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The Optimal Paddle For Power and Spin

A culmination of over two years of Research & Development, in partnership with top Pickleball pros such as Tyson McGuffin, the VANGUARD Power Air addresses the need for both power and spin.

As professional Pickleball became increasingly focused on power and spin over the past 2 years, the larger community discovered the benefits of power and spin, especially when it comes to dominating opponents. VANGUARD Power Air technology was developed to champion these players and provide a paddle that enables full control of the court, with performance power and maximum spin.

While edgeless technology has been around for several years, Selkirk is committed to introducing many new performance innovations to edgeless paddles. The Power Air focuses on durability, offers an elevated feel, complete with a polymer honeycomb core, and is the power paddle the Pickleball community has been asking for.

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WHEN ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH.

We took our top of the line VANGUARD series and upped its performance, pairing its unparalleled attributes of speed and consistency with more spin and face durability that has made one of the most preferred paddles in the sport, even better.

Our most popular release ever is back. Designed for legends in the making, the iconic Regal Black Collection by Selkirk Sport is at once bold and classic, vogue and timeless, understated and distinguished. This is for those who revere the sport, celebrate the community, and share our unwavering pursuit of Pickleball perfection.

Iconic design. Legendary Performance. The Regal Collection by Selkirk Sport is Back for a Limited Time.

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POWER + CONTROL IN ONE, UNCOMPROMISING PADDLE.

Power and control are two characteristics you would expect from a pickleball paddle and yet, before AMPED, Pickleball paddles were designed for either power or control, not both. Selkirk set out to change that.

Determined not to sacrifice one characteristic by focusing on the other, we were relentlessly uncompromising in the creation of a paddle that delivers both characteristics you need to win the game.

To achieve this, the AMPED Series pioneered an entirely new technology, never before seen in the Pickleball industry. Combining a state of the art FiberFlex™ Fiberglass face with a thicker Polypropylene X5 Core™, AMPED paddles revolutionized the sport we all love and continue to amplify your power and your control.

What is the best pickleball paddle for tennis players? 🎾🎾🎾

The Best Paddle for Tennis Players is the Vanguard Power Air Invikta. The Power Air Invikta has an elongated shape most similar to a tennis raquet. It also has a longer handle (5.25") for one or two handed backhands, and it generates maximum spin and power.

The Pickleball Studio provided an independent review of the Power Invikta and also ranked the top 10 paddles for spin in 2022.

Learn More in the full article: The Best Pickleball Paddles for Tennis Players

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What is the Best Pickleball Paddle for Beginners?

The best pickleball paddle for beginners is the SLK Omega Max. The Omega Max is designed with much of the same technology as the Vanguard Power Air, but without the aerodynamic throat. Our mission was to build a paddle so beginner players can experience high performing spin and power, but at a lower price point. The result was the SLK Omega Max!

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If affordability is the bottom line, you can bundel and save with our SLK Latitude Bundle. This paddle has a traditional paddle face for a larger sweetspot. It also has a honeycomb polymer core for better control.

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What is the Best Pickleball Paddle for Spin?

The best pickleball paddle for spin is the Vanguard Power Air Invikta. The paddle was designed to generate maximum spin (click here to learn more), but also to have spin that doesn't fade after a few weeks of play. Read Full Article on the best paddles for spin here: The Best Pickleball Paddles for Spin

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What is the Best Pickleball Paddle for Control?

The best pickleball paddle for control is the Vanguard 2.0 Epic. The "traditional" or "classic" paddle shape creates the largest sweetspot and the thicker core allows for a longer "dwell time" on the face of the paddle leading to a "softer" feel.

The Selkirk Labs Project 003 is considered the ultimate control paddle with an industry leading 20mm core. The 003 paddle is exlusively for Selkirk Labs Members, but all are welcome to apply for membership (Selkirk Labs is the independent branch of Selkirk dedicated to Research and Development and is dependent on members' feedback to improve future iterations of our paddles).

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What is the Best Pickleball Paddle for Power?

The Best Pickleball Paddle for Power is the Vanguard Power Air Invikta. The Elongated Shape gives you additonal reach, but most importantly, it allows you to generate more power. The edgeless design and aerodynamic throat make this our most aerodynamic paddle ever produced allowing you to 1) generate more force (or power) behind your shots and 2) gives you better hand speed at the net for those hand battles.

To learn more about what type of paddle provides power, you can read this article: The Best Pickleball Paddles for Power

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What is the best "all around" pickleball paddle?

