Don't just take our word for it--listen to what other players are saying:
About the Rogue2/Rogue2E/Rogue2Q/Rogue2MAX:
"I recently made a leap in my Pickleball level, which means playing people hitting harder and faster and better! I’ve been using a [competitor paddle] but playing against a lot of power players I didn’t feel completely confident. And I found it a little hard to maneuver at the net. I also use a [competitor paddle], a paddle with a longer handle than most. So I knew what I was looking for in a new paddle, what I wanted the grip to feel like, handle length, power and touch. I decided to try the Rogue2 because a coach I respect uses it and thinks highly of it, as well as the ethics of the company who makes it. Having designed and manufactured myself, it was easy to see these guys had the know how and passion to create a better paddle. I like this paddle more each day I use it. It is so well balanced, it improves all my shots and the level of my play. My shots are more crisp and paced; it is very responsive and plenty powerful, but I have lots of control. Really it nailed all the things I wanted to change and put them in one stellar paddle. It does a great job with vibration dampening which is really important to me. I am not sure there is a thing I would change. The paddle is just so well balanced. My coach tried it and liked the feel a lot. It is different in a good way."
"I'm in LOVE with this paddle! At first I was concerned about the Rogue2 Hybrid's smallish paddle face, but fears immediately disappeared once I found that practically entire face IS the sweet spot! Unbelievable stability & rock-solid consistent contact. Nearly zero mis-hits in first 3 hours of play! LOTS of power, but without that ball jumping off paddle feel with "power paddles" (or say a [competitor paddle].) My serves and volleys have significantly more ZIP than my go-to paddle of 2020-2021 ([competitor paddle]) Yet also with more consistency! Power & control are supposed to be mutually exclusive in Pball paddles. No more. And it helps that the Rogue2 face has an excellent texture for spin. My top spin dropped harder than ever before (including a year with [competitor paddle] & a dalliance with the sandpaper surface [competitor paddle]...) My serve simply has never been better. Multiple aces on Day 1! While Rogue2 just a tad less touch IMHO than my [competitor paddle], this is more than made up for with the incredible sweet spot and mass-loaded GelCore tech that nearly negates mis-hits! It’s true, off-axis hits don’t twist the paddle in your hand like other paddles, resulting in hits down into net or worse, dreaded lifts... Plus a wonky paddle angle ruins any hope of a decent defensive return shot in a firefight. Initially Rogue2 feels a bit heavy relative to other paddles that carry bulk of weight in the handle; but after just a few games, the Rogue2 feels like a perfectly balanced weapon in your hands. I'm sure anyone who applies lead tape to the edges of their paddles (to compensate for their inherently poor weight distribution) will love the feel of the Rogue2 right out of the box. I also love the small 4-3/16 & tennis racquet-like hexagon shaped grip. This enables quick angle adjustments, while readily communicating to the brain where exactly your paddle is facing -- yet another boost to shot consistency. I worried the smaller (than [competitor paddle] & [competitor paddle]) surface area would hurt my blocking at kitchen, but all the above combines to noticeably IMPROVE my blocking consistency, especially with placing even snap reaction block shots where I intended. Even with a wicked case of plantar fasciitis, I had perhaps my best day of Pickleball right out of the gate with the Rogue2! I’m a still spry 52-year-old former JV tennis player and 4-year Pball vet with a 4.0 level repertoire of shots, but has been mired at 3.5 due to inconsistency -- thanks to adult-onset ADD and a terrible habit of not watching the ball to the paddle. Thus I'm notorious for a phenomenal shot immediately followed by a real stinker, and vice-versa. Yet with the Rogue2, nearly every single stroke had that glorious well-hit ball feeling that you get only at the dead-center of a sweet spot! And I’m simply not THAT good. I would get this feeling perhaps half of time with the [competitor paddle]; less with previous paddles. I can finally smell 4.0! I may never use another paddle! Well, at least until the Rogue3... Bravo Players Pickleball. I had been slightly skeptical, but your tech is legit!"
- Jeff Helmes, Garnet Valley PA
- Ron Elbe, author of "PICKLEBALL POINTERS and PICKLEBALL POINTERS VOLUME 2", Iowa
As of today I love this paddle and it is less than 8 ozs and I am less than 78 years young. Glad I got it."
I have to say, I am super impressed with the whole Players team. USPS was not tracking my package correctly, but Josh at Players kept on eye on the status of my package to ensure that it got to me. It is not very common that an (co)owner of a company will email you directly about your purchase. Stellar team, awesome paddles, great service. The Rogue 2 will not be my last paddle purchase from Players."
About the Gel-Core Rogue SI and Rogue RSI:
"Played with the paddles tonight. I. Am. Impressed!
Let my [competitor paddle] loving friend play with one and he loved it too.
