Volair Forza 16mm - Is it really as good as everyone thinks?

Will Chaing
Will Chaing
November 7, 2023

Volair Forza Paddle Review: A boring paddle…but that’s a very good thing?

In the world of pickleball, choosing the right paddle can be a challenging task with so many options available. Today, we're taking a closer look at the Volair Forza paddle, a thermoformed paddle that might not immediately stand out but has some remarkable qualities that make it a fantastic choice for intermediate and high-level recreational players. So, why is this seemingly unassuming paddle worth your consideration? Let's explore its features and performance.

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Sleek Design with a Splash of Color

The Volair Forza paddle boasts a sleek and modern design that sets it apart from the crowd of raw carbon fiber-faced paddles. One standout feature is the prominent blue Volair logo and text on the side, adding a unique touch to its appearance. The blue gradient on the paddle face, combined with the matching blue grip, adds a pleasing aesthetic touch that catches the eye.

The Power and Pop Factor

Now, let's address the elephant in the room—the paddle's "pop." The Forza offers an impressive "pop" off the paddle face, meaning the ball leaves the surface rapidly upon contact. In terms of pop, it stands on par with other popular thermoformed paddles such as the CRBNx series, Vatic Pro V7, and Electrum Elite. However, this explosive pop can be a double-edged sword for players not accustomed to such speed. It can help you win quick exchanges at the kitchen line, but it might also challenge shot control initially.

During our testing against players ranging from 4.0 to 5.0+, it became apparent that the Forza's pop, combined with its relatively lightweight and lower swing weight, required some adjustment. The first few returns often had too much power, leading to missed shots. However, with practice, players can harness this power to their advantage.

Prioritizing Touch and Resets

Interestingly, we had the opportunity to chat with Julian Arnold, an experienced professional PPA tour player who opted for the original Volair Mach 1 (14mm) paddle instead of the Forza. Julian explained that, at his level of play, he prioritizes touch and resets over sheer power. For players who can generate their own power, choosing a paddle that allows for softer shots can complement their game.

A Closer Look at Power

While the Forza doesn't deliver overwhelming power, it offers more than enough for competitive play. It falls somewhere in the range of the R1 Pulsar, Vatic Flash 16, and Double Black Diamond 16mm paddles—solid options for those seeking a balanced mix of power and control.

Unmatched Spin Potential

One area where the Forza truly excels is spin. It features a gritty texture reminiscent of the CRBNx, offering exceptional spin potential. The combination of its relatively light weight and lower swing weight allows players to whip the paddle quickly, generating impressive RPMs on the ball. This paddle is highly maneuverable and fast in the hands.

Touch and Feel

The Forza's lightweight and low swing weight contribute to its unique feel, which some players may describe as hollow. While this characteristic may not be to everyone's liking, it does have its merits. For players who prefer responsive and stiffer paddles, the Forza's feedback can be an advantage. However, it may not inspire confidence when attempting tough resets or defending against powerful shots and overheads. To address this, adding some weight to specific positions on the paddle can enhance stability.

Durability and Warranty

In terms of reliability, there haven't been widespread reports of durability issues with the Forza. Volair provides a 30-day return policy and a 90-day warranty, which aligns with industry standards and offers peace of mind to potential buyers.


  • Average Weight: 8.2 oz
  • Paddle Length: 16.5 in
  • Paddle Width: 7.5 in
  • Thickness: 16 mm
  • Handle Length: 5.5 in
  • Grip Circumference: 4.125 in
  • Core Material: Polypropylene Honeycomb, Foam Walls
  • Paddle Face Material: Raw T700 Carbon Fiber

The Final Verdict: DOPE

In conclusion, the Volair Forza paddle earns its place in the "dope" category, and not just because of its appealing design. It performs on par with some of the best paddles available, with minor differences that can be seen as positive or negative, depending on your preferences. If you're in the market for a top-tier paddle that's relatively lightweight and offers customization options to tailor it to your playing style, the Volair Forza should be at the top of your list. That wraps up our review of the Volair Forza paddle. Until next time, play better, peace!