The Cheetah® Predion E16 pickleball paddle compares well to several popular, elongated pickleball paddles (See tables below).
Summary of Differentiating Factors
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Franklin Ben Johns
- The Cheetah® Predion is identical to the Franklin Ben Johns paddle, except the Predion has a carbon fiber facing (instead of fiberglass), giving you better control.
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Selkirk Vanguard Invikta
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Selkirk Vanguard Mach 6
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Paddletek Tempest Reign
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Engage Pursuit MX
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Electrum Model E
- The Cheetah® Predion has a longer grip and is less expensive.
- Cheetah® Predion E16 Versus Diadem Warrior
One of the most differentiating features of the Predion is its grip circumference. The grip is the only connection you have with your paddle. Being able to comfortably hold the paddle in your hand is vital to your performance. And we know that a lot of players are using paddles with grips that are too small for their hands. (See: Your Grip Circumference May Be Too Small)
If your grip circumference is too small, you have to grip it hard to keep it from twisting in your hand when you hit a ball.
The grip circumference of the Predion is a whopping 4.5″, making it the perfect grip size for people with medium-large to large hands. It allows you to grip the paddle softly, like you’re supposed to, and minimizes a lot of unforced errors.
A suitable grip can also help prevent lateral epicondylitis (tennis or pickleball elbow), which can be aggravated by the activation of your forearm muscles when you grip your paddle too hard.