Been playing with it for a month and love it....demoed the pro kennex oval and found I did not like the grip....moved over from the Engage Poach advantage extreme.....this has move pop than that old paddle.....great control.......
The paddle is great - other than something rattles in the head :)
This is my 4th paddle, second 17" one. I also have the Omni, and Poach Advantage Extreme. Can't beat the feel at the net with the AMPED paddles. I've noticed ZERO difference because of the width, and an immediate HUGE difference from the length. It's the only paddle for me, though I'm sure I'll keep testing others. Really don't understand why anyone would use a shorter paddle, but that's just me.
I play at a strong 3.5 level and I've played many games with this paddle. I LOVE how this paddle drives the ball - the sweet spot is larger than you'd think considering the paddle face size. If I could give this a 1-10 review, I'd say it's a 9/10 for what it is - a great lightweight smaller faced blade that plays like a full-sized paddle. I'll say that out of the the AMPED lightweight series, this one has less forgiveness at the net and you'll probably get a lot more benefit from it if you're a more advanced player (3.5+ to-4.5). It feels great in the hand, has awesome balance - for sure the best balance of all their blades, and you get a great advantage with volley duels. The standard handle size is perfect and I'd say I have larger hands / palms. If you're looking for a solid paddle and you're an advanced player trying to get an edge at the net - this is a great paddle for you.