I just got my Vanguard S-2 Hybrid through an outside source because they are back ordered at Selkirk. I am a 4.0 player and having been using the S-2 Amped, which is a great paddle. I have always been skeptical of new equipment hype because in golf and skiing it is really the old stuff with a face lift. Not so with this. I started practice with old S-2 Amped so I could give the Vanguard a fair evaluation. When I switched to the Vanguard it was amazing. Your crushing serves stay in. At the net, you can lift shots that are below the net, put serious pace on it, with top spin, and keep it in. Miss hits on the end of the paddle are like you hit the sweet spot. Anything in the green zone is an automatic put away. Forehand and backhand shots feel the same. It is truly worth the money. To sum it up, if you are playing a player of similar ability and he/she is using the Vanguard and you're not....you're going to get beat, I don't care what brand you are using.