Soft, but still enough mass to club the indoor ball around. It’s immediately in the small categories of paddles that I’d play with. My buddy asked me on a scale of 1-10 where I’d rate your paddles. I said 8. For [the price], it’s easily the best value in pickleball now. I used to point folks to the [competitor paddle] .... but I like yours better. Has finishing touches that paddles at $150 don’t."
- Brandon Swanson, Paddle Geek
"The Players Pickleball Rogue SI Gel-Core brings something unique to the marketplace. I haven’t played with another paddle like it. I’m surprised at how it absorbs so much shock. It’s also an extremely great value. It’s Pickleball Librarian approved!"
- Andrew Evans, The Pickleball Librarian
"I was very impressed by this new entry into the market. It's nice to see a good quality paddle for a nice reasonable price. It's a really nice all-around paddle. A good amount of power, a good amount of touch and feel. Really no negatives. This one really surprised me. I'm glad I took the time to check it out. I definitely recommend it."
- Jack Bandel, Pickleball Paddle Reviews
"As an ambassador, I’ve had access to numerous paddles. Tried most all of them and felt that nothing could match a [competitor paddle] or [competitor paddle]. Well, I was wrong. I played with the new Rogue gel core last night and all the other manufacturers have just met their match. The touch, feel, pop and grip were all there. It almost felt effortless, which for me is a good thing. And the price..........all for $79. What a deal for greatness. I just ordered #2!"
- Nancy Skinner, USAPA Ambassador, Kirkwood, MO
"The paddle I ordered arrived yesterday and I played 6 games with it this morning. I LOVE this paddle! It has perfect balance for me, great touch for dinking and soft shots, enough weight for power serves and, the gel core is fantastic at dampening fast shots in a block (there was zero vibration up my arm)."
"I Purchased my paddle at the Players tent during a tournament this winter in surprise, Arizona. It had been recommended to me by the owner of Pickleball Rocks. He had purchased one and thought that I would really like it. He was right. I am not a tournament player but I like to be very competitive yet enjoy playing with people of all skill levels. This paddle allows me power but it also gives me control and the soft I need for finesse and drops. I let a few players try out my Rogue today at the Courtyard Tennis Center (West Chester, OH) where we regularly play pickleball during the winter. They were sold and will be ordering theirs right away. If you haven’t given it a try, I recommend you do! The price isn’t bad either!"
- Molly Wray, Lebanon, OH
"The Gel Core approach to "feel" and damping may be right on the money. This paddle is supremely solid feeling, with nary a hot spot or dead zone in sight. NOW...a little bit of "bottom line" talk. This paddle is only SEVENTY bucks!!! HALF the price of many others I own! This paddle has all the attributes I would expect...good edge guard, solid handle, legit butt cap, nice graphics and the playing characteristics I mentioned above...for SEVENTY bucks!!! This is a heck of a value!"
- Rick Norris, South Carolina
"Received my Woodgrain Special Edition Rogue SI just before my first tournament of the year and it propelled me to my first ever pickleball Gold medal in 3.0 Men's Doubles in Trussville, Alabama! Soft feel combined with amazing pop. Lots of folks asking about it as most have not seen it here in central Alabama. Absolutely love the grip size, shape and the Winn feel. Another tournament coming up in Nashville next month. My Rogue SI will be ready! Y'all try it!"
Stan Brown, Alabaster, Alabama
"Your paddle is dope. If Consumer Reports rated paddles, Players Pickleball would be up there close to the top mostly because of bang for the buck. It's almost as if the paddle takes care of my third shot drop on its own. For the price, it's amazing and other players here are getting tired of paying over $100 for certain paddles that can't make it past a couple of years."
- Jeff Doyle, Surprise, Arizona
"I have tried several of the big-name paddle brands but the Players paddle felt the best to me. It has "pop" when you need to slam it and is soft when you are in a dinking battle. The biggest plus for me is that the Gel Core absorbs a lot of the shock especially against bangers. I loaned my paddle to an ambassador of another paddle brand, who played with it all night and was shocked at how great a paddle it was, especially for the price."
- Brandt, Overland Park, KS
I am loving the paddle. I am making shots that I struggled with using my [competitor paddle]. Don't let the price fool you...you won't be disappointed!
"Tried the paddle and it was perfect for me, it plays like a [competitor paddle] but with a bigger sweet spot and a softer touch, backhand slices and control are awesome, one of the best paddles I have ever had my hands on.
Who am I to make this testimonial?
I have tried a lot of paddles from the unbelievable $189 paddle to the cheap Amazon paddles, and everything in between.
The Pros? Of course they will only talk about the paddle they are endorsing, they are paid to do that. I use my own money to buy the paddles and try them, they either get re-sold, traded or kept in a bag as back ups or for friends to use.
Everyone is talking about the thicker core as the new way to go, this innovation crushes that concept!
This company will make a big impact in the pickleball world.
Just try the paddle. You will love this paddle."
