GRUVN's RAW-16X (eXtended shape) is a high-quality, mid-weight pickleball paddle featuring a premium T700 raw carbon fiber surface and an elongated shape that is pending approval 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 5.5” 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.
The RAW-16X 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-16X 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 white 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, 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. The shorter the handle length, the longer the face. The RAW-16H has the longest 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 touch, the RAW-16H has more power, and the RAW-16X is in between. The RAW-16H also has a slightly thicker handle because of its 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).
(Different computer monitors and mobile phones display colors differently, so the color of your paddle may vary slightly from the representation on your screen)
SPECS Paddle Length:16.5”/ 419.1mm Face Width:7.375”/ 187.3mm Handle Length:5.5”/ 14cm Grip Size Circumference:4.375”/11.1cm 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:Yes
Pending USAPA approval for sanctioned tournament play