Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core
Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core
Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core
Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core

Players Pickleball

Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core

Buy Direct Price: Sale price$109.99 (MSRP:) Regular price$224.99
Grip Option:Brown
Pickup available at Ferndale (1901 Baltic Way #108) Usually ready in 24 hours

Rogue2MAX Carbon (Maximum Face) Gel-Core


Ferndale (1901 Baltic Way #108)

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

1901 Baltic Way
Ferndale WA 98248
United States


The award-winning Rogue2 has gone carbon fiber! The Rogue2 Carbon features the same Second Generation Gel-Core technology and vibration-damping carbon fiber throat reinforcement as the Rogue2, but with increased rigidity and a signature look from its textured 3K twill carbon fiber face.

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For those looking to maximize their paddle hitting surface, the Rogue2MAX Carbon is the answer! With its shorter handle, it's ideal for those who keep a finger on the paddle face, or aren't concerned about two-handed backhands and would rather get the most paddle surface possible.

The understated graphics allow the 3K twill carbon fiber weave to be the center of attention, while the in-molded texturing lets you easily apply spin to the ball and won't quickly wear off like sprayed-on textures.

The overall stiffness of the paddle is significantly increased thanks to the woven carbon fiber face material, improving predictability on off-center hits, and creating more consistent ball response across the entire paddle face. In spite of the increased rigidity, the paddle still retains a soft feel and control due to our proprietary Gel-Core technology.

Please note that due to the nature of carbon fiber weaves, some minor variations in the weave & sheen are normal, do not affect performance in any way, and are not considered a defect.

Gel-Core Second Generation Pickleball Paddle

The Second Generation Gel-Core improves the paddle in several measurable ways:

  • Larger Sweet Spot
  • Greater Paddle Stability on Ball Impact
  • Reduced Vibrations Transmitted to the Player's Hand
  • Softer Ball Impact Sound

We took the blueprint for the first generation Gel-Core, which was already a proven performer, and refined it further, giving it much increased durability along with improved vibration absorbing characteristics. If you aren't already familiar with the Gel-Core advantage, read all about Gel-Core, its benefits, and the test results.

Rogue2 Carbon Gel-Core Cutaway View

Woven Carbon Fiber Surface Means Significantly Reduced Flex

We believe that consistency across the paddle face is the key to optimizing control, accuracy, and overall paddle performance. With the Rogue2 Carbon line, the 3K twill carbon fiber weave offers increased stiffness over paddles with traditional fiberglass faces. In a direct comparison between a fiberglass-skinned paddle and the Rogue2 Carbon, we've measured a 40% decrease in overall flex. During play, this gives a more consistent ball reaction across the entire paddle face, meaning you can better anticipate and predict where the ball will go even on the inevitable off-center hits. In addition to this improved flexibility, the major increase in rigidity also offers plenty of power when needed!

Rogue2 Carbon Flex Data

Exclusive Vibration-Damping Carbon Fiber Throat Reinforcement

Rogue2Carbon Throat Reinforcement

Unique to Players Pickleball paddles is the Rogue2's vibration damping carbon fiber throat reinforcement. This cutting edge innovation accomplishes two major performance improving enhancements:

  • Strengthening of the critical paddle face/handle junction - This is an inherent weak spot in almost all paddle designs as the thin handle portion of the paddle must manage all of the stress of countless ball impacts while remaining lightweight and small enough to accommodate the hands of all players, big and small. The addition of 6 total layers of carbon fiber at this critical junction on each side adds overall rigidity to the paddle while virtually eliminating handle breakages!
  • Vibration damping - The carbon fiber reinforcement is designed with a unique rubber-like material that is fused into the composite during layup. This material drastically improves the normally high frequency characteristics of carbon fiber and transforms it into a vibration absorbing component, isolating your hand from the impact of the ball on the paddle face. The graph below shows the drastic reduction in vibration by the Rogue2's unique throat reinforcement.
    Carbon Fiber Vibration Damping vs. Standard

TMD - Targeted Mass Distribution

The Rogue line of paddles features "Targeted Mass Distribution". This means we can control where the paddle's mass is concentrated by moving it toward the edges of the paddle. We accomplish this through the locations of our Gel-Core infusion.

USA Pickleball Approved

USA Pickleball ApprovedThis paddle passes the USA Pickleball specification tests and is approved for use in USA Pickleball sanctioned play.

Technical Specs


8.2oz (±0.2oz) 
Overall Length 16-1/4"
Overall Width 7-5/8"
Grip Circumference 4-3/16"
Grip Length


Core Thickness

1/2" (nominal)

Honeycomb Material 2nd Generation Gel-Core, Elastomer-Infused Polypropylene
Paddle Skin Carbon Fiber 3K twill weave with in-molded texture
Country of Origin

Made in the USA


USA Pickleball Approved

Return Policy

Limited 30-Day (read details)

30-Day Return Policy

If you're completely unsatisfied with your paddle within the first 30 days, you can return it. Read the complete details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Robert Murray
Pickleball player

This paddle is awesome!

Steve Cook
Great paddle

Huge sweet spot if you don’t need a longer handle


My favorite paddle! Love that it is American made! Love the hand grip and the sweet spot! The best!!

Love it!

Full disclosure this was my first upgraded racket from cheap online ones but having played with it the past 2 years I'm hard pressed to find anything I like more (and I've tried a number of the high priced selkirk, gearbox, etc.) I'm a lifelong tennis and ping pong player so the short handle with more paddle surface feels right. It also seems like a nice balance of control, spin and power plus really like the elongated shape for my game. I keep trying other rackets as hard to imagine I found the right one at first go but lo and behold it remains the winner.


Excellent fit and finish, true to description, plays well, feels great!

I am very pleased with my purchase and hope that this Players Rogue2Max Carbon Gel Core Paddle will stand the test of time. I only get to play once a week, and that is only for a couple hours at a time, and though I have only had the opportunity to use it once so far, I am impressed with technology that went into crafting this amazing product.

Way to go, Players! Keep up the good work! You have made a believer of me, and earned my loyalty through this confidence inspiring work-of-art. If this thing holds-up the way I expect it to, I will definitely be buying more of your Pickleball Paddles in the future.