Ben Johns: Professional Pickleball Player Profile

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Who Is Ben Johns Pickleball Player Profile

Ben Johns is the pickleball GOAT.

Johns was born in 1999 and was homeschooled as a child and recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a Materials Science and Engineering degree in 2024. 

Ben has six other siblings, including his brother Collin who he plays doubles with and is also a professional pickleball player, and his sister Hannah who plays at a 4.5+ level and is a report/newscaster for the PPA.

Below I'll be breaking down everything there is to know about Ben Johns pickleball career and everything related, from his stats, sponsorships, estimated earnings, and so much more.

Ben Johns' Stats and Social Media

Ben John's Stats

Height: 6'1

Weight: N/A

Age: 24

Date of Birth: March 18, 1999

Birth Place: Laytonsville, MD

Ben Johns Social

YouTube: /benjohns_pb

Instagram: @benjohns_pb

Twitter: @benjohns_pb

TikTok: @benjohns.pb

Facebook: /benjohns.pb

Ben Johns' Pickleball Career

Ben Johns played both tennis and table tennis growing up, and did well in both as he helped his older brother Collin Johns train for his own professional tennis career in the pro circuit.

Ben tried pickleball for the first time in 2016 when he was 17 while on a vacation in Florida. From there he went on to get fifth place in the Men's Pro Singles at the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships a few months later.

He then earned a gold medal at the Riverbend RV Resort Pickleball Tournament within that same year, and then got a gold medal at the following U.S. Open in Men's Pro Singles.

Next up he continued his gold medal collection by winning three at the Canadian Nationals, where he began getting much more attention.

In 2019, just three years after starting, he became the first male pickleball professional player to win a triple crown (which means getting a gold medal in all three events: singles, doubles and mixed doubles) at the Tournament of Champions in Brigham City, Utah.

He then went on to win triple crowns at the U.S. Open in 2021 and 2022 as well.

Johns has 95 gold medals at the PPA Tour, quickly working his way to 100, and continues to grow his number of triple crown winnings as well.

Ben is ranked No. 1 in the world for doubles, mixed doubles, and singles by the Pro Pickleball Association (PPA) as well as by the World Pickleball Rankings and Global Pickleball Rankings.

Ben has over well over 100 total Gold Medals and 15 Triple Crowns.

What Paddle Does Ben Johns Use?

What Paddle Does Ben Johns Use?

Ben is currently using the fairly new Joola Ben Johns Perseus paddle (specifically the 16MM version).

You can read my full Joola Perseus Pickleball Paddle review here. 

Ben switched to the Perseus, coming from his previous signature paddle with Joola, the Joola Ben Johns Hyperion 16MM paddle.

You can also read my review for that one (the Joola Ben Johns Hyperion Pickleball Paddle review), which was my first and favorite paddle for a very long time.

Prior to his sponsorship with Joola Ben was sponsored by Franklin, though I don't recommend their paddles (and apparently he didn't either).

Who Is Ben Johns Sponsored By?

Ben Johns is sponsored by Joola and has affiliation with Jigsaw Health and a few of his own pickleball businesses with other pro players Dekel Bar, which we'll discuss more below.

Ben uses Joola paddles, but also wears Joola apparel as well as the arm and leg sleeves you see him wearing on the court which provide SPF50+ to keep you protected from the sun while you play.

Ben Johns' Net Worth

Most guesses and estimates have Ben Johns' net worth around 1.5 million, but it is likely far more.

Not only are most of these sources making that guess back from 2022-2023, way before far more earnings have come in from tons of different avenues, but it's very hard to know how much Ben is making from sponsorships and his own personal business endeavors.

How Much Does Ben Johns Make?

On the PPA Tour site they share this information about payouts for professional players:

The Carvana PPA Tour will set a professional pickleball record with an initial player payout floor of $5.5 million, with additional payouts to be determined throughout the season. The $5.5 million is an 83.3% payout increase over the $3 million the organization distributed in 2022. On average in 2022, PPA Touring Pros earned $96,000 from tour payouts alone, with top athletes taking home upwards of $200,000. With the 2023 season’s prize purse increase, the Carvana PPA Tour anticipates average player earnings to increase by 63.9% in 2023.

We can automatically put Ben Johns at the very top of this level, as he is the top performing professional pickleball player in all categories.

So let's just assume he easily brings in $200-300+K just from his PPA winnings (likely even more), he also has his Joola sponsorship (which we have to imagine is even more than his PPA earnings), multiple businesses that we discuss below, as well as other sponsorships and earnings coming from magazines, publications, and much more.

Does Ben Johns Own Pickleball Getaways?

Ben Johns owns Pickleball Getaways with his fellow pro player Dekel Bar, which is a company that combines vacations to exotic destinations with pickleball instruction and clinics as well as daily play. You'll find trips to Mayan Riviera, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Portugal, Croatia and other locations hat have pro players in attendance ready to teach you.

Ben also owns Pickleball 360, which is a subscription pickleball instruction service, with online instructional pickleball videos from Ben and Collin Johns, Dekel Bar and other pros. He owns this with Collin, Dekel and a fourth partner Bic Hauser.

Ben's third business, which he doesn't share as much has very little information about it right now, is Luxury Pickleball Vacations. It's unclear whether this merged with Pickleball Getaways or if he is still working on expanding this as well.

How Does Ben Johns Drill and Practice?

One thing we consistently see pro players make note of is the fact that at a point drilling becomes more important than playing more games of pickleball if you're looking to improve over time.

That's actually one of the tips on our list of the top five tips to go from 3.0 to 4.0+ in pickleball.

Well, Ben Johns drills daily with his brother Collin, and he has even shared his drilling routine.

Ben will likely also get some rec play in there, as he clearly loves the sport, but the majority of his actual gameplay and matches take place during tournaments, while the reps he gets are done through his drilling sessions.

I shared a video that Ben has uploaded to his YouTube channel that takes us through the full drilling routine that him and Collin use on a nearly daily basis.

They have very specific things they like to work on, including resets at the kitchen, fast hands, and cross court dinking - but he does a much better job showing all the little things that go into making a great session for them.

Ben Johns: Professional Pickleball Player Profile Recap and Fun FAQ

Ben Johns is the best pickleball player in the world.

He has been playing pickleball since 2016 and has racked up over 100 gold medals and more than 15 triple crowns.

Pickleball is in he family, as he plays with his older brother Collin in men's doubles, and his sister Hannah also plays at a fairly high level as well as working with the PPA as a caster and reporter.

Ben is currently sponsored by Joola, and his new paddle, the Joola Perseus, just recently came out - making waves in the pickleball paddle market just like his first signature paddle, The Hyperion did in 2022.

Ben Johns Pickleball Player

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