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Spartus Gladius Centurion

My top pick for paddles under $100 for the balance between control, power, and spin.

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Ratings:

Power

9.0

/10

Control

9.5

/10

Pop

8.5

/10

Spin

9.0

/10

$90.99

$90.99

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$99.99

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This is a unibody carbon fiber paddle with a foam-injected perimeter. It has great spin, great control, decent power and a great sweet spot.  If you want a premium paddle that has a 5.5” handle for under $100 then this is a choice you should consider.    

  • Weight:  8.0 oz
  • Dimensions: 116.5″ x 7.5″
  • Handle Length: 5.5″
  • Grip Circumference: 4.125″
  • Face: T700 Carbon Fiber
  • Thickness: 16mm
  • Swing Weight: 118

Spartus is a new company that puts a high emphasis on quality.  They have an excellent option for $100 in the Gladius Centurion, as it offers a good balance of everything while maintaining quality materials for the price point. 

I think this is a great first or second paddle for someone coming from tennis or even someone looking to take their game to the next level.  The 5.5” handle is high quality and lets you jump on the two-handed backhand trend.  I also love the red edge guard and giant red S on the paddle which makes it stand out when you place it in the paddle queue.

I classify the Gladius Centurion as an all-court paddle as it does a little of everything.  The one area it lacks is pop, but this is a good thing if you are still working on your game because most of the poppier paddles are more challenging to control.  You will be able to grow your serves, drives, drops, dinks, rolls, and speed ups with this paddle.  Just because it is a value paddle does not mean it will hold your game back.  You can feel confident getting this and taking it to the court.

Spartus paddles are backed by a 90 day warranty against manufacturer’s defects from purchase date. Warranties are only valid to the original purchaser and not transferable.

Please note that the warranty does not cover the following:

  • Normal wear and tear (e.g., grip wearing out, scratches, worn edgeguard, graphics fading, chip damage, etc.)
  • Abuse and/or negligence
  • Hitting objects other than the pickleball
  • Purchases from unauthorized dealers
  • Individuals who aren’t the original purchaser
  • Lack of proof of purchase
  • Paddles that were bought used

-Spartus Website

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Furthermore, we only recommend paddles that we have personally tested. We use each paddle for a minimum of 3 weeks and try to collect and present the most objective review possible. 

Sure…we give our thoughts, but we also want to give you, the reader, all the information to form your own opinion.  

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