- Joseph, Concord, CA
"I have been using the RSI for about a week now and I am truly impressed. It has helped with my “out” balls. And now they have come out with the “Barnwood “ version. When they get the Barnwood paddle in an extended paddle, I will own a second paddle from Players Pickleball"
- Kenny Long, Sun City AZ
"Love this paddle, good power and great control. Best all around paddle I have!!!"
- Bob, Bakersfield, California
"To be totally honest, I didn't expect a paddle that only cost $70.00 to perform anywhere near as well as the paddles I own that were twice that much. These days there are numerous gimmicks and false claims about so many products, including pickleball paddles, one has to be leery. Today, I played six games with my new Gel-core Rogue SI. I could tell, even during my warm up, that this was an exception. The paddle performed exceptionally well in every area of the game. The bottom line is you should try one of the Players paddles while the prices are so reasonable. As many have said in other testimonials, you won't find a better performing paddle for this price."
- Brad, Salem, Oregon
"Have been using your paddle for 2 weeks. It has excellent control and plays with a fast response to shots. I have been playing for 10 years and it's the easiest transitional paddle I have ever tried. I highly recommend this paddle for new players as well as veterans."
- Mark Stemerman, The Villages Fl
At this year's 2019 Southwest Regionals, the one paddle that stood out to me the most was the RogueSI. I was impressed by the sophisticated design and selection of bold colors. I tested the quad style and immediately liked how well balanced the paddle felt and more importantly the stability of its strike against the ball. This paddle is exactly in my price range. Lastly, I love the story behind the paddle and let's not forget the cool squirrel mascot. You too can "Be the Squirrel" so check it out.
- Tammy Wright, Youngtown, AZ
Played with my new Rogue SI for the first time today. It is Awesome! Grip is perfect for my hand. The control is amazing. I just love it. Thank you so much.
I am a 4.5 player who has been playing for 3 years. I am an engineer, and a gadget guy. I have purchased around 10 paddles from 5 companies, looking for the one that feels best and gives me an edge. I think I found it here! I was drawn in by the gel-core technology, and the weight distribution to provide larger sweet spot. Price didn't hurt either. First time I played with it, I loved it. Had plenty of pop, but was quieter than any other paddle I have. Loved the weighting, and even in first few games, where I expected the "touch" shots to go awry as I get familiar with a new paddle, things went great. Several of my playing friends noticed the extra speed on put-away shots, and the quiet sound. I would recommend this paddle for sure!
My Rogue SI arrived this morning as I was leaving to play in a round robin. First time use and I won all 6 of my games. It provide my control and enhance my shot placement. I love the feel of the handle and solid ball contact. I have 2 top rated paddles in my bag. One is in 2 weeks old, but the Rogue is now my go to paddle.
- Tom, Casa Grande, AZ
This paddle is great. The touch and feel are incredible. The "bite" of the surface when it meets the ball has improved my shot accuracy greatly. Players is really on to something. I have been playing for two plus years and am a 3.5 player on a good day. This is my third paddle and it leaves the previous two in the dust. A great paddle at a great price. And, yes, the fit and finish is top notch. (Did I mention I really love it?)
- Bob Trombley, Cincinnati, Ohio
UNBELIEVABLE! I just finished playing for the first time with my Rogue SI and five wins- one loss says it all. This paddle is ridiculous. It is as though it can read my mind. I decided where I wanted the ball to go and it went there. The only times that it didn't was when it was clearly my fault due to a jokingly poor hit. But give it a decent hit and it does exactly what you want. The control is terrific. And power, O.M.G, tons of power and speed.
I have just ordered 3 more paddles, one each for my wife, sister and brother-in-law. After all, they introduced me to the game.
Thank you for making me a much better better player then I was yesterday.
By the way, I don't write testimonials, I am not an ambassador or paid spokesperson. I am just a low intermediate playing at the local YMCA, but you wouldn't have known it by watching me today.
Used my gorgeous rainbow hued extended ESL paddle for the first time yesterday and I’m in love. It’s light, the grip is comfortable and the ball seemed to pop of the paddle face with a little more oomph. The sweet spot seems bigger as well. I have a Selkirk blade style paddle as well, and this Rogue seems a bit livelier. Can’t wait to take it for another spin soon.
- Darlene, Oakland, CA
"Got my beta paddle today. WOOOOOW!!!!! This company is going to take over Pickleball. "
"I am very excited for this paddle to make it to the market. I have longed for a personalized solution that allows you to customize and make a paddle unique and different. You are on to something here. And, the paddle feels like a quality paddle. The fit and finish was nice for a beta paddle."
"Loved this paddle. So easy to play with, although it plays differently from my current paddle, I totally enjoyed it. I really like being able to design my own paddle, it will make it easy to spot in a line of paddles since it will be one of a kind."
"I put away all my other paddles, this is the only paddle I will ever use again."
- Stefan, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada