To get caught up with all the paddle news coming out of the US Open Pickleball Championships, take a look at my blog from yesterday: Does Pickleball Have a Paddle Problem? Gritgate 2022
After the controversial testing video surfaced last weekend, where JOOLA pickleball paddles were deemed “not good, you don’t want me to keep testing this,” JOOLA President Richard Lee released a response video. In the video, Lee goes on to explain how the device used in last week’s video is used to test the surface roughness. You can watch the video below.
After watching the video, I can see why people were upset with last week’s video as Lee’s testing seemed to be much more controlled. Lee’s testing was done on a smooth, flat surface not on the edge of a chair. He used the device as intended with the two pieces disconnected from one another. Arguably the most important piece was that he tested all the appropriate angles.
At the conclusion of the video Lee shows the results of the testing (see image below) and shows that the paddle was within legal limits of the averages deemed by USA Pickleball.
After looking at it closely, the first column average is miscalculated by Richard Lee. This was his response via his Instagram comments: “You are right. I miscalculated. This is why the 5% Accuracy margin of error and lab controlled testing matters. In this case we are well within the margin of error at under 2%.”
I understand that this was just one test and it was done by someone who has an interest in the paddle company, but if we are comparing apples to apples with the video that surfaced last weekend, I would lean towards Lee’s video being more telling. JOOLA’s paddles have not been banned for tournament play, so I imagine the USA Pickleball would tend to agree with me.