These paddles are perfect for beginners and for those players seeking a heavy paddle. When the sport was invented, wooden paddles and racquets were the first ones used by players. Over the years, the designs have improved with the use of higher-quality plywood material, better grips, and safety straps. They are very cost-effective, making them popular with schools, clubs, YMCAs, and a variety of recreational programs. Most of these paddles weigh between 9 and 11 ounces with some even heavier.