Here is a quick comparison of two popular pickleball paddles, the Engage Pursuit MX 6.0 (Thick Core) and the Ben Johns Hyperion CFS 16 based on my personal experience as a 3.5 rated player.

Joola or Engage Pickleball Paddle?

A Comparison of The Engage Pursuit MX 6.0 vs Joola Hyperion CFS 16mm

Both are excellent paddles and you can’t go wrong. However, here are a few differences between the two paddles that may sway your decision.

Build Quality

The Joola Hyperion CFS 16 is slightly longer and more narrow than the Engage Pursuit MX 6.0. It has more of a rectangular shape versus a more squarish shape of the Engage.

The Joola has a raw carbon fiber surface that feels rough to the touch while the Engage has a graphite skin face that is smoother to the touch.  Both have about the same length handle, providing enough space for a two handed backhand.

Power and Control

The paddles both play very similarly. In fact, I am able to switch between the two paddles without much adjustment. Both paddles are very stable and do a great job of absorbing and resetting hard drives from opponents, while dinks hit with both paddles are precise. The Joola does makes a higher pitched sound when contacting the ball. The Engage is very balanced all around paddle which is great for singles or doubles play. The Joola is heavier in the head. The head heaviness helps to give the Joola the edge in generating more power on drives. However, it also slows you down at the net. The Joola is better suited for singles play.

Spin

Hands down, I am able to generate noticeably more spin with the Joola. It is satisfying to hit both forehand and backhand drives over the net with generous topspin. You will need to clear the net with a little more height on drives with the extra topspin generated. Effective topspin lobs are also a joy to hit with the Joola as well.

Fun

Overall, I find the Joola more fun to play with as I like to stay at the baseline and hit the ball hard!

Cost

Both the Joola and the Engage are priced exactly the same at 219.99

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