My name is Val Drachev and I'm a silver medalist of the 2021 US Open, singles 65+, 4.0. I have learned everything about paddles, in and out, from my experience of making and fixing paddles, and playing pickleball almost every day.
All DBall pickleball paddles are handcrafted by me personally in my workshop. You can choose your paddle from already pre-built ones
or build to order your unique paddle, based on your specs, which may include a paddle shape, weight, paddle face(s) color, handle size and profile, over grip tape color. Moreover, you can send me a sketch of your own paddle design and we can discuss how to build it.
I use a polypropylene honeycomb core from the Plascore company
of Zeeland, MI with the glass/epoxy or carbon fiber skins factory built.
A variety of paint is used to finish the paddle faces. The true octagonal tennis style handles are made of balsa/bass wood from National Balsa Wood Co
of Ware, MA and are wrapped with a tacky, thin over grip tape. The edgeless paddles are protected with a thin plastic rim from the Cowles compony
of North Haven, CT. The standard edge guard if used is overlapping 1/8" the paddle face and comes from Spain in different colors.
Once completed, each paddle is personally tested. If it does not meet my standards, I rebuild it again to ensure the quality and performance achieve the highest level.
The paddles are perfect for new & seasoned players at an affordable price, and have the best all-around feel, balance, and performance; from touch drop shots to hard drives and lobs. The major difference between DBall Paddles and others on the market is the ball stays longer on the paddle, enabling more time to control and spin.
DBall Paddles are tested by 5.0 pro players. David Duncan
, John Sperling
, John Cincola
, Hunter Johnson
and Byron Freso
are among some of the high level pro pickleball players who have tested and affirmed the paddle's level of quality and playability.Over 900 pickleball paddles have been shipped to 48 states and overseas including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.Warranty:
DBall Poly paddles are covered by a limited warranty for defective material and workmanship for 6 months from the date of purchase if the paddles are not used for outdoor play at a temperature lower than 56F. Any items may be return within 30 days in a new condition.What is not covered:
Damage caused by abuse, user modification and the natural breakdown from extended use are not covered. Hitting the ground with the paddle or a hard object, such as another paddle, may cause damage to the core, resulting in a compromised performance of the paddle, which are not covered under the warranty.Please note:
Due to the edge-less design, the paddles will develop scratches on the edge during play. This is normal wear and is not considered a defect in the product.
The DBall paddles are not USAPA approved for sanctioned tournaments play, but they meet all USAPA requirements.It will take 1 or 2 days to build a paddle. Use a "Special Requests: " window to write your specific requests.At checkout time you can choose to pay with Credit or Debit Card (select PayPal as a method of payment), check or cash (in store). No need to have or open your PayPal account.
I keep records of all paddles shipped. To find your paddle, go to the "Order Status" menu and locate it by state, paddle shape type, or your name. You will see all photos of your paddle, specs, date of shipping, return policy and warranty.
Click on this link
if you would like to know more about how paddles are made.