Ronbus Pulsar FX Review (R1, R2, & R3 Shapes) Power, Spin, and Control

Ronbus Pulsar FX

Ronbus Pulsar FX is consistently innovating and advancing paddle technology. Since their inception, they have launched high-performing paddles with unique features at affordable prices, offering a refreshing alternative as major manufacturers continue to drive paddle prices to exorbitant levels.

Today, I am excited to introduce the new Ronbus paddle, the Pulsar FX. This latest model comes in three shapes (R1, R2, R3) and is expected to be well-received by both new and existing Ronbus fans.

The Pulsar FX replaces the original Pulsar series and continues the Gen 3 thermoforming paddle trend that Ronbus pioneered with their previous Nova line.

Like the Nova, the Pulsar FX series employs the same “edge-grid” technology that resolved the crushed core/core corruption issues of early thermoformed paddles, while also enhancing the paddle’s dynamic response during play.

Additionally, the Pulsar FX line introduces a new patent-pending flexible grid technology that increases power and spin output while extending dwell time for better control.

Over the past five weeks, I have thoroughly tested the new Pulsar FX line, trying out all three shapes it offers. I have greatly enjoyed using these paddles, and I am eager to share my review with you.

Ronbus Pulsar FX Technical Specifications

  • Price: $180 BUY
  • Shape: Hybrid (R1), Wide-body (R2), Elongated-Standard (R3)
  • Total length: 16.5″ (R1, R3), 16″ (R2)
  • Width: 7.5″ (R1, R3), 8″ (R2)
  • Core thickness: 16mm
  • Surface: Raw Toray T700 Carbon Fiber
  • Average weight: 8.2oz, +/- 0.2oz
  • Grip length: 5.5″
  • Grip size: 4.125″ Octagon
  • Swing Weight: 114 (R2), 119 (R1), 122 (R3)
  • Twist Weight: 6.22 (R1, R3), 6.95 (R2)
  • Core: Polypropylene Honeycomb

Key Takeaways

The adjustments made to the FX over the original Pulsar paddle are noticeable and result in a more connected feeling with the ball. While I test and play with many paddles, the Pulsar FXs have recently stood out to me the most. I absolutely love how they perform overall.

The paddle feels denser and slightly heavier. Compared to the original Pulsar, the FX offers more power, pop, control, and marginally more spin. I’ve found that the Pulsar FX paddles combine the best traits of the original Pulsar and Nova series while further improving on them.

Although it’s bittersweet to see the original Pulsar line go, I believe the FX line is a worthy successor. These are the best Ronbus paddles I’ve ever played with. I really appreciate the solid dwell time and how well the FX paddles grip the ball, which I attribute to the flexible grid pattern Ronbus has introduced with this line. Additionally, the new surface texture significantly increases the paddles’ spin output.

The only potential drawback I’ve noticed with the Pulsar FX series is the weight, as my FXs all came in slightly heavier than my other Ronbus paddles, at around 8.3oz. However, the difference is minor and only an issue if you prefer lighter paddles. Personally, I added some extra weight to my FXs, as I prefer a heavier paddle for added power and stability.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the addition of the R2 wide body shape in the FX line. The original Pulsar and Nova series didn’t offer this shape, and I think the R2 design will become very popular once people try it out. I typically use the elongated R3 shape for singles and the R1 shape for doubles, but the R2’s excellent sweet spot and smooth stability make it a highly appealing choice for doubles.


The Pulsar FX line’s power output is impressive and consistent with what you’d expect from a thermoformed paddle. These paddles are ideal if you enjoy hitting big, heavy drives with excellent follow-through. My overheads feel very potent, and my drives and serves are powerful yet smooth and controlled. Counters and punch volleys are packed with great force, and stab/half-volleys feel effortless despite the power they deliver.

If you already play with a Ronbus paddle, you’ll notice that the FX paddles offer more power than the original Pulsar and Nova series. The ball feels like it has a more “trampoline” effect compared to those paddles. While the original R3 Pulsar might have a slight edge in power output over the R2-shaped Pulsar FX, the R2 Pulsar FX is the most powerful, wide-bodied paddle I’ve played with.

I do wish there were thinner options for these paddles, such as 14mm, 13mm, or even 12mm versions. A thinner Pulsar FX could more easily compete in power output with a Joola Gen 3 or Gearbox Power paddle.


If a controllable feel is a high priority for you, the Pulsar FX series is one of the best thermoformed options available. The FX’s new flexible carbon fiber grid provides a very pleasant hitting experience. The FX is exceptionally smooth, controlled, and responsive. My drops and resets feel buttery smooth with these paddles and have performed better than with any other thermoformed paddle I’ve used this year. There was no adjustment period needed for my soft game with any of my FX paddles, although they did feel even better after a few weeks of play.

The Pulsar FX paddles offer an appealing plush sink-in feeling that makes you feel truly connected to and in control of the ball. The way the ball sits on the face reminds me of the Six Zero Ruby. The FX series also provides significant stability, much more than the original Pulsar, which I attribute to the carbon fiber grid. The sweet spot on these paddles is excellent, especially with the R2 shape, which essentially offers an all-sweet spot-experience.

With its great feel, stability, and touch, you have a lot of margin to work with on drops, dinks, blocks, and resets. These paddles make my drops feel consistently reliable every time I play with them. The only area where you might feel less control compared to other lighter paddles is at the net, where hand speed is crucial for control.


All of Ronbus’s paddles feature top-tier spin output, and this remains true with the Pulsar FX. In fact, the FX line employs a new peel-ply texture on its carbon fiber face that enhances spin noticeably. I feel more confident being aggressive with my topspin and underspin compared to other Ronbus paddles, though the difference isn’t huge.

The ability to impart spin on my drives, drops, dinks, rolls, and flicks with the Pulsar FX is exactly where I want it to be. My spin on flicks and speed-ups at the net is definitely improved over the original Pulsar. With the FX, I can attack opponents with wild angles, knowing that my high-spin shots will stay in bounds. I’m also hopeful that the new peel-ply texture will improve durability, as longer-lasting spin is always desirable.


I’ve noticed similar results in pop and speed on serves, counters, and punch volleys when comparing the original Pulsar to the Pulsar FX. The original Pulsar has a slightly crisper feel overall, while the Pulsar FX, with its new flexible carbon fiber grid, increases dwell time.

Overall, the Pulsar FX is not an extremely high-pop paddle, but it is solid. The FX offers responsive dwell time that enhances controllability, while still making your shots feel crisp and energetic.

Hand speed

This is one area where you might sacrifice a bit of performance compared to the original Pulsar, primarily due to the weight, although the paddle’s balance is excellent.

If you don’t add weight to your paddles and play them stock, you might find your hands feeling slightly slower when using the Pulsar FX, unless you already use a heavier paddle. I personally play with a heavier paddle modified with lead tape, so the extra weight doesn’t bother me, but it can slow wrist movements and affect the disguise of your speed-ups at the net.

That said, the Pulsar FX won’t have you significantly lagging behind the ball. It’s not an ultralight paddle, but it’s also not excessively heavy. The paddle’s substantial weight improves key areas like power and stability,, which are excellent features of this paddle. Just don’t expect it to excel in hand battles at the kitchen if you’re accustomed to lighter paddles.


Ronbus has excellent durability across their paddle line. I’ve played with and recommended many Ronbus paddles, and I’ve yet to hear any complaints in this area. Notably, the Pulsar FX series features Ronbus’s unique air-permeable edge grid, which addresses potential durability issues inherent in the thermoforming process. This innovation was originally introduced in their Nova line.

I have heard that a few Pulsar FX owners experienced some edge-guard durability and warping issues, but these were pre-release models. I believe Ronbus has since addressed these concerns.


Like all Ronbus paddles, the Pulsar FX is priced competitively for its performance. Ronbus is one of the better pickleball paddle companies in terms of cost-to-value. At $160 with a discount code, the Pulsar FX is an excellent choice.

Should you buy the R1, R2, or R3 Pulsar FX shape?

It’s exciting to have the option to choose from three paddle shapes with this new line. When selecting the right paddle for you, it’s essential to consider a few key performance areas.

R1 Pulsar FX: This hybrid-shaped offering performs well across the board. It’s marginally more powerful than the R2 and slightly less so than the R3. Its hand speed and pop output also fall right in the middle between the two. The sweet spot is slightly smaller than the R2 and slightly larger than the R3. This paddle shape is a great all-arounder, very popular for good reason.

R2 Pulsar FX: This wide-body paddle is perfect for controllability and stands as the best standard-shaped paddle for power on the market. It boasts a huge and forgiving sweet spot, being the largest of the group, and is also the most maneuverable with its higher twist weight. Its stability is exceptional, making it an excellent choice for players who prioritize a paddle that supports them, limits detrimental mishits, and keeps them moving fast at the kitchen. Its pop is also the highest due to having the lowest swing weight.

R3 Pulsar FX: With its elongated shape, the R3 model excels in power output, stability, and reach, making it the most ideal option for singles and for players seeking power or needing extra reach. However, due to its length, it is the least maneuverable of the three paddle shapes offered.

Overall, another well-made offering from Ronbus. Thanks to Dong and his team for creating stellar paddles for us to use.

FAQs about Ronbus Pulsar FX

What materials are Ronbus paddles made of?

Ronbus paddles are typically made of high-quality materials such as carbon fiber, fiberglass, and polymer cores.

Are Ronbus paddles suitable for beginners?

Yes, Ronbus paddles are designed to cater to players of all skill levels, including beginners. They offer a range of paddles with different features to suit various playing styles and preferences.

What makes Ronbus paddles unique?

Ronbus paddles are known for their innovative technology and high performance at affordable prices. They often feature advanced features like edge-guard technology, carbon fiber grids, and unique paddle shapes.

Do Ronbus paddles come with a warranty?

Yes, Ronbus paddles typically come with a limited warranty against manufacturing defects. It’s recommended to check the specific warranty terms provided with each paddle.

How do I care for my Ronbus paddle?

To ensure the longevity of your Ronbus paddle, it’s essential to store it properly (away from extreme temperatures and direct sunlight) and clean it regularly with a damp cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the paddle’s surface.

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