Selkirk has 3 primary Paddle Shapes:

  1. The Invikta (elongated)
  2. The Epic ("classic" paddle shape + standard handle)
  3. The S2 ("classic" paddle shape + short handle)

The EPIC paddle shape is the best all around paddle shape. Most players prefer the larger sweet spot of the traditional paddle face paired with a longer handle (wether or not they use a two handed backhand). The Epic Paddle Shape is available in all 3 of our best selling collections:

What is the best "all around" pickleball paddle?

Selkirk has 3 primary Paddle Shapes:

  1. The Invikta (elongated)
  2. The Epic ("classic" paddle shape + standard handle)
  3. The S2 ("classic" paddle shape + short handle)

The EPIC paddle shape is the best all around paddle shape. Most players prefer the larger sweet spot of the traditional paddle face paired with a longer handle (wether or not they use a two handed backhand). The Epic Paddle Shape is available in all 3 of our best selling collections:

Is there really a difference in pickleball paddles?

Yes! Pickleball paddles have different weights (ranging from 7.2 oz to 9.8 oz), are made of different materials (aluminum, carbon fiber, nomex, fiberglass), different shapes (most commonly elongated or standard) and are often designed for differnt types of players. For example, paddles designed for tennis players are usually elongated and use a surface that generates maximum spin and power. Paddles for Beginners are designed with a larger sweetspot to minimize mishits.

How do you pick a pickleball paddle?

Your background is a great place to start when choosing a paddle. If you come from tennis or raquetball, elongated paddles wil give you that familiar feel. Beginners with little to know raquet sports background are best suited with a "traditional" or "classic" shaped paddle. And of course, USING a paddle is a great way to know what work for you! Which is why we offer a hassle free return or exchange policy if you are unsatisfied with your paddle.

The best "all around" paddle is the Vanguard 2.0 EPIC. The EPIC Shape gives you the traditional paddle face and a "standard" handle length that most people prefer. The EPIC shape is available in all our Selkirk Paddle Collection including the 3 most popular: Vanguard 2.0, Amped, and Vanguard Power Air.

What is the difference between a cheap and expensive pickleball paddle?

Cheap pickleball paddles can be a great place to start for beginners! But they often generate little to no spin, break easily, and have no warranties. Expensive paddles (should) have advanced technologies that are proven to improve your game. At the pro level, spin is one of the most sought after attributes of a paddle, and paddles that generate maximum spin are often at a higher price point.

Selkirk highly recomends you find independent reviews of paddles that compare performance. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for manufacturers to make claims that are exagerated or completely untrue.

Is a thicker pickleball paddle better? 

No, not necessarily better. Thicker paddles are generally considered better for control. The thicker the paddle, the more time the ball is in contact with the paddle, and the greater degree of control you have in your shot. Selkirk offers the thickest paddle core on the market at 20mm in the Selkirk Labs Project 003 paddle (the ultimate control and spin paddle).

Is an Elongated Pickleball Paddle better?

No, but it has certain advantages many players will appreciate such as:

  1. You can generate more power.
  2. You have a greater reach.

Often players with a tennis or racquetball background prefer elongated paddles because it will feel most familiar to a racket.

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What is the Best Pickleball paddle to buy?

There is no universal answer to this question, but we do believe there is a best pickleball paddle out there FOR YOU! You can use these resources to narrow your search!

Vanguard Power Air Epic (includes free paddle case and $25 e-gift card) - Black
The ultimate power & spin paddle   The Story A culmination of over two years of Research & Development, in partnership with top Pickleball pros such as Tyson McGuffin, the VANGUARD Power Air addresses the need for both power and...
from $250.00
Vanguard Power Air Invikta (includes free paddle case and $25 e-gift card) - Black
The ultimate power & spin paddle   The Story A culmination of over two years of Research & Development, in partnership with top Pickleball pros such as Tyson McGuffin, the VANGUARD Power Air addresses the need for both power and...
from $250.00
Vanguard Power Air S2 (includes free paddle case and $25 e-gift card) - Black
The ultimate power & spin paddle   The Story A culmination of over two years of Research & Development, in partnership with top Pickleball pros such as Tyson McGuffin, the VANGUARD Power Air addresses the need for both power and...
from $250.00
Vanguard 2.0 Epic (includes free paddle case and $25 e-gift card) - Crimson Black
from $200.00
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Vanguard 2.0 Epic (includes free paddle case and $25 e-gift card) - Crimson Black
Vanguard 2.0Utalizing our new Pro-Spin Texture and Quantum-CarbonFiber Face, the Vanguard 2.0 delivers the unwavering speed and consistency you need to take your Pickleball game to another level. EpicLong Handle - Standard FaceBest all-around paddle. Ideal for first-time buyers and...
from $200.00
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