleball players.
The 3D perforated cushion grip is made of double-layer two-color hand grips. The inner layer is made of sweat-absorbing sponge and the outer layer is made of PU material and uses big air hole design. The grip is very comfortable and the anti-slip and sweat-absorbing effect is of the highest quality.
This paddle has a black edge guard and also comes with a zippered neoprene cover with the GRÜVN logo to protect the pickleball paddle when not in play ($15 value!).
What is the difference between the RAW-16X ,RAW-16H, RAW-16RX and RAW-16E elongated paddles? These paddles all have an overall paddle length of 16.5" and a width of 7.375", but the differences are the handle length and face length, and the RAW-16RX has an oval shape compared to the rectangular shape of the others. The shorter the handle length, the longer the face. The RAW-16RX has the longest handle at 6", and the RAW-16H has a slightly shorter handle length at 5.875". The RAW-16E has the shortest handle length at 4.75", and the RAW-16X is in the middle with a handle length of 5.5". The RAW-16E has more control, the RAW-16H has more power, and the RAW-16X is in between. The RAW-16H and RAW-16RX also has a slightly thicker handle because of their length. For players with small hands this may not be a good fit, although the RAW-13H paddle has a slightly thinner grip size than the RAW-16H (13mm core paddles have more power and a bit less control).
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SPECS Paddle Length: 16.5”/ 419.1mm Face Width: 7.375”/ 187.3mm Handle Length: 6”/ 15.24cm Grip Size Circumference: 4.5”/11.43cm Grip: 3D Perforated Cushion Grip Weight: Average weight of 7.9 oz (+ or - 0.25 oz)/0.49-0.51 lbs/221-230g Face/Paddle Surface: T700 Raw Carbon Fiber Paddle Shape: Elongated Core Material:Polypropylene Honeycomb Core Thickness:16mm/0.63” Honeycomb Cell Size:8mm/0.3” Edge Guard: White
USAPA approved for sanctioned tournament play
WARRANTY • GRUVN pickleball paddles are guaranteed to be free of manufacturing defects for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase. If found to be defective, a repair or replacement will be issued. • This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, damages caused by abuse or negligence, user modification, fading or scratched surfaces. • The GRUVN Product warranty also does not transfer in the situation that a GRUVN Product transfers ownership. This applies to 3rd party resellers like eBay. • Other restrictions may apply, warranty policy can be found HERE