I just started playing 5 months ago, bought a low cost Franklin paddle. Did ok but the ball seemed a bit dead coming off the paddle, not getting the power, angles, response. I called Selkirk and talked to a rep, she recommended the Amped S2 with the largest sweet spot. Played with it twice and my gme has improved sooooo much! The ball has more zip off the paddle, more shots go over the net, much more responsive feel. Not a pro overnight but having more fun and winning more. Sold on Selkirk, get one, you won't be sorry. I like the midweight, short handle.