In my two years of playing pickleball, I don’t think there has been a hotter more talked-about paddle than the Legacy Pro. This once under-the-radar company has become so popular you can hear it discussed on every pickleball podcast and you can see Reddit posts every day asking when their paddle will be delivered or celebrating its arrival.
Luckily, I didn’t have to go through the backorders as I jumped on the Legacy Pro train early, so I am bringing you a review from using the Legacy Pro for the past three months in rec games, tournaments, and drilling.
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Legacy Pro Specs
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|16mm, Compressed 8mm cells to combat vibrations and help increase dwell time.
|Octagonal Handle grip circumference:
|8.0-8.4 (8.5-8.7 available upon special request)
|Toray T-700 Raw Carbon Fiber
|6 months-manufacturer defects
Legacy Pro Paddle Review
Do you love power? Do you want more power than what your old raggedy paddle is giving you? You are looking at the right paddle then. The Legacy Pro has the most power of any paddle that I have ever used.
I know you are thinking well how many paddles have you ever used? Quite a bit, I would peg the number over 100 for sure. You will not have any trouble putting highballs away. Originally I named the Hyperion CFS 16 the king of power, but the Legacy Pro scoots by as my #1 choice.
Your drives will be explosive, and your serves will be setting you up for success. Did I mention this paddle has a 16mm core?
The spin on the Legacy Pro puts it in contention for the best spin around. I have had so many drives that opponents let go by them just to see them turn around and droop their heads as they watch that beautiful spin dip in the last second.
Drives, serves, rolls, and slices are just magic with this paddle. There is so much more spin coming from this paddle I had to adjust my drops because they were dipping too soon and dropping into the net. This is a good thing though because now I can hit higher drops giving me more margin for error.
The feel/control of the Legacy Pro is the key factor to whether this can be your main paddle. If you have never hit with a thermoformed unibody paddle like a Vatic Pro, or SixZero, then it will take time to get used to how much power this paddle puts out.
The adjustment period does take some time but trust me you can stick with it and learn to use it to your advantage. What you need to do is relax your grip pressure and let the paddle do the work for you on the resets.
The control on drives, serves, drops, rolls, dinks, and all other shots is amazing. The sweet spot on this paddle is large and is better than most paddles out there.
It took me about three 2 hours sessions to get comfortable using the paddle to be tournament ready. Don’t get discouraged if you go out and can’t get it right away.
Delamination is the word most associated with the Legacy Pro and it is something you must watch out for. The newer paddles are supposed to have resolved the issue, but there still have been reports of the paddles being delaminated.
Usually it happens in the first 24 hours you have the paddle, and if you do have any issues, Legacy offers amazing customer service and you’re covered under warranty.
As far as everything else durability wise after 3 months of competitive play with this paddle it has heled up very strong.
The unibody design is my favorite way to make a paddle as it feels rock solid in your hand and it has never felt like the handle will break of like the low quality Joola paddles I have broken.
Drawbacks of the Legacy Pro Paddle
I’ll address the blue whale in the room right away. Delamination. Did it happen to me? Will it happen to you? Will the paddle be banned? No, maybe, and maybe. The pros of this paddle are the power and the spin. Yes, the Legacy Pro can delaminate, and it can be hard to control at first because of the raw power. That is the bottom-line up front, so let’s dive into the details.
Do I recommend you get the Legacy Pro? Yes, I do if everything I said about it describes your ideal paddle match. One thing I didn’t mention is the weight of this paddle is well balanced and I did not have to add lead tape to it to increase performance. I think anyone can pick this paddle up and become comfortable with it. If you feel like you are lacking put away power and want to keep using a 16mm paddle then this is the choice